Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3272

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Biographical details

Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is Director of the Program in Gender and Families at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Deborah earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan (1990). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, she was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne. She has also held positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University where she was the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre. Her research agenda centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions. She has published more than four dozen academic articles in leading international journals and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

Research interests

  • Social and economic disadvantage;
  • Mental health;
  • Early childhood development;
  • Adolescents;
  • Family economics;
  • Behavioural economics; and
  • Labour economics.

Selected grants

2014

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life course; Baxter J, Harmon C, Cobb-Clark D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/ARC Centres of Excellence.
  • Living on the Margin: The Relationship between Mental Health and Work in Australia; Cobb-Clark D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Non-Cognitive Skills and Human Capital Investments: The Importance of Individuals’ Sense of Control; Cobb-Clark D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • The Role of the Family in Facilitating the Human Capital and Labour Market Investments of Young Australians; Cobb-Clark D, Ryan C, Gorgens T, Tamura Y; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Cobb-Clark, D., Herault, N., Scutella, R., Tseng, Y. (2016). A Journey Home: What Drives How Long People Are Homeless? Journal of Urban Economics, 91(January), 57-72. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Jha, N. (2016). Educational Achievement and the Allocation of School Resources. The Australian Economic Review, 49(3).
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Sinning, M. (2016). Locus of Control and Savings. Journal of Banking and Finance, Forthcoming.
  • Wooden, M., Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D. (2016). Sickness absence and mental health: evidence from a nationally representative longitudinal survey. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, 42(3), 201-208.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., TRINH, L., MCVICAR, D., Zhang, S. (2015). 'High'-School: The Relationship between Early Marijuana Use and Educational Outcomes. Economic Record, 91(293), 247-266.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Le, T., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2015). Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School? Education Economics, 23(4), 376-395.
  • Caliendo, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Uhlendorff, A. (2015). Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies. Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(1), 88-103. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D. (2015). Locus of Control and the Labor Market. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 4(3), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Barón, J., Erkal, N. (2015). Welfare Receipt and the Intergenerational Transmission of Work-Welfare Norms. Southern Economics Journal, 82(1), 208-234.
  • Antecol, H., Cobb-Clark, D., Helland, E. (2014). Bias in the Legal Profession: Self-Assessed versus Statistical Measures of Discrimination. The Journal of Legal Studies (Chicago), 43, 323-357.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Tekin, E. (2014). Fathers and youths' delinquent behavior. Review of Economics of the Household, 12(2), 327-358. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Schurer, S. (2014). Healthy habits: The connection between diet, exercise, and locus of control. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 98, 1-28. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2014). Parents’ Economic Support of Young-Adult Children: Do Socioeconomic Circumstances Matter? Journal of Population Economics, 27(2), 447-471. [More Information]
  • Antecol, H., Cobb-Clark, D. (2013). Do psychosocial traits help explain gender segregation in young people's occupations? Labour Economics, 21, 59-73. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Stillman, S. (2013). Return migration and the age profile of retirement among immigrants. IZA Journal of Migration, 2:20, 1-20.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Schurer, S. (2013). Two Economists' Musings on the Stability of Locus of Control. Economic Journal, 123(570), F358-F400. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Nguyen, T. (2012). Educational Attainment Across Generations: The Role of Immigration Background. Economic Record, 88(283), 554-575.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Ribar, D. (2012). Financial stress, family relationships, and Australian youths' transitions from home and school. Review of Economics of the Household, 10(4), 469-490. [More Information]
  • Choi, K., Tienda, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M. (2012). Immigration and status exchange in Australia and the United States. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(1), 49-62. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M., Stillman, S. (2012). Migrant Youths’ Educational Achievement: The Role of Institutions. American Academy of Political and Social Science. Annals, 643(September 2012), 18-45. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Ryan, C., Sartbayeva, A. (2012). Taking Chances: The Effect that Growing Up on Welfare Has on the Risky Behavior of Young People. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 114(3), 729-755. [More Information]
  • Schurer, S., Cobb-Clark, D. (2012). The stability of big-five personality traits. Economics Letters, 115(1), 11-15. [More Information]
  • Bauer, T., Cobb - Clark, D., Hildebrand, V., Sinning, M. (2011). A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap. Economic Inquiry, 49(4), 989-1007.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M. (2011). Neighborhood diversity and the appreciation of native- and immigrant-owned homes. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 41, 214-226. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Tan, M. (2011). Noncognitive skills, occupational attainment, and relative wages. Labour Economics, 18, 1-13. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Hildebrand, V. (2011). Portfolio allocation in the face of a means - tested public pension. Review of Income and Wealth, 57(3), 536-560. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D. (2010). Disadvantage across the Generations: What Do We Know about Social and Economic Mobility in Australia? Economic Record, 86(1), 13-17.
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Baron, J. (2010). Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in Private- and Public-Sector Employment: A Distributional Analysis. Economic Record, 86(273), 227-246.
  • Antecol, H., Cobb - Clark, D. (2010). The effect of community-level socio-economic conditions on threatening racial encounters. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 40(6), 517-529. [More Information]
  • Baron, J., Breunig, R., Cobb-Clark, D., Gorgens, T., Sartbayeva, A. (2009). Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History? Journal of Official Statistics, 25(4), 483-507.
  • Antecol, H., Barcus, V., Cobb - Clark, D. (2009). Gender-biased behavior at work: Exploring the relationship between sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30(5), 782-792. [More Information]
  • Antecol, H., Cobb - Clark, D. (2009). Racial harassment, job satisfaction, and intentions to remain in the military. Journal of Population Economics, 22(3), 713-738. [More Information]
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Hildebrand, V. (2009). The asset portfolios of native-born and foreign-born Australian households. Economic Record, 85(268), 46-59. [More Information]
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Stillman, S. (2009). The retirement epectations of middle-aged Australians. Economic Record, 85(269), 146-163. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Wooden, M. (2016). Mental Health and Productivity at Work: Does What You Do Matter?, No. 2016-06 April 2016, (pp. 1 - 56). St Lucia, Australia: The University of Queensland.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Jha, N. (2013). Educational Achievement and the Allocation of School Resources, Working Paper No. 27/13, (pp. 1 - 37). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Ducan, T., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2013). The Impact of Middle-Years Experiences on Educational and Labour Market Outcomes, July 2012, (pp. 1 - 62). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Hanel, B., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2012). Longitudinal analysis of employment outcomes for vulnerable and other migrants, April 2012, (pp. 1 - 78). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2012). The capacity of families to support young Australians: financial transfers from parents, co-residence and youth outcomes, Occasional Paper No. 45, (pp. 1 - 64). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2009). Childhood family circumstances and young adult people’s receipt of income support, January 2009, (pp. 1 - 58). Australia: Australian National University - Research School of Social Sciences.

