Key Publications (Main area of research)

  • Elkins, R., Schurer, S. (2019). Exploring the role of parental engagement in non-cognitive skill development over the lifecourse. Journal of Population Economics. Accepted for publication 2 Aug 2019 [LINK].   
  • Schurer, S., Trajkovski, C., Hariharan, T. (2019). Understanding the mechanisms through which adverse childhood experiences affect lifetime economic outcomes. Labour Economics. In print [LINK]. 
  • Kassenboehmer, S., Leung, F. Schurer, S. (2018). University education and noncognitive skill development. Oxford Economic Papers 70(2), 538-562. [LINK]
            In the media: The Australian, Daily Mail UKPS Magazine; Campus ReviewTimes Higher EducationThe University of Sydney NewsScience Daily.
  • Schurer, S. (2017). Bouncing back from health shocks: Locus of control and labour supply. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 133, 1-20. [LINK].
  • Schurer, S. (2017).  Does education strengthen life skills of adolescents? IZA World of Labor. June 366. doi: 10.15185/izawol.366 [LINK]
  • Elkins, R., Kassenboehmer, Schurer, S. (2017). The stability of personality traits during adolescence and young adulthood. Journal of Economic Psychology 60, 37-52. [LINK
  • Fletcher, J., Schurer, S. (2017). Origins of adulthood personality: The role of adverse childhood experiences. BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 17(2). [LINK
  • Schurer, S., Kuehnle, D., Scott, A., Cheng, T.  (2016). A man's blessing or a woman's curse? The family-earnings gap of doctorsIndustrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 55(3), 385-414. [LINK].
Covered by Royal College of Australasian Physicians. Mind the gender gap. Interview with Dr Catherine Yelland FRACP (President, RACP), Dr Stefanie Schurer (University of Sydney), Dr Elizabeth Sigston FRACS (Consultant Surgeon, ORLHNS, Monash Health), Prof Helena Teede FRACP  (Executive Director, Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre; Director, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation). 30 Oct 2016 [LINK].
  • Schurer, S., Alspach, M., MacRae, J., Martin, G. (2016). The medical cost of mood disorders: A coarsened exact matching approach. The Economic Record 92(296), 81-93. [LINK]
  • Schurer, S. (2015). Lifecycle patterns in the socioeconomic gradient of risk preferences. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 119, 482-495. [LINK].
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kassenboehmer, S., Schurer, S. (2014). Healthy habits: What explains the connection between diet, exercise, and locus of control? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 98, 1-28. [LINK
  • Schurer, S., Shields, M., Jones, A.M. (2014).  Socioeconomic inequalities in bodily pain over the lifecycle: Longitudinal evidence from Australia, Britain and Germany. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A177(4), 783-806. [LINK]
  • Johnston, D., Schurer, S., Shields, M. (2014). Maternal gender role attitudes, human capital investment, and labour supply of sons and daughters. Oxford Economic Papers 66(3), 631-659. [LINK]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Schurer, S. (2013). Two economists' musings on the stability of locus of controlThe Economic Journal 123(570), F358-F400. [LINK]
  • Johnston, D., Schurer, S., Shields, M. (2013). Exploring the intergenerational persistence of mental health: Evidence from three generationsJournal of Health Economics 32(6), 1077–1089. [LINK]
  • Roy, J., Schurer, S. (2013). Getting stuck in the blues: The persistence of depression in Australia. Health Economics 22(9), 1139-1157. [LINK]
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Schurer, S. (2012). The stability of the Big-Five personality traits. Economics Letters 115(1), 11-15. [LINK]
  • Jones, A.M., Schurer, S. (2011). How does heterogeneity shape the socioeconomic gradient in health satisfactionJournal of Applied Econometrics 26(4), 549 – 714. [LINK]
Under review
  • Kassenboehmer, S., Schurer, S. (2018). Survey item-response behavior as a weak and imperfect proxy for unobserved ability: Theory and application. IZA Discussion Paper Nr 11449. Submitted 3 July 2019 [Submitted-Version].
  • Cobb-Clark, D., Kettlewell, N., Schurer, S., Silburn, S. (2017.) The effect of quarantining welfare on school attendance in Indigenous communities. IZA Discussion Paper Nr 11514 [LINK]. Under review since 9 December 2018 [Submitted-Version].
In the media: ABC TV (News, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane), ABC News Online and ABC Radio (National, NewsRadio, triple j, Perth, Sydney), AAP News Corp Australia’s, Daily Mail Australia and Yahoo!7; The Wire; The Guardian, NITV; NT News, 8HA Alice Springs, 2MCE Orange and 4K1G Townsville, CAAMA Radio, 2MCE Orange, Koori Mail.
  • Lynch, J., Meunier, A., Pilkington, R., Schurer, S. (2019). Baby bonuses and early-life health outcomes: Using a regression discontinuity approach to evaluate the causal impact of an unconditional cash transfer. IZA Discussion Paper Nr 12230 [LINK]. Under review since 9 March 2019.
  • Kassenboehmer, S. C., Schurer, S., Sulzmaier, D. (2019). Gender differences in the lifecycle benefits of compulsory schooling policies. Life Course Centre Working Paper Nr 2019-16 [LINK]. Submitted 30 May 2019.
  • Nejad, M., Schurer, S. (2019). Cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of immigrants: New perspectives on migrant quality from a selective immigration country [LINK]. Life Course Centre Working Paper Nr 2019-15. Submitted 26 June 2019 [Submitted-Version].
In preparation for submission
  • Doyle, M.A., Schurer, S., Silburn, S. (2017). Do welfare restrictions improve child health? Estimating the impact of income management in the Northern Territory. LCC Working Paper Nr 2017-22. [CURRENT-VERSION]
In the media: ABC TV (News, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane), ABC News Online and ABC Radio (National, NewsRadio, triple j, Perth, Sydney), AAP News Corp Australia’s, Daily Mail Australia and Yahoo!7; The Wire; The Guardian, NITV; NT News, 8HA Alice Springs, 2MCE Orange and 4K1G Townsville, CAAMA Radio, 2MCE Orange, Koori Mail.
  • Guthridge, S., Schnepel, K., Schurer, S. (2018). Early life health investment and childhood development: Evidence from special care nursery assignment in Australia's Northern Territory. (currently waiting for additional data).
  • Gaitz, S., Schurer, S. (2018). Bonus skills: Examining the effect of an Australian unconditional cash transfer on child development. IZA Discussion Paper Nr 10525. [LINK]
  • Guthridge, S., Schnepel. K., Schurer, S., Taylor, S. (2019). The price is right: do alcohol floor prices reduce alcohol abuse and improve birth outcomes? (please email me for a draft). 
  • Caterson, I., Hariharan, T., Schurer, S. (2019). Is there a link between childhood maltreatment and adulthood obesity? It depends on who and when you are asking.
  • Obesity and economic preferences: Evidence from a medically at risk population (with Chiara Pastore and Agnieszka Tymula).
  • Do non-cognitive skills moderate the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on student performance? (with Rachael Gibson, Rebecca Edwards, and Colm Harmon).
Manuscripts currently hybernating
  • Early signs of exceptional upward mobility and parenting behaviour (with Francisco Azpitarte, Kirsten Hancock and Alex Oo)
  • Do parenting styles affect the effectiveness of educational investments? Theory and empirical evidence

