Department highlights

As we start the year, there is a lot to celebrate in the Department of Economics as several colleagues have been awarded for their excellence in teaching or research. Congratulations to all!


  • A/Prof Wayne Geerling received the Vice Chancellor's award in teaching.

    “This year’s nominees represent how educators at Monash are making a difference with their exceptional and innovative contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at Monash.”

    You can read more about A/Prof Geerling‘s popular teaching methods here.

  • Dr Claudio Labanca was the Faculty Nominee for the Vice-Chancellor’s Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • Prof Sascha Becker won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research.
  • Dr Isaac Gross received a Dean's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning as an Early Career Academic.
  • Dr Chengsi Wang was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher.

Papers, awards, grants

  • Kaveh Majslesi

    Prof Majslesi’s paper “Stock Market Returns and Consumption" won the “Distinguished Paper Award” by the American Finance Association as one of the best papers published in the Journal of Finance.

  • Choon Wang

    A/Prof Choon Wang was a recipient of the Monash Business School 2022 Impact Acceleration Grants Scheme (IAGS) for his project “Delivering low-cost remote learning to children in Bangladesh”. This project is undertaken jointly with Prof Asad Islam of CDES. IAGS is designed to support researchers who show impact and engagement beyond academia.

Research Impact

The work of Prof Jeffrey LaFrance and Prof Sisira Jayasuriya on modernising horticulture in Pakistan has inspired a legislative change in the state of Punjab and drawn support from the office of the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. The hope is that the project will impact legislation throughout the country.

The project was supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. Its key recommendations include reducing the monopolistic hold of traders in Pakistan’s horticultural industry, enabling entry of more progressive-minded firms into the market, modernising value chains through increased investment in technology and innovation and prioritising smallholder farmers in any modernisation efforts.

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