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Danika Wright

Danika Wright

BCom (Liberal Studies) (Hons); PhD Sydney
Lecturer; Honours Program Director

Rm 430
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6455
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Dr Danika Wright is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance at the University of Sydney Business School.

Dr Wright's expertise is in the design, investment and operations of real estate markets. Her research is published in internationally reviewed journals, has been presented at numerous global conferences and is the IP underlying the benchmark RP Data-Rismark House Price Index series. She is sought out for her knowledge on real estate prices and modelling, and is a member of the Sirca-RP Data joint research committee.

Her current research projects examine how real estate investment decisions are made and the impact of foreign investors on Australian property market dynamics, for which she was awarded funding from the Freda and Len Lansbury ECR Support Fund.

Prior to being appointed at the University of Sydney Business School Dr Wright held quantitative research positions in funds management firms, and continues to provide expert advice to a range of significant industry bodies including the Financial Services Council of Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Dr Wright is an active supporter of business student organizations and promotes opportunities for young women to study finance. She has mentored student teams to success in the UBS Investment Banking Challenge and in 2014 co-developed a specialized program to train a team of University of Sydney students to compete in the prestigious Cornell International Real Estate Case Competition, the first time any Australian institution has participated.

As the Honours Program Director at the University of Sydney Business School, Dr Wright regularly presents to future undergraduate Commerce students and provides mentoring and support to our best and brightest students. Dr Wright is herself an alumnus of the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours in 2007 and earning her PhD in 2010.

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Conference Paper/s

Wright D and Lepone G 2014 'Investor behaviour and lottery stocks', World Finance Conference, Venice, Italy, 4th July 2014


Conference Paper/s

Gong G and Wright D 2013 'Investor characteristics and the disposition effect: Cultural effects', World Finance & Banking Symposium, Beijing, China, 17th December 2013

Gong G and Wright D 2013 'Investor behaviour and lottery stocks', 3rd Annual Behavioural Finance and Capital Markets Conference 2013, Adelaide, Australia, 2nd August 2013


Journal Article/s

Frino A, Peat M and Wright D 2012 'The impact of auctions on residential property prices', Accounting and Finance, vol.52:3, pp. 815-30 Link

Peat M and Wright D 2012 'The Impact of Residential Property Investment on Portfolio Performance', JASSA – The Finsia Journal of Applied Finance:2, pp. 35-42


Conference Paper/s

Frino A, Peat M and Wright D 2009 'Seasonality in Australian residential real estate prices', 22nd Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2009


Conference Paper/s

Frino A, Peat M and Wright D 2008 'First- sale bias and age effects: Do ‘new’ properties sell at a premium?', 21st Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, Sydney, Australia, 18th December 2008

Frino A, Lepone A and Wright D 2008 'Derivative use, fund flows and investment manager performance', 2008 AFAANZ/IAAER Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8th July 2008 Link


Seminar Paper/s

Wright D 2006 'Bias and precision in the performance of residential real estate prices, Reserve Bank of Australia Economic Research Series, Sydney, Australia, 7 December 2006

Research Expertise

  • Real estate finance and economics
  • Investor behaviour
  • Investment and asset allocation strategies
  • Corporate strategy and restructuring

Recent Units Taught


House prices are a hot topic for many Australians. Markets such as Sydney and Melbourne have seen a rise in house prices by roughly 10-15% over the last 12 months. Dr Danika Wright explores some of the issues surrounding the current climate, as well as common misconceptions.

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