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Honours Students

  • Why did you undertake an honours degree?

    I recognised that employers valued the skills nurtured within Honours and that it would open doors to good career prospects and postgraduate studies.
    Tian Mun Lee - Class of 2014

  • Why did you undertake an honours degree?

    The opportunity to research a topic I am passionate about in greater depth, apply the theoretical concepts I learnt in my undergrad degree and advance my analysis skills.
    Alexandra Grigg -Class of 2014

  • Why did you undertake an honours degree?

    The chance to be a part of a small honours cohort had both social and academic benefits. The opportunity to network and work closely with lecturers was extremely beneficial.
    Emilie Bailey -Class of 2014

  • Maverick De Leon
    Why did you undertake an honours degree?

    Honours provided a good mix of experiences; exposure to academic research, as well as the development of practically applicable tools for entering the workforce.
    Maverick De Leon -Class of 2016

  • Why did you undertake an honours degree?

    To learn important analytical and research skills that would prove useful in whatever future career I chose.
    Alex Holmes -Class of 2016

  • What did you enjoy about your honours degree?

    The incredible feeling of accomplishment when my thesis was complete. Most importantly I enjoyed the continued support of the honours coordinator and my supervisor.
    Emilie Bailey - Class of 2014

  • What did you enjoy about your honours degree?

    The comradery among Honours students made this year the most enjoyable. Working as a tight-knit group, we pushed and helped each other get ‘over the line’.
    Maverick De Leon - Class of 2016

  • What did you enjoy about your honours degree?

    The insight that the degree gives you into what is involved in researching a topic in depth and then communicating the results of your research in an effective manner.
    Alex Holmes -Class of 2016

  • What did you enjoy about your honours degree?

    I enjoyed the challenge of learning how to master the software required, such as Matlab, Stata and Latex.
    Emilie Bailey - Class of 2014

  • What was the highlight of your honours year?

    Interacting and working with lecturers and students from all over the world.
    Tian Mun Lee - Class of 2014

  • What was the highlight of your honours year?

    The comradery among the honours group and support from the academics was the highlight of the year.
    Alex Holmes -Class of 2016

  • What was the highlight of your honours year?

    Submitting my thesis. The Honours program provided a unique opportunity to conduct research in an area of personal interest. There came a sense of pride in submitting my own work.
    Maverick De Leon - Class of 2016

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  • Meet our Current Students
    Alistair Cameron

    Alistair Cameron

    Development economics is my area of interest, and the area in which I aspire to work in a professional capacity. For my thesis, I will be developing a model of micro lending, incorporating dynamic incentives for repayment whilst considering the constraints of Sharīʿah-compliant finance. Developing new Sharīʿah-compliant financial mechanisms endeavours to increase the penetration of financial services in traditionally underrepresented populations.

    Brett Baguley

    Brett Baguley

    I unironically love economics; it's my passion! The intricacies of economics fascinate me and ignite my desire to better understand the world around me. I look forward to applying the skills that I develop throughout my honours year to real world scenarios so that I may someday become a better decision maker, or even a better person. I am interested in researching fields in applied theoretical microeconomics, particularly areas in public economics such as the analysis and measurement of social welfare and probabilistic modelling of economic behaviour.

    Christopher Paterson

    Christopher Paterson

    This year I have chosen to enter the honours program as a way to build on my economics knowledge base and improve my research skills. I am particularly interested in applied microeconomics and am undertaking my thesis in conjunction with the Port Adelaide Football Club. My passion in economics stems from being able to answer interesting questions using various models, theories and analysing data. I am going to use the skills I learn in honours to help solve complex problems in either the public or private sector.

    Lauren Slinger

    Lauren Slinger

    The coursework and research I am undertaking in the honours degree has increased the depth of knowledge gained from the bachelor program. As such, I have decided to do an empirical thesis to gain the skills necessary for the workplace. I am interested in researching the behaviour of borrowers and lenders within credit markets. For example, to determine the amount of risk borrowers are willing to take, given their characteristics and the financial environment. I hope to use the skills developed within honours to shape the world for future generations. It is extremely exciting to know that the discipline of Economics can contribute substantially to the welfare of us all.

    Lisa Mansfeld

    Lisa Mansfeld

    Primarily I am interested in development economics and particular questions of public economics. That's why I decided to write my thesis about the effects of development aid / development cooperation on the corruption levels in the recipient countries. I want to apply my skills in the field of development economics - either conducting research or working directly in an international organization.