2016

  • Cobb-Clark, D., Herault, N., Scutella, R., Tseng, Y. (2016). A Journey Home: What Drives How Long People Are Homeless? Journal of Urban Economics, 91(January), 57-72. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Jha, N. (2016). Educational Achievement and the Allocation of School Resources. The Australian Economic Review, 49(3).
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Sinning, M. (2016). Locus of Control and Savings. Journal of Banking and Finance, Forthcoming.
  • Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Wooden, M. (2016). Mental Health and Productivity at Work: Does What You Do Matter?, No. 2016-06 April 2016, (pp. 1 - 56). St Lucia, Australia: The University of Queensland.
  • Wooden, M., Bubonya, M., Cobb-Clark, D. (2016). Sickness absence and mental health: evidence from a nationally representative longitudinal survey. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, 42(3), 201-208.

2015

  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., TRINH, L., MCVICAR, D., Zhang, S. (2015). 'High'-School: The Relationship between Early Marijuana Use and Educational Outcomes. Economic Record, 91(293), 247-266.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Le, T., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2015). Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School? Education Economics, 23(4), 376-395.
  • Caliendo, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Uhlendorff, A. (2015). Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies. Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(1), 88-103. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D. (2015). Locus of Control and the Labor Market. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 4(3), 1-19. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Barón, J., Erkal, N. (2015). Welfare Receipt and the Intergenerational Transmission of Work-Welfare Norms. Southern Economics Journal, 82(1), 208-234.

