Sydney University Microeconometrics and Public Policy Working Group


Welcome to the Microeconometric and Public Policy working group in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney!

The group provides an opportunity for faculty working on empirical microeconomics and public policy, broadly understood, to present early-stage and ongoing research. Other interested faculty and Ph.D. students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present from time to time.

There can be more than one presenter in a given week, depending on how much material each presenter has ready. However, keeping in mind the need to allow ample time for discussion of early-stage work, it's probably best to have a single presenter plan to present for 30-40 minutes, and allow the remainder of the time for questions and discussion.

For Semester 2, 2015, please contact Russell Toth if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. You can also speak with Russell, Garry Barrett, or Hayley Fisher in person.


Semester 2, 2015

Fortnightly meetings held on Fridays 11.30am to 12.30pm in Merewether Seminar room 397 unless otherwise stated.




 21 Aug

Hayley Fisher

Marital status transitions and superannuation

4 Sept



18 Sept

Nicolas Salamanca

Parenting Style as an Investment in Child Development

25 Sept

Susan Thorp

Family, friends and framing: A cross-country study of subjective survival expectations

16 Oct

Stefi Schurer

What explains the evolution of exceptional cognitive and emotional skills of disadvantaged children?

23 Oct             *Special time 4-5pm

Katrien Stevens

Negotiating the Gender Wage Gap

 30 Oct

Silvia Mendolia


6 Nov

Ning Xu


13 Nov

Felix Leung


Semester 1, 2015

Fortnightly meetings held on Fridays 12-1pm in Merewether Seminar room 397 unless otherwise stated.




 6 March
*Special Event
12 - 2pm*

  • Tiho Ancev
  • Nic de Roos
  • Stephanie Heger
  • Kevin Schnepel
  • Russell Toth

20 March

Ulrich Laitenberger (ZEW)

The Discontent Cartel Member and Cartel Collapse: The Case of the German Cement Cartel

27 March

Stefanie Schurer

Testing the validity of item non-response as proxy for cognitive and non-cognitive skills

24 April

Hayley Fisher

The effect of receiving child support on household income and labour supply: evidence from Australia

1 May

Liam Delaney

Adolescent Mental Health & Employment in the Great Recession: Evidence from a US Cohort Study

Seminar supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

8 May

Evarn Ooi

Adopting a White First Name and Labour Market Discrimination: A Field Experiment in the Australian Labour Market

22 May

Kevin Schnepel

Life Unleaded: Effects of Early Interventions for Children Exposed to Lead

29 May

Hasneen Jahan

Directional distance functions and measurement of environmentally adjusted efficiency under alternative disposability assumptions

12 June


19 June



3 July