    Matthew Johns

    Matthew Johns

    I chose to enrol in honours to continue to explore and understand my fascination with how individuals interact in complex systems. My field of interest is in applied economics, particularly agricultural economics. I intend to research in the field of agricultural economics with a focus on investment in an uncertain environment. With my skills in economics I hope to make a positive influence on the decision making process for those in the agricultural industry and the broader community.

    Michael Stecher

    Michael Stecher

    In my opinion, many of the challenges humanity will be facing throughout the 21st century are at the core economic issues. The most important ones among these are Climate Change and other environmental problems that are caused primarily by human economic activity, due to their irreversible nature and potential catastrophic consequences.

    Economics can be a valuable tool in analysing these problems and designing policies to address them. Therefore, my research interest lies mainly in the fields of ecological and environmental economics, without omitting findings from other fields and disciplines. My honours thesis will most likely be an empirical analysis of the environmental Kuznets curve and its implications.

    Niall Peat

    Niall Peat

    I am undertaking an honours year in economics in order to further my research economics skills. My research interests are applied econometrics and macroeconomics. My thesis will look at the effect of world economic shocks on the Australian economy through the framework of a model of the Australian macroeconomy. I am interested in applying my economics knowledge towards pressing public policy challenges facing Australia in the future.

    Stewart-Seth Bruinsma

    Stewart-Seth Bruinsma

    Economics has ignited my fascination in the interaction between individuals, businesses, markets, and governments. The Honours program has allowed me to further develop the skills gained through my bachelors, and given me the opportunity to focus on my areas of interest in public policy, market regulations, and applied econometrics. In my thesis I intend to investigate how modern technological innovations are currently affecting the labour market. My future ambition is to contribute in the creation and evolution of policy decisions and implementation.

    Thithi Nguyentran

    Thithi Nguyentran

    I decided to undertake Honours in Economics to build on the knowledge I gained in my undergraduate degree and to develop my research and technical skills. I have always been fascinated by how the economy works, and am particularly interested in the following areas: International Finance, Agricultural Economics and Public Policy. For my thesis, I hope to be able to expand on the research and analysis done in the area of Wine Economics.

    William McLachlan

    William McLachlan

    I am interested in all aspects of economics but in particular the way a modern economy operates and how economics has evolved since the GFC. I am further interested in the relationship between the government and the financial system. I have chosen to do honours to further my understanding of the economy which will assist me in a career in economics after university.

  • Career outcomes for recent honours graduates

    Employers of recent honours graduates:

    • Reserve Bank of Australia
    • Australian Government - Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • Federal Treasury, Canberra
    • Federal Treasury and Dept. of Social Services
    • Treasury SA, Adelaide
    • Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
    • National Australia Bank (NAB)
    • Deloitte Access Economics
    • KPMG Accounting
    • Duxton Asset Management

    International Employers:

    • HSBC, Hong-Kong
    • Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
  • Past Graduates
    Adam Baird

    Adam Baird

    Honours Thesis Title:Banking in the Bush: A Study of the State Savings Bank of Victoria and Evaluation of its Role as a Rural Financial Intermediary (1906-1914)

    The focus of my current research is the economic impact of information infrastructure, with my thesis looking at how the savings and investment behaviour has changed with the introduction of new information technology. In the future, I hope that I will be able to apply the mixture of theoretical knowledge and empirical research skills developed throughout an honours degree in economics to some of the complex, multi-dimensional problems that societies face.

    Maverick De Leon

    Maverick De Leon

    Honours Thesis Title: Location, Location, Innovation: The Impact of Local Environmental Factors on Regional Innovation in Australia

    Honours has provided me an opportunity to develop a far greater knowledge in my areas of interest, particularly public economics, applied econometrics, and public policy. I hope to develop a strong theoretical foundation and skills that I can apply in solving a diverse range of real-life issues. My experiences have greatly shaped my aspirations to be able to influence the public policy space for the better, with Honours providing an invaluable steppingstone to achieving that goal.

    Timothy Hersey

    Timothy Hersey

    Honours Thesis Title: Identifying Marginal Returns to Education Through Social Networks

    Economics allows us to explore the solutions to some of the world’s most important challenges. Through my studies in economics, I hope to be able to contribute to this work in some way.I am interested in researching social networks, the way people are interconnected and how that influences their social and economic outcomes.

    Alexander Holmes

    Alexander Holmes

    Honours Thesis Title: Convergence in Alcoholic Beverage Consumption Patterns among OECD Countries

    My research interest is in international trade and I will be completing my thesis on the topic of growth cycles in the global wine industry. I hope to contribute to shaping future public policy in Australia using the advanced skill set I've gained from studying honours in economics.