2014

  • Antecol, H., Cobb-Clark, D., Helland, E. (2014). Bias in the Legal Profession: Self-Assessed versus Statistical Measures of Discrimination. The Journal of Legal Studies (Chicago), 43, 323-357.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Tekin, E. (2014). Fathers and youths' delinquent behavior. Review of Economics of the Household, 12(2), 327-358. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Schurer, S. (2014). Healthy habits: The connection between diet, exercise, and locus of control. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 98, 1-28. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2014). Parents’ Economic Support of Young-Adult Children: Do Socioeconomic Circumstances Matter? Journal of Population Economics, 27(2), 447-471. [More Information]

2013

  • Antecol, H., Cobb-Clark, D. (2013). Do psychosocial traits help explain gender segregation in young people's occupations? Labour Economics, 21, 59-73. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Jha, N. (2013). Educational Achievement and the Allocation of School Resources, Working Paper No. 27/13, (pp. 1 - 37). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Stillman, S. (2013). Return migration and the age profile of retirement among immigrants. IZA Journal of Migration, 2:20, 1-20.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Ducan, T., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2013). The Impact of Middle-Years Experiences on Educational and Labour Market Outcomes, July 2012, (pp. 1 - 62). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Schurer, S. (2013). Two Economists' Musings on the Stability of Locus of Control. Economic Journal, 123(570), F358-F400. [More Information]

2012

  • Cobb-Clark, D., Nguyen, T. (2012). Educational Attainment Across Generations: The Role of Immigration Background. Economic Record, 88(283), 554-575.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Ribar, D. (2012). Financial stress, family relationships, and Australian youths' transitions from home and school. Review of Economics of the Household, 10(4), 469-490. [More Information]
  • Choi, K., Tienda, M., Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M. (2012). Immigration and status exchange in Australia and the United States. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(1), 49-62. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Hanel, B., McVicar, D., Zhang, R. (2012). Longitudinal analysis of employment outcomes for vulnerable and other migrants, April 2012, (pp. 1 - 78). Victoria, Australia: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M., Stillman, S. (2012). Migrant Youths’ Educational Achievement: The Role of Institutions. American Academy of Political and Social Science. Annals, 643(September 2012), 18-45. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Ryan, C., Sartbayeva, A. (2012). Taking Chances: The Effect that Growing Up on Welfare Has on the Risky Behavior of Young People. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 114(3), 729-755. [More Information]
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2012). The capacity of families to support young Australians: financial transfers from parents, co-residence and youth outcomes, Occasional Paper No. 45, (pp. 1 - 64). Canberra, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Schurer, S., Cobb-Clark, D. (2012). The stability of big-five personality traits. Economics Letters, 115(1), 11-15. [More Information]

2011

  • Bauer, T., Cobb - Clark, D., Hildebrand, V., Sinning, M. (2011). A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap. Economic Inquiry, 49(4), 989-1007.
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Sinning, M. (2011). Neighborhood diversity and the appreciation of native- and immigrant-owned homes. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 41, 214-226. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Tan, M. (2011). Noncognitive skills, occupational attainment, and relative wages. Labour Economics, 18, 1-13. [More Information]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Hildebrand, V. (2011). Portfolio allocation in the face of a means - tested public pension. Review of Income and Wealth, 57(3), 536-560. [More Information]

2010

  • Cobb-Clark, D. (2010). Disadvantage across the Generations: What Do We Know about Social and Economic Mobility in Australia? Economic Record, 86(1), 13-17.
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Baron, J. (2010). Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in Private- and Public-Sector Employment: A Distributional Analysis. Economic Record, 86(273), 227-246.
  • Antecol, H., Cobb - Clark, D. (2010). The effect of community-level socio-economic conditions on threatening racial encounters. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 40(6), 517-529. [More Information]

2009

  • Cobb - Clark, D., Gorgens, T. (2009). Childhood family circumstances and young adult people’s receipt of income support, January 2009, (pp. 1 - 58). Australia: Australian National University - Research School of Social Sciences.
  • Baron, J., Breunig, R., Cobb-Clark, D., Gorgens, T., Sartbayeva, A. (2009). Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History? Journal of Official Statistics, 25(4), 483-507.
  • Antecol, H., Barcus, V., Cobb - Clark, D. (2009). Gender-biased behavior at work: Exploring the relationship between sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30(5), 782-792. [More Information]
  • Antecol, H., Cobb - Clark, D. (2009). Racial harassment, job satisfaction, and intentions to remain in the military. Journal of Population Economics, 22(3), 713-738. [More Information]
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Hildebrand, V. (2009). The asset portfolios of native-born and foreign-born Australian households. Economic Record, 85(268), 46-59. [More Information]
  • Cobb - Clark, D., Stillman, S. (2009). The retirement epectations of middle-aged Australians. Economic Record, 85(269), 146-163. [More Information]

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