Huge media covering for Google/Fitbit merger
The departmental working paper 'Data-driven mergers and personalization' by Associate Professor Zhijun Chen, Professor Chongwoo Choe, JiaJia Cong from Fudan University and Noriaki Matsushima from Osaka University, on the Google/Fitbit merger had a huge media impact earlier this spring and was cited widely.
The authors warned of the risk of Google misusing millions of people’s health data.
The paper was cited as the main theoretical evidence in the Amicus Brief submitted in September to the European Commission by a group of leading competition economists as an objection to the Google/Fitbit merger.
Chongwoo Choe and Zhijun Chen contributed to the brief which was published as a CEPR policy article, "Google/Fitbit will monetise health data and harm consumers".
Following the submission, the group of competition economists including the Monash academics launched a campaign in public media, including the Financial Times, to advocate our concerns on the merger. On October 15th, Zhijun Chen was invited by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to present the paper and discuss the policy implications of the merger. He also presented the paper in the department IO seminars on October 1, and then on the influential Digital Platform Online Seminars in Toulouse School of Economics on November 3. The presentation is available here.
Here are some examples of media coverage of the research.
- Academics alarmed over Google's Fitbit buy, The Daily Mail (UK)
- Academics warn that Google's Fitbit acquisition must be stopped, Mobile Marketing Magazine
- TECHTrying to block Google’s acquisition of Fitbit over health privacy, ExBulletin
- Academics alarmed over Google's Fitbit buy, 7News
- Monash University academics call for Google Fitbit acquisition to be blocked, News.com.au
- Academics alarmed over Google's Fitbit buy, The West Australian
- Academics alarmed over Google's Fitbit buy, The Canberra Times
- Top Monash economists urge EC, ACCC to reject Google-Fitbit deal, iTWire
- Health data for sale? Why everyone should worry about Google’s Fitbit takeover bid, The New Daily
- Why everyone should care about Google’s Fitbit takeover bid, News Chant
Professor Sascha Becker’s research has been featured in two vox articles:
- The first focuses on the effect of unequal voting rights on policies.
- The second explores the effect of public employment using evidence from West Germany’s post war capital.
- Senior Lecturer Ross Booth was interviewed in The Guardian on why postponing the Australian Open tennis championships is a good idea.
- Senior Lecturer Gennadi Kazakevitch was featured on Radio SBS on the latest interest rate cut by the RBA.
- Dr Gordon Leslie was interviewed by The Australian in “Power price falls a promising sign of reform success” printed on 20 October. He discussed the early retail electricity market responses to new price protection policies that came into effect on July 1 2019.
- Associate Professor Vinod Mishra appeared live on the Facebook page of Apna Friends TV Channel on 21 October to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on small business in Australia and the various measures put in place by Government to help small business. Watch the recording of the live event.
- Vinod Mishra also appeared in a SBS Hindi news story featuring his view on the tax relief provisions in this year’s Federal Budget.
- Further, in an article in Rashtriya Sahara (राष्ट्रीय सहारा) Hindi newspaper, Hastakshep (हस्तक्षेप) section, he discussed the drop in India's GDP.
- Finally, he appeared in an interview with PTC Punjabi TV Channel on the Australian economy officially entering in to recession after three decades of uninterrupted growth.
Melbourne Trade workshop
The 4th Melbourne Trade Workshop was held virtually on two consecutive Fridays on Dec 4 (10am-1:15pm) and Dec 11 (11am-2:15pm) on the Gathertown platform.
The workshop was jointly organised by Monash Business School and the Trade and Development unit at The University of Melbourne. This year featured speakers were Senior Research Economist Doireann Fitzgerald (Minneapolis Fed) and Professor Marc Muendler (UCSD).
Monash organiser Senior Lecturer Laura Puzzello says: “We had between 16-20 participants per session, great speakers and curious participants. Talks provided insights on firms' expansion strategies, wage inequality in open economies and the role of globalisation in explaining the recent surge in deaths by fentanyl in the US, among others. We had fun, but all very much look forward to live interactions.”
On 9 October 2020 Professor Sascha Becker and Dr Weijia Li hosted AusClio by zoom, the 2020 Australasian Cliometric Workshop. It focused on the implications of religion, violence and political economy (death and taxes in short!).