    Jason Maxted

    Jason Maxted

    Honours Thesis Title: International Trade and Job Polarisation: Are all the middle-waged jobs disappearing?

    "I undertook a year of honours not only to be able to research a topic of interest but to also work closely with such a high calibre group of students. My intended research topic is to investigate the influence of globalisation on the labour market. I then wish to use the knowledge and skills that I have learned to interpret and analyse data, ultimately aiding in the process of policy implementation."

    Marcus Miller

    Marcus Miller

    Honours Thesis Title:Does Academic Success affect Outcomes in Graduate Labour Markets

    I chose to enrol in the honours program as I wanted further opportunity to fine-tune the skills that I learnt during the bachelor program. I decided to do an empirical thesis as a chance to develop my applied econometric skills. I plan to look at the link between course satisfaction and graduate outcomes for university students, in order to help contribute to university policy discussions.
    My passion for economics stems from a deep interest in public policy. Economists are afforded significant influence in policy, and can therefore significantly influence society. I hope to combine the critical thinking skills that studying economics has afforded me in a position where I can make a positive contribute to the everyday well-being of society.

    Justus Nover

    Justus Nover

    Honours Thesis Title: Intergovernmental Grants and Efficiency: An Empirical Study on Administrative Discretion om German Municipalities

    What fascinates me about economics is the scope and complexity of human behaviour and interaction which make economic analysis eminently challenging. Scarcity and conflicts of interest require us to permanently make anticipatory decisions. It is the resulting importance to explore, understand and refine sever-present economic structures which drew my interests to the regulatory and shaping role of public institutions. By studying efficiency effects of grants in federal states I aspire to foster my skills and gain valuable insights to work on matters of economic policy.

    David O’Callaghan

    David O’Callaghan

    Honours Thesis Title: Lobbying and Income Inequality: Experimental Evidence

    I am interested in modeling the trade-off between rent seeking and productive behavior in theoretical models and comparing optimal strategies to the behavior of real participants in behavioral experiments. With the skills I learn in economics I would like to one day make a difference in the way that economics is discussed and debated in the public sphere.

    Sean Parry

    Sean Parry

    Honours Thesis Title: Does Occupational Choice Affect Sexual Behaviour in Young Adults?

    Throughout my study of economics I have found myself thinking about the world in a different way. I hope with this new way of thinking I can apply myself to solve public policy issues or research new ideas. I’m interested in using applied econometrics and running real world experiments to solve real issues. Together with the other honours students I think the skills we learn during this year will be able to bring positive change to the world.

    Martin Stefan

    Martin Stefan

    Honours Thesis Title: Local Norms in Explaining Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Swiss Referendum

    What amazes me most about economics, is the incredible amount of problems it can be applied to, ranging from problems in anti-trust legislation, black markets and carbon taxes, to yield gaps of government bonds and zero-sum games in game theory. I hope to apply my skills in economics to some of these problems, such as e.g. the low voter turnout rates observed in many democracies. In my thesis I therefore want to explore the determinants of voter turnout in elections where voting is not mandatory.

    Thomas Venning

    Thomas Venning

    I am a rural student, raised and continue to work on a farm. I therefore have a passion for applied economics, especially in the field of agriculture and infrastructure. Agriculture is one of the only thriving industries in this state, yet has significant potential for improvement. My thesis will try and encapsulate the effect policy, such as manufacturing protectionism and mining has had on agriculture. I hope to produce a meaningful thesis which has the potential for increased economic prosperity. Studying economics improves your analysis skills, critical thinking, and ultimately encourages holistic and educated judgements on crucial issues facing the world; and those are the exact skills I wish to advance. For the time being I wish to combine my working knowledge and deep understanding of farming practices, and a higher education in economics, to assist the plight of Australian farmers dealing future climactic, economic and financial change.

    Eugene Braslavskiy

    Eugene Braslavskiy

    Honours Thesis Title: To Fine or Not to Fine: The importance of Punishment Substitutability in Criminometric Studies

    I hope to use my economics skills and knowledge to be able to answer important questions about how the world works. I aspire to be able to work on policies and initiatives that will help progress positive social outcomes and make our society a better place.‬‬

    Sarah Cornell-Farrow

    Sarah Cornell-Farrow

    Honours Thesis Title: Understanding the Relationship Between Funding and Standardised Test Scores: A Case Study of Australian Public and Private Schools

    Alfred Marshall wrote that “Economics is the study of people in the ordinary business of life.” Through my study of economics, I am learning to critically analyse and provide solutions for the problems that infiltrate through almost every aspect of people’s lives. I hope that, with these skills, I will be able to gain a position working on government policy and also pursue further postgraduate research.‬‬‬

