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Diane Dancer

Diane Dancer

BA ANU DipEd UNE DipEconStats UNE MEc UNE PhD Syd.
Honorary Associate
diane.dancer@sydney.edu.au

Room 479
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 6585
Fax: +61 2 9351 6409

Diane Dancer's areas of research and interest are in economics education research, limited dependent variables, applied econometric modelling, demography and international comparisons using cost functions.

Diane's economics education research uses econometric techniques to predict educational outcomes and the implications for universities with respect to policy issues. The major research area is to model the performance and progression of first year students. One aspect of this research involves investigating the characteristics of different groups of first year students. For example, are the characteristics of the students who discontinue and the students who continue but ultimately fail the course significantly different? This research was presented at the 4th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference at the Queensland University of Technology, 2000.

Other aspects are to attempt to identify the key characteristics that distinguish between successful students and those who are not successful in a course and to investigate whether performance in different but closely related courses is affected by different student characteristics. This last example involves first year students in Economics and Econometrics. A current project, involving students in a Commercial Law course, investigates whether, for first year students, the Universities Admission Index is the best predictor of success in a course compared with the English marks from the Higher School Certificate.

Research Expertise

  • Data analysis

Research Interests

  • Choice modelling
  • Data analysis
  • Econometrics
  • Economics education
  • Education
  • Performance modelling

Publications

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D, Morrison K and Tarr G 2015 Forthcoming 'Measuring the effects of peer learning on students' academic achievement in first-year business statistics', Studies in Higher Education

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2009 'Maternal Autonomy and Child Nutrition: Evidence from Rural Nepal', Indian Growth and Development Review, vol.2:1, pp. 18-38

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Rammohan A and Dancer D 2008 'Gender differences in intrahousehold schooling outcomes: The role of sibling characteristics and birth-order effects', Education Economics, vol.16:2, pp. 111-26

Dancer D, Rammohan A and Smith MDonal 2008 'Infant Mortality and Child nutrition in Bangladesh', Health Economics, vol.17:9, pp. 1015-35

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Dancer D and Kamvounias P 2008 'Predicting success in a first-year unit of study', 11th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2008, Hobart, Australia, 2nd July 2008 Link

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2007 'Determinants of Schooling in Egypt: The Role of Gender and Rural-Urban Residence', Oxford Development Studies, vol.35:2, pp. 171-195

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2007 'Maternal Employment and Child Education in Nepal', Research in Labor Economics, vol.26, pp. 365-396

5
Conference Paper/s

Dancer D, Rammohan A and Smith MDonal 2007 'Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh: Modelling Sample selection Using Copulas', the Royal Statistical Society Conference, York, United Kingdom, 1st - 31st July 2007

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Dancer D, Rammohan A and Smith MDonal 2007 'Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh: Modelling Sample selection Using Copulas', Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society (ESAM07), Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 6th July 2007

Dancer D, Morrison K and Smith M 2007 'Measuring the Impact of a Peer Assisted Learning Program on Students' Academic Performance in Econometrics', The Quantitative Analysis of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Business, Economics and Commerce: Forum Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 9th February 2007

2006

5
Conference Paper/s

Maitra P, Rammohan A and Dancer D 2006 'The Link Between Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition: Is there any evidence of a Gender Bias?', South and South East Asian Econometric Society Conference, Chennai, India, 1st January 2006-31st December 2006

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2006 'Maternal Education and Child schooling Outcomes in Nepal', Work, Pensions and Labour Economics Conference, Canterbury, United Kingdom, 1st - 31st July 2006

Maitra P, Rammohan A and Dancer D 2006 'The Link Between Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in India: Is there any Evidence of a Gender Bias?', European Society for Population Economics Annual Conference, Verona, Italy, 1st - 30th June 2006

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Maitra P, Rammohan A and Dancer D 2006 'The Link Between Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in India: Is there any Evidence of Gender Bias?', Australian Conference of Economists Papers and proceedings, Perth, WA, Australia, 1st - 30th September 2006

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D and Tremayne AR 2005 'R-squared and prediction in regression with ordered quantitative response', Journal of Applied Statistics, vol.32:5, pp. 483-93 Link

Dancer D and Kamvounias P 2005 'Student involvement in assessment: A project designed to assess class participation fairly and reliably', Assessment and evaluation in Higher Education, vol.30:4, pp. 445-454

5
Conference Paper/s

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2005 'Maternal Education and child schooling outcomes in Nepal', Discrete Choice Labour Supply Conference, Galway, Ireland, 1st - 31st December 2005

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2005 'Maternal Socioeconomic status and child health outcomes: Evidence from Rural Nepal', Labour Econometrics Workshop, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1st - 31st August 2005

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2005 'Gender Differences in Intrahousehold Schooling Investments: The Role of Sibling Characteristics and Birth Order Effects', European Society for Population Economics, Paris, France, 1st - 30th June 2005

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Dancer D 2005 'The Gender Issue Revisited: A Case Study of Student Performance in Economics and Econometrics', 34th Conference of Economists, Economic Society of Australia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 28th September 2005 Link

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2005 'Maternal Socio-economic Status and Child Nutritional Outcomes: Evidence from Rural Nepal', 34th Conference of Economists, Economic Society of Australia, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 28th September 2005 Link

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D and Fiebig D 2004 'Modelling Students at Risk', Australian Economic Papers, vol.43:2, pp. 158-173

5
Conference Paper/s

Dancer D and Rammohan A 2004 'The determinants of schooling in Egypt: the role of gender and rural urban residence', Canadian Economic Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, 1st - 30th June 2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Rammohan A and Dancer D 2004 'Gender differences in intrahousehold schooling attainment: The role of sibling characteristics and birthorder effects', 33rd Conference of Economists, 2004, University of Sydney, Australia, Australia, 30th September 2004

9
Internal Working Paper/s

Rammohan A and Dancer D 2004 'The Determinants of Schooling in Egypt: The Role of Gender and Rural-Urban Residence', Sydney University, School of Economics and Political Science, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Rammohan A and Dancer D 2004 'Gender Differences in Schooling Attainment: The Role of Sibling Characteristics and Birth Order Effects', Sydney University, School of Economics and Political Science, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Dancer D and Kamvounias P 2004 'Gender Differences in a First-Year Unit of Study at University:An Australian Study', Sydney University, School of Economics and Political Science

2003

4
Journal Article/s

Dancer D 2003 'The gender issue revisited: A case study of student performance in Economics and Econometrics', Economic Analysis and Policy, vol.33:1, pp. 73-89

2002

5
Conference Paper/s

Dancer D 2002 'The Gender Issue Revisited: A Case Study of Student Performance Using Economics and Econometrics', 9th Annual Teaching Economics Conference 2002, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

Dancer D 2002 'The Gender Issue Revisited: A Case Study of Student Performance Using Economics and Econometrics', Symposium on "Frontiers in Econometrics", Australia, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Dancer D 2002 'Factors Influencing Performance in First Year Economics and Econometrics Courses', Proceedings of the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 10th July 2002

2001

7
Thesis

Dancer D 2001 'Student performance and progression in Econometrics', , School of Economics and Political Science, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2000

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Dancer D and Fiebig D 2000 'Modeling students at risk', 4th Pacific Rim, First Year in Higher Education Conference 2000: Creating Futures for a New Millennium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 7th July 2000