Speakers included Senior Lecturer Laura Panza from the University of Melbourne, Professor Pauline Grosjean from UNSW, Mark Hup from UC Irvine, Assistant Professor Felipe Valencia Caicedo from The University of British Columbia, Dr Tim Kooijmans from RMIT and Senior Lecturer John Tang from the University of Melbourne. More information can be found here.
Sascha Becker also organised the #ASREC24 Conference, the world's first-ever nonstop 24-hour conference. It took place on 20 November and included 48 presentations of 30 minutes each.
We had over 160 registered participants, 30 presenters from 20 universities, and discussants from over 10 universities.
- Many thanks to Professor Pushkar Maitra for taking the lead in organising the event and to the scientific committee for putting together a great agenda.
- Leo Bao and Veasna Kheng were excellent HDR student presentations.
- Professor Sascha Becker won a prize for best discussant.
- From Economics, members of the scientific/organising committee were Associate Professor Zhijun Chen, Professor Ranjan Ray, Dr Solmaz Moslehi andProfessor Pushkar Maitra. From other groups, the members were Professor Gael Martin (EBS), Professor David Johnston (CHE), Senior Lecturer Li Ge (B&F), Professor Xueyan Zhao (EBS).
- Graduate Student helpers: David Kreitmeir, Nicola Thomas, Van Tran, Abby Zhang, Jiacheng Wang
- Discussants from the department: Associate professor Paul Raschky, Dr Weijia Li , Associate Professor Lionel Frost, Professor Sascha Becker , Senior Lecturer Chengsi Wang, Dr Gordon Leslie and Dr Solmaz Moslehi.
- Helped out by serving as session chairs: Professor Nick Feltovich, Professor Russell Smyth, Associate Professor Zhijun Chen, Senior Lecturer Mita Bhattacharya, Associate Professor Choon Wang, Professor Phil Grossman.
- Panel Discussion organised and moderated by Professor Ranjan Ray; Stephen King (who is adjunct with us) and Dean of the Business and Economics Faculty, Professor Simon Wilkie participated.
Thank you to everyone!
- Senior Lecturer Chengsi Wang gave an online seminar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on 20 November and at Nanjing University on 25 November. He will also present at Hitotsubashi University on 8 December 2020.
- Chengsi Wang is also co-organising the joint online seminar series on digital economy with Hong Kong Baptist University, Renmin University of China and National University of Taiwan. At a recent webinar hosted by Monash on 29 October, Professor Julian Wright from ANU presented the paper 'Data-Enabled Learning and Competitive Advantage.' The discussant was Zhijun Chen.
- Professor Yves Zenou presented at the Cambridge INET Network Seminar Series on November 27, 2020.
At the New Zealand Economics eSeminar Series on November 13, Yves Zenou presented the paper 'Mixing in early childhood'.
- Dr Claudio Labanca has received a Monash ECR Small Grant, PI, 2020 (AUD 2200, with Michela Giorcelli) and a UCLA Burkle Center Faculty Research Grant, PI, 2020 (USD 5,000, with Michela Giorcelli).
- Associate Professor Zhijun Chen, Professor Chongwoo Choo and Senior Lecturer Chengsi Wang were awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant (DP210102015), for $266,000 for 2021-2023. Project No./title: DP210102015 - Big data: implications for competition, privacy and regulation.
- In a recent paper called 'Geographic diversity in economic publishing' by Associate Professor Simon Angus, Associate Professor Kadir Atalay from University of Sydney, Associate Professor Jonathan Newton from Kyoto University and Senior Lecturer David Ubilava from University of Sydney, it is shown that Monash University has the highest concentration of editorial power in the 'rest of the world' meaning outside North America and Europe.
The authors say: "The most powerful institution in the world outside of North America and Europe, Monash University, is only as powerful as the 32nd most powerful institution in North America, but would rank 8th if it were located in Europe."
- On that note, we are happy to announce that Professor Sascha Becker has been appointed Associate Editor at the Journal of the European Association, from 1 Jan 2021.
He was also elected to the Executive Board of the Asian & Australasian Society of Labour Economics.
- Mita was interviewed by SBS on Australia's trade opportunities with Asia-Pacific region during the recovery process.
- Her research was featured on a piece on Monash Impact on COVID-19 and the future of the Indian energy sector in Monash Impact.
- Giovanni was featured in "How to Boost Australian Jobs: Construction and Manufacturing", Monash Business School Impact, 10 June 2020.
- Gaurav Datt was interviewed by SBS Hindi, broadcast on September 2, 2020.