    Yahdullah Haidari

    Yahdullah Haidari

    Honours Thesis Title: The Terms of Trade and Economic Fluctuations In Australia

    I believe many issues in society are fundamentally economic in nature, and any decisions made by corporations and the government have important economic consequences. Understanding economics is essential to understanding the world in which we live and work. In particular, proper macroeconomic management is crucial to society’s prosperity. I hope that through using my skills in economics, I can contribute to the economic welfare of the society I live in.‬‬‬

    Sandra Kohler

    Sandra Kohler

    Honours Thesis Title: Trade Destruction and Diversion Effects of Australian Antidumping Actions

    Trade in goods and services is an important determinant of a country's wealth. My ambition is to contribute to the further facilitation of international trade by helping to provide a better understanding of the patterns of trade as well as its underlying phenomena and restrictions such as barriers to trade.

    Arlen McDonell

    Arlen McDonell

    Honours Thesis Title:Incentives and Private Health Insurance in Australia

    I came to economics out of an interest in politics and debates about public policy. When deciding what to study I was heavily influenced by the prominent role that economists play in influencing policy decisions, both in governments and the private sector. I realised that if I wanted to make informed and knowledgeable contributions to any decision making process, then economics would provide me with valuable skills.‬‬‬

    Matthew Mercer

    Matthew Mercer

    Honours Thesis Title: Job Search and Wealth Accumulation Under Borrowing Constraints

    My interests are mainly in the area of Macroeconomics, where I appreciate the synergy of theory and reality that provides such a unique way of thinking. I particularly enjoy the challenge of exploring economic issues at a national and international level, and in the future I aspire to apply my skills to work on matters of economic policy.

    Reece Vieraitis

    Reece Vieraitis

    Honours Thesis Title: The Australian Drug Epidemic: A Legislative Blunder?

    Interested in how the global economy, its markets and agents interconnect I decided to study a degree in Economics. This has given me an ability to analyse and interpret data, which has in turn allowed me to develop an appreciation for financial and capital markets. I hope to utilise these skills in financial services and draw on my knowledge of economic concepts and principles to adapt to the industry’s continuously changing environment.

    Aleksis Xenophon

    Aleksis Xenophon

    Honours Thesis Title: Electricity Consumption and Economic Growth in China: Assessing Granger Causeality at Provincial, Electricity-Market and National Levels

    Economics can be applied to a seemingly endless variety of complex problems. Whether it’s understanding how people bid in auctions, or designing mechanisms to disincentivise pollution, the economic way of thinking provides a framework which can be used to generate solutions. It is this way of thinking that I hope to develop over the course of my career, and in doing so assist in making some aspects of the world easier to understand.‬‬‬

    Shangyue Yuan

    Shangyue Yuan

    Honours Thesis Title: An Instrumental Variable Approach to Estimate the Tax Revenue Elasticity of Sub Saharan African Countries: A Review

    My Economics degree has taught me how to tackle the real world economic issues. By using the analytical skills I have acquired during the study of Economics, I can try to solve these economical as well as political issues of the world in a professional and creative way. This learning process has prepared me very well not only for the higher research program but also for future employment.‬‬‬

    Emilie Bailey

    Emilie Bailey

    Honours Thesis Title: Small Open Economy Model with Labour Market Frictions and Wealth Destruction

    I was fortunate enough to obtain a graduate position with Deloitte Access Economics in Canberra. I will be working in the Macroeconomic Policy and Forecasting team, providing economic consulting services to both public and private sector clients. I am certain my Honours degree has equipped me with the theoretical knowledge and practical tools necessary to succeed in this role.

    Alexandra Grigg

    Alexandra Grigg

    Honours Thesis Title: Do Different Modes of RBA Monetary Policy Communication Impact Market Participant Expectations?

    I currently work with Deloitte in Melbourne doing finance consulting. I hope this will open doors to an analytical and research based career.

    Lee Tian Mun

    Lee Tian Mun

    Honours Thesis Title: Export oriented Sectors in a Small Open Economy

    I am currently employed in the Foreign Economic Policy Division at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. As part of my job scope, I conduct research on trade related issues and analyse their impacts on Singapore’s economy.

    Julian Tunstill

    Julian Tunstill

    Honours Thesis Title: The Effects of Financial Access and Quality on Farming Households in Indonesia

    Ernest Yau

    Ernest Yau

    Honours Thesis Title: The Role of Bank capital and financial Sector in the Business Cycle

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