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Economics research

One of the strongest groupings of applied economists in Australia
We undertake research in economic theory, applied economics, economic policy, and the history of economic thought.

Our research expertise include:

  • game theory
  • empirical and theoretical industrial organisation
  • international trade
  • economic growth and inequality
  • exchange rate intervention 
  • empirical labour economics
  • economic development in China and India
  • health and housing policy

Seminar and Research Groups

2018 Seminar Coordinators, Jordi Vidal-Robert and Jiemai Wu

* All seminars take place in the Social Sciences Building (SSB) room 650, unless otherwise stated.

Date/Time Field Speaker, Affiliation Topic

Tues 6 Nov

3:30pm - 4:45pm


Vladimir Tyazhelnikov,

University of Sydney

Spillovers in Global Value Trees

Fri 9 Nov

2pm - 3pm


Nicolás Salamanca,

University of Melbourne

Parents' Behavioral Response to Teach Qualifications

Mon 12 Nov

11pm - 12:30pm

School Series

Laura Pilossoph,

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Labor market search with imperfect information and learning

Tues 13 Nov

11pm - 12:30pm

School Series

Joshua Miller,

University of Alicante

The Hot Hand Fallacy Fallacy

Thurs 15 Nov

11pm - 12:30pm

*SSB, room 105*

School Series

Rigissa Megalokonomou,

University of Queensland

Persistency in Teachers' Grading Biases and Effect on Longer Term Outcomes: University Admission Exams and Choice of Field of Study

Fri 16 Nov

12pm - 1pm


Esther Girsberger,

University of Technology Sydney

The Puzzle of Educated Unemployment in West Africa

Thurs 22 Nov

11pm - 12:30pm

School Series

Costas Azariadis,

Washington University in St. Louis

Corruption and Rent-Seeking in Economics Growth

Fri 23 Nov

12pm - 1pm


Rebecca Taylor,

University of Sydney

Unemployment Insurance as a Worker Indiscipline Device? Evidence from Scanner Data

Tues 27 Nov

12pm – 1pm


Tara Sinclair

George Washington University

Forecast Evaluation and Macroeconomic Policy

Wed 28 Nov

12pm - 1pm

AERE Reading Group

Nadia A. Streletskaya

Oregon State University

Social Presence and Wine Shopping Behavior: Evidence on Signaling and Guilt Reciprocity from Video Data

Fri Nov 30

11:00 – 13:30


Gianni Amisano

Federal Reserve Bank


Tues 4 Dec

3.30pm – 4.30pm


Conor Walsh

Yale University


Mon 10 Dec

11am – 12pm


Juan Pablo Nicolini

Federal Reserve bank of Minneapolis and UTDT


The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) is a national research centre uniquely positioned to tackle the intergenerational transmission of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australian families.

The School of Economics (Life Course Centre Sydney node) runs seminars periodically, designed to provide a network and collaborative opportunities for academics from Australia and abroad.

For seminar details, please contact Dr Nathan Kettlewell.

The Sydney Experimental Brownbag Seminar is a joint venture between experimental economics researchers at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney.

The seminar meets fortnightly, and welcomes presentation of experimental research, broadly defined, at all stages – from design through to finished papers. Speakers usually present at a location other than their home institution, and presentations by research students are most welcome.

For more information, contact the University of Sydney seminar coordinator for 2018, Stephanie Heger.

Our meetings provide an opportunity for faculty working in the field of econometric theory to present early-stage and ongoing research. Other interested faculty and PhD students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present as well.

All presentations will be held in the Merewether Building from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

In 2018, Rami Tabri will coordinate the ETRS series. If you wish to contribute, please contact Rami Tabri.

The group provides an opportunity for academic staff working on empirical microeconomics and public policy, broadly understood, to present ongoing research, including at the earliest stages. This group includes Tiho Ancev, Kadir Atalay, Garry Barrett, Shyamal Chowdhury, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Nick de Roos, Rebecca Edwards, Hayley Fisher, Tim Fisher, Colm Harmon, Jian Hong, Stefanie Schurer, Katrien Stevens, Russell Toth, Agnieszka Tymula, David Ubilava, Jordi Vidal Robert, Marian Vidal-Fernandez, and Stephan Whelan. 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, we usually plan to have a single presenter present for 30-40 minutes, and allow the remainder of the time for questions and discussion.

For 2018, please contact Katrien Stevens if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. You can also speak with Russell Toth, Garry Barrett, or Hayley Fisher in person.

The purpose of the group is to meet on a regular basis and discuss major publications or presenter's own work-in-progress in dynamic macroeconomics.

The group convenes on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm every fortnight at the presenter's university. If you would like to receive announcements or contribute with a presentation, please contact one of the organisers: Aarti Singh (University of Sydney) or Christopher Gibbs (University of Sydney). 

The main aim of the reading group is to create a collaborative environment for exchange of research ideas, presentation of early research work and research funding proposals among staff and research students with interest in agricultural, environmental and resource economics.

The group also aims to facilitate the establishment of new collaborations, and to foster existing research collaborations across disciplines with interest in these areas within the University of Sydney. The group also links with researchers that have interest in this area across several universities based in Sydney. 

The reading group meets fortnightly during semester sessions, and at other times when the need or opportunity arises. The usual time and place for meetings is 1-2 pm on Wednesdays in room 498 Merewether Building, University of Sydney.

To register for the group’s mailing list or to suggest a presentation please get in touch with Tiho Ancev.

Conferences and workshops

We host and are involved in a number of conferences and workshops in the field of economics. Below is an outline of some of our recent activity.

Life Course Centre Mini Workshop 

This workshop will be presented by Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Simon Burgess (University of Bristol). 

Labour Econometrics Workshop

The School of Economics hosted the 21st Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW 2018) at the University of Sydney on 17-18 August 2018. This year’s keynote speakers were Associate Professor Jessica Pan (NUS) and Professor Colin A. Cameron (UC-Davis). 

Behavioural and Experimental Economics and Finance Workshop

Keynote speakers for this workshop included Mohammed Abdellaoui, HEC Paris, Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne, Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University and Keith Ericson, Boston University. 

Life Course Centre: Workshop on Intergenerational Disadvantage

Workshop on Development Economics

5th Continuing Education in Macroeconomics Workshop

Behavioural Economics: Foundations and Applied Research

4th Sydney Econometrics Research Group Workshop

11th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

10th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

4th Sydney Macro Reading Group Workshop

3rd Australasian Cliometrics Workshop

Workshop on Development Economics

Development Policy Workshop 'The role of the private sector in economic development: evidence, policy and practice'

Workshop on environmentally adjusted productivity and efficiency