About me

Three new Life Course Centre working papers - hot off the press:

Do Welfare Restrictions Improve Child Health? Estimating the Causal Impact of Income Management in the Northern Territory (with Mary-Alice Doyle and Sven Silburn). LCC WP NR 2017-23

The Effect of Quarantining Welfare on School Attendance in Indigenous Communities (with Deborah Cobb-Clark, Nathan Kettlewell and Sven Silburn). 

Exploring the role of fathers in noncognitive skill development over the lifecourse (with Rosemary Elkins). LCC WP 2017-21


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, public policy, and the medical care sector play in determining these skills. 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, (poor) parenting or parenting interventions, and welfare reforms on children's skill development. My work has been published in the Economic Journal, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, among others. As of August 2017, I am 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