- Suppress or eliminate? An interview with Gennadi was part of this article by Sarah Basford in Lifehacker on COVID-19 strategies.
- Gennadi recorded an interview in Russian for Radio SBS on economic systems in post-communist countries, following Monash’s press release on his online masterclass.
- SBS news story featured this interview (Hindi audio) about the drop in the Australia-India trade.
- SBS Hindi also ran a news story about the online summit between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the future of long-term trade relations between the two countries.
- Has been named the field leader in Economics in the Australian Special report.
- The Department of Economics at Monash is named the lead institution. "They are the researchers with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last five years in the 20 top journals in their field. In each field we also name Australia’s top research institution, the one with the most citations in the top 20 journals in the field in the last five years."
- 'Why depression can be contagious with lasting effects into adulthood' for Monash Impact.
- Yves Zenou received further traction in the media on his recent research findings that teen girls have stronger friendships than boys. The study was discussed on 3AW, 6PR, 2GB, Sunrise and The Today Show.
The following article is listed within the most cited articles published since 2017, extracted from Scopus:
- Bhattacharya, M., Churchill, S. A., & Paramati, S. R. (2017). The dynamic impact of renewable energy and institutions on economic output and CO2 emissions across regions. Renewable Energy, 111, 157-167.
- Sascha was invited as guest editor for the inaugural Quarterly Digest onForced Displacement by the World Bank/UNHCR Joint Data Centre (JDC). He had to select recent research on the long-term consequences of forced displacement and highlight some salient themes in his editorial note. The Quarterly Digest can be accessed here.
- He received an 'Excellence in Refereeing Award' from the Review of Economic Studies:
- Sascha also gave the following webinars:
- Quantitative History Webinar, Hong Kong University
- Deakin University, Melbourne
- UWA Perth
- U Javeriana Bogota
- APEN Workshop Melbourne
- UCL/Oxford Webinar on Comparative Economics
- Goethe-University Frankfurt
Giovanni has given the following webinars:
- Bank of Lithuania, 24 July 2020. Title of the talk 'Financial Uncertainty and Real Activity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'
- Centre for Applied Economic Analysis, ANU, 17 June 2020. Title of the talk: 'Financial Uncertainty and Real Activity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'
- Guarav Datt has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Indian Economic Review, Journal of the Delhi School of Economics, published by Springer.
- The discussion paper, 'Missing women in China and India over seven decades: an analysis of birth and mortality data from 1950 to 2020', was presented at the Department of Economics, Monash Business School, Discussion paper number 12/20, jointly with Cun Liu and Russell Smyth.
Jonathan has recently joined the Department as a postdoc working with Lata Gangadharan, Erte Xiao and Phil Grossman.
Jonathan is a recent PhD from UTS. His main research interests are in the field of applied microeconomic theory and experimental economics. He has a particular interest in understanding how different economic policies affect organisational behaviour. Here is his personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/jonathanlevy
His personal interests include playing table tennis (used to play competitively) and football. He also enjoys playing the piano.
When we return to our offices, he will have office space at Clayton.
Symposia on Behavioral Economics of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Experimental Economics and the Journal of the Economic Science Association will publish parallel Symposia focused on COVID-19.
Topics could include various methodological issues associated with running experiments during a pandemic, some new software (provided it is tested/validated), natural experiments involving the pandemic, effects on behavior, productivity and diversity, as well as experimental evaluations of epidemiological models and their assumptions.
In line with the scopes and aims of the respective journals, longer articles and those addressing fundamental research questions should be directed to Experimental Economics, while shorter articles and replications should be directed to JESA. The editors of Experimental Economics can suggest a transfer to JESA if they see this as a better fit.
At JESA, we particularly welcome replications of well-known experiments in non- laboratory settings, including failed replications, as well as papers discussing the problems that might arise when transiting to a non-laboratory environment, and the issue of linking data collected in the laboratory, online and in the field.
The deadline for submission is 15 December 2020. However, we welcome submissions at any point to the submission deadline and they will be evaluated as soon as they are submitted and published online as soon as they are accepted. We plan the Symposia to appear in an issue in late 2021/early 2022 and to consist of 6-7 papers.
Papers should be submitted using the Experimental Economics and JESA submission portals, selecting the Symposium as the submission type.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the editors should you have questions regarding these Symposia.
We look forward to reading your manuscripts.
