March

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.

Past events

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.

Satya Borgohain

Richard Kima

Stefan Meyer

Behnud Mir Djawadi

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.

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