About me

I am a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Economics at The University of Sydney. My main research interest is the Economics of Human Development. Most of my current projects explore the evolution of skills, preferences, and health over the lifecourse and the role that parents and the public sector play in determining these skills. One of my main work hypotheses is that inequality in the home environment - that is scarcity of good parenting - is a powerful determinant of the intergenerational persistence of disadvantage.   

From 2014-2016 I will be in a research-only position funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) titled "Exceptional upward mobility against all odds: Non-cognitive skills and early-childhood disadvantage". Previously, I held positions at Victoria University of Wellington and University of Melbourne, and I am a Visiting Scholar at The University of Chicago and a Research Fellow at the IZA Bonn. You can access all my IZA Discussion Papers here. Here is a link to my CV. stefanie.schurer@sydney.edu.au;Google MyCitations;Publications and working papers