About me

In the news: I was named as one out of 10 women likely to shape the future of the University of Sydney LINK

May 2017: Ranked in Top 5% of All Economist Authors in IDEAS/RePec (last 10 Year publications); Top 2% of Female Authors.

adolescents. In: IZA World of Labor June 2017.

Finally printed: Origins of adulthood personality: The role of adverse childhood experiences. In: BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy March 2017 (with J Fletcher).


I am an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney. My 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. I am involved in several linked administrative data projects in Australia financed through the National Health and Medical Research Council, evaluating, among others, the impact of early-life medical care and cash/in-kind transfers on children's skill development. My work has been published in the Economic Journal, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, among others. As of August 2017, I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

I am a University of Sydney SOAR Fellow and an ARC Discovery Early Career FellowPreviously, 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 hereHere is a link to my CV, email;Google Scholar Citations;Publications and working papers