Experimental Economics and JESA
Simon Angus and Paul Raschky (together with Klaus Ackermann from Econometrics) have been interviewed/featured by a number of national and international news outlets regarding their work on Internet pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coverage includes:
Coverage was picked up by AAP and syndicated to 122 outlets nationally. This includes:
Paul Raschky was also interviewed by ABC News Radio Melbourne and SBS evening news
- Sascha O. Becker talked about the enduring effects of the communist experience in
Germany on “A Correction Podcast” (14 May 2020).
- He also co-authored a newspaper article with L Mergele and L Woessmann for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the 30th of March: “Es liegt nicht alles am Sozialismus: Der Graben zwischen Ost und West ist älter als die DDR“
- Mita Bhattacharya was interviewed by the Australian Newspaper (3 May, 2020) and Bloomberg (13 May, 2020). Her research on the Australian energy market during the COVID-19 pandemic was mentioned in these two outlets.
- Ross Booth took part in a live interview on 26 May with TV station CGTN Beijing on the effect of COVID-19 on Sport.
- Gaurav Datt wrote "Containing COVID-19 in Bangladesh" (with Asad Islam and Sisira Jayasuriya) on East Asia Forum (28 April 2020).
- "Financing of fiscal response to Covid-19: A red herring?" (with Ayushi Bajaj), Ideas for India (12 April 2020).
- Isaac Goss was interviewed by The New Daily on the coronavirus technical recession.
- Gennadi Kazakevitch was interviewed by Sarah Basford for her article on Jobseeker's Mandatory Requirements, on the Lifehacker Australia. Watch the interview here.
- SBS featured Vinod Mishra’s interview about the new economic recovery package announced by PM Scott Morrison.
- SBS News story also interviewed Vinod Mishra about the possible scenarios of Economic recovery in post-COVID-19 Australia.
- Vinod Mishra, Ayushi Bajaj, Gaurav Datt, Lata Gangadharan, Asad Islam, Sisira Jayasuriya, Jaai Parasnis and Ranjan Ray wrote the article “Nine Concerns About the Centre's 1.7 Lakh Crore Package" in The Wire making some policy recommendations to the Indian government's efforts to deal with the COVIDー19 pandemic.
- Matthew Olckers published his article “Can friendship networks help pinpoint those most in need?” in Monash Impact.
- Ranjan Ray was featured in The Wire and East Asia Forum.
The next Department meeting is scheduled for 24 July 2020, 11am to 12:30pm. Whether it will be an on-campus meeting or totally remote attendance will depend on the social distancing advice at that time.
Applied Young Economist Webinar (AYEW)
In mid-April, Ashani Amarasinghe (Monash Economics and SoDa Laboratories) started the Applied Young Economist Webinar (AYEW) (co-hosted with Ivan Yotzov from Warwick University).
The idea of the AYEW is to provide a platform for PhD candidates and Post-Doctoral researchers to connect, interact and engage with each other, while sharing their enthusiasm for the discipline of Economics. It brings together young economists located in various geographies, conducting empirical research in various fields of Economics, to one virtual location where their high-quality research and ideas can be shared with a broad audience - including faculty members - that extends beyond their home universities.
The webinar has evolved into a continuous global webinar series that runs two sessions per week (one for each major time zone). Ashani and Yvan have received a large number of submissions and most presentation slots for the remainder of the year are already booked out.
In less than two months, almost 500 people registered their interest and more than 50 webinars have been scheduled, with speakers from over 30 institutions across four continents. So far, the webinar had presenters from institutions such as Oxford, UPF, ANU, UWA, Hertie School, Bank of Mexico and Monash, and the upcoming list includes universities such as PSE, University of Melbourne, UNSW, Pittsburgh, IHEID Geneva, Vancouver, Frankfurt and Tilburg, to name a few.
All information, including details of upcoming presentations, can be found here. For any inquiries, contact Ashani directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Asia-Pacific Prize in Economic History
Congratulations to Weijia Li, winner of the biennial Asia-Pacific Prize in Economic History for the best dissertation on Asia-Pacific economic history worldwide. Awarded by the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand, the prize recognises outstanding postgraduate research in economic history.