Book Chapters

The following four book chapters are part of a Research-to-Practice monograph which we have written to complete an NHMRC Partnership Project in the Northern Territory (NHMRC Partnership Project 2014-2017):  Silburn S, Guthridge S, McKenzie J, Su J-Y, He V, Haste S (Eds.) Early Pathways to School Learning: Lessons from the NT Data Linkage Study. Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research. The full monograph is available here: [LINK]

  • Schurer, S., Nutton, G., McKenzie, J., Su, J., Silburn, S. (2018). Preschool participation, school attendance and academic achievement. pp. 111-128.
In the media: this book chapter was covered in several national and NT-based newspaper articles, including The Australian (25 September 2018), The Sector (27 Sep 2018); The Educator Online (27 Sep 2018).
  • Su, J., Silburn, S., Schurer, S., Guthridge, S., He, V., McKenzie, J. (2018). Early life health and development. pp. 29-61.
  • He, V., Su, J., McKenzie, J., Schurer, S. (2018). School attendance. pp. 91-109. 
  • Silburn, S., Guthridge, S., Midford, R., Brimblecombe, J., Walter, M., Bodkin-Andrews, G., Schurer, S., Shaw, P. (2018). The NT Data Linkage Study. Early Pathways to School Learning Lessons from the NT data linkage study, pp. 1-9.
Publications outside my main area of research
  • Elkins, R., Schurer, S. (2017). Introducing a GP copayment in Australia: Who would carry the cost burden? Health Policy 121(5), 543-552. [LINK]
In the media: If GPs pass on cost from rebate freeze, poorer, sicker patients will be hardest hit. The Conversation, 31 January 2017 [LINK]
  • Schurer, S., Yong, J. (2016). Happiness, income, and heterogeneity. Singapore Economic Review 61(3), 1-23. [LINK]
  • Joyce, C. Schurer, S., Scott, A., Humphreys, J., Kalb, G. (2011). Are doctors satisfied with their work? Results from the MABEL longitudinal survey of doctors. Medical Journal of Australia 194(1), 30-33. [LINK]
  • Scott, A., Schurer, S., Jensen, P., Sivey, P. (2009). The effects of an incentive program on quality of care in diabetes management. Health Economics 18(9), 1091-1108. [LINK]
  • Karanasos, M., Schurer, S. (2008). Is the relationship between inflation and its uncertainty linear? German Economic Review 9, 265-286. [LINK]
  • Fertig, M., Schurer S. (2007). Labour market outcomes of immigrants in Germany: The importance of heterogeneity and attrition bias (with Michael Fertig). IZA Discussion Paper Nr. 2915. [LINK]