Weijia's dissertation, Meritocracy in Autocracies: Origins and Consequences was awarded by UC Berkeley in 2018. The dissertation studies both the economic consequences and historical origins of bureaucratic capacity. A novel dataset is used to trace the evolution of historical institutions over 1,300 years. New tools of text analysis are applied to the Twenty-Five Histories, the most important source of Chinese history. The dataset uncovers a key empirical regularity: a meritocratic bureaucracy arises only after emperors establish a strong ‘separation of powers’ among provincial officials, an institution that helps to solve the trade-off between loyalty and competence. The joint emergence of market economy and a meritocratic bureaucracy during the ‘Tang-Song Transition’, the watershed moment in Chinese history, is formally modelled. The model also sheds light on different paths of state development in historical China versus the Ottoman Empire.
A summary of the dissertation will appear in the July issue of Australian Economic History Review.
President, Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand
- Dyuti Banerjee’s publication 'Anticorruption reforms, tax evasion, and the role of harassment' published in Journal of Public Economic Theory, is among the top 10 per cent most downloaded papers.
- Sascha Becker was appointed member of the Editorial Board of a newly founded journal, the Journal of Economics, Management and Religion (JEMAR)
- Sascha Becker has been awarded the Excellence in Refereeing award from the Review of Economic Studies. "The winners of the Excellence in Refereeing Award for 2019 have been selected for their contribution in providing the journal with multiple timely, constructive, and insightful referee reports over the past year."
- Giovanni Caggiano gave a professional development seminar at the Economic Society of Australia on 28 May on the topic of the macroeconomic effects of global uncertainty.
- In April, Frank Wolak and Gordon Leslie delivered an online seminar to members of the Australian Energy Market Commission on designing electricity markets to integrate large amounts of intermittent renewable energy sources.
- Congratulations to our former Honours student Mitch Harvey (class of 2018) who was awarded a full scholarship to study for a Ph. D in Political Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Mitch did his honours thesis under the supervision of Giovanni Caggiano. After graduating in 2018, he worked for the Department as a teaching assistant, and took a Real Analysis class at Monash. Giovanni Caggiano, Chongwoo Choe, Vai-Lam Mui, Christis Tombazos and Liang Choon Wang wrote letters for him for his applications. We wished Mitch the best in his study in the years to come.
Australian Energy Markets Initiatives Workshop will run at the Caulfield Campus on 26-27 March hosted by the Centre for Global Business Australian Electricity Markets Initiative. The workshop focuses on designing efficient network pricing and features several international speakers. Keynote speakers are Professor Frank Wolak, Director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University and Professor Estelle Cantillon, Research Director at the Université libre de Bruxelles.
Monash Environmental Economics Workshop (MEEW) will run on 9-10 June 2020. The workshop brings together Australian and international researchers working on diverse topics in environmental, resource and energy economics.
This is the fifth year the workshop has run and we are expanding its format with more international participants and two keynotes: Professor Juan Camilo Cárdenas from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and Professor Christopher Costello from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The workshop is a collaboration between the Department of Economics, the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability and Monash Business School. For further information please contact Anke Leroux.
Technology and the future of labour: historical and contemporary perspectives" is co-organised by Sascha O. Becker and Assistant Professor Hyejin Ku (UCL) on Thu 21 May 2020 and Fri 22 May 2020 at the British Academy in London.
Gaurav Datt visited India in January and gave several seminars at the Institute of Economic Growth on January 6; Delhi School of Economics on January 9 and at the National Council of Applied Economic Research on January 10.
The seminars were on 'Progressivity and Redistributive Effects of Income Taxes in India' and 'Distribution-sensitive Multidimensional Poverty Measures'.
In January, Vinod Mishra visited the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, India. While there, he worked on a collaborative research project and interacted with staff and PhD students. He also presented a paper on the relationship between Economic Growth and Income Inequality in their seminar program.
Yves Zenou gave the keynote lecture at the Asian-Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) Annual Congress, Singapore, 12-14 December 2019.
He also presented at a departmental seminar at the National University of Singapore (NUS), December 10, 2019.
Yves presented at the University of Hong Kong, Economics Department seminar, Hong Kong, November 12, 2019 and gave a Department seminar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Economics Department seminar, Hong Kong on November 13, 2019.
On February 7, 2020 he gave a Departmental seminar at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.
Yves Zenou became a Council member of the Econometric Society.
He was elected as Member of Executive Board of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE).
Together with Daiji Kawaguchi he is co-editing a Special Issue on the “Asian and Australasian Association of Labour Economics, 3rd annual conference, Singapore, 12-14 December 2019,” Labour Economics, November 2020 (expected).
He will serve as Programme Committee Member of the World Conference in Labor Economics (EALE, SOLE and AASLE), Berlin, Germany, June 2020.
Sascha O Becker’s recent paper on Investment in education after World War II was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal newsletter as a highlight from the research presented at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting.
Writing in The Irish Times (“Brexit is a culture war with economics as collateral damage”), Chris Johns cites the paper by Alabrese, Becker, Fetzer and Novy (2019): "Analysis reveals that “voting Leave is associated with older age, white ethnicity, low educational attainment, infrequent use of smartphones and the internet, receiving benefits, adverse health and low life satisfaction”, Eleonora Alabrese, Sascha Becker, Thiemo Fetzer and Dennis Novy report in Who Voted for Brexit? (European Journal of Political Economy, 2019).”
- Arthur Campbell and Yves Zenou received an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “Social Network Analysis: Social Media, Peer Effects and the Environment” of AUD$282,727.
- Michelle Rendall has received an ARC DP20 grant titled “Talent Mismatch: Evidence from Australian Administrative Tax Records" for AUD$136,355.
We are hosting a number of long-term visitors at the moment across both campuses.
Satya Borgohain recently joined SoDa labs as a Research Fellow after graduating with a Masters in Data Science from Monash. He currently works at the intersection of big data and machine learning within the political and social science domain and is helping build robust data pipelines for alternative data analysis using different methodologies at SoDa.
He works closely with Associate Professors Simon Angus and Paul Raschky, with Dr Klaus Ackermann and Dr Nathan Lane. His research primarily focuses on mining social media networks, creating dashboards for global internet activity (IP Observatory) and text classification of government entities along with full stack application development. He will also deliver an upcoming workshop on web scraping in collaboration with Monash Data Fluency in April 2020.
David Jackson is a PhD student from Stockholm University under the supervision of Professor David Stromberg. He is visiting Monash for the academic year 2019-2020 under the supervision of Professor Yves Zenou.
His thesis is about bargaining and networks both from an empirical and theoretical perspective.
Dr Richard Kima joined Monash University in November 2019 for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in macroeconomics. He works with Associate Professor Giovanni Caggiano and Professor Efrem Castenuovo from the University of Melbourne, on an ARC-funded project entitled 'Uncertainty, Financial Frictions, and the Australian Business Cycle'.
“I am pleased and fortunate to work with both Giovanni and Efrem, benefiting from their extended experience in the field. Within the project, we primarily aim at developing and estimating state-of-the-art macroeconomic models,” he says.
Richard is originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa, and recently completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Southampton in the UK.
Dr Stefan Meyer is currently working as a Research Fellow on a project to improve food security in the northern uplands of Laos. After being based in Vientiane for three years, he joined Monash in October 2019. Together with Dr Paulo Santos (and others), he developed and implemented RCTs to test the impact of a rodent control contest, the use of economic games as a learning tool and the provision of village training grants on the livelihoods and food security of smallholder farmers. Before this project, Stefan worked for three years in Malawi on research projects to analyse the economics land degradation and the food-energy-water nexus. His contributions to the projects were both to research and implementation. His main research interests are the behavioural aspects of development and agricultural economics.
Dr Behnud Mir Djawadi is currently a Research Fellow at the Chair for Corporate Governance at Paderborn University in Germany and head of the university’s experimental Business and Economic Research Laboratory (BaER-Lab). Since 2016, he has been the Secretary of the “Society for the Advancement of Behavioural Economics (SABE)” which is one of the most established international associations of scholars devoted to behavioural economics.
His research interests include behavioural and experimental economics, as well as organisational behaviour, judgment and decision-making, health economics, public economics, personnel economics and business ethics.
He is visiting Monash until June 2020, working on a joint research project about the refugee crisis in Germany with Professor Klaus Abbink. In the research they simulate how the Muslim share of the total population in Germany will grow in the next decades as a response to the 2015/2016 influx, using different scenarios and common demographic techniques and assumptions to project populations in the future. This is Behnud’s third visit to the department.
Eva Moreno Galbis is a professor of economics at Aix-Marseille University and a junior member of the prestigious Institut Universitaire de France.
She is a labour economist who has extensively published on migration issues, retirement choices and aging population and the impact of new technologies on the labour market.
She will be visiting Monash University (Caulfield Campus) until July 2020.