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Professor Gareth Myles

Head of School of Economics

DPhil (Oxford), MSc (London School of Economics), BA (Warwick)

Gareth has been Professor of Economics and Head of the School since January 2017 and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London since 1998. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Warwick, and Professor of Economics and Director of the Tax Administration Research Centre at the University of Exeter.

He is a Managing Editor of the Journal of Public Economic Theory and was managing editor of Fiscal Studies from 1998 to 2013. His major research interest is in public economics and his publications include Public Economics (1995), Intermediate Public Economics (2006) and numerous papers in International Tax and Public Finance, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, and the Journal of Public Economics. Gareth Myles has been an Academic Adviser to HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs. He has also provided economic advice to international bodies including the European Commission and the OECD.

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Professor Kym Anderson

George Gollin Professor of Economics (half-time)
PhD (Stanford), MA (Chicago), Hon. Dr. Econ (Adelaide), MEc, BAgEc (Hons) (UNE)

Kym is foundation Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), and in 2012 he rejoined the Australian National University part-time as a Professor of Economics in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics of ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy.

Kym has worked in many international institutions including Stockholm University's Institute for International Economic Studies (1988), the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92), and the Research Group of the World Bank in Washington DC (2004-07). Besides several Australian and US based corporate Board positions, he has recently been made a member of a number of prestigious Economics groups and panels in Europe and the US: the Advisory Board of the new Wine Economics Group at the University of Bordeaux IV; the Science and Policy Advisory Panel for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets; the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; the Board of Directors of the Fund for the International Conference of Agricultural Economists; and from the end of 2014 he will move from Vice-Chair to Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Kym's research interests and publications are in the areas of:

  • International trade and development
  • Agricultural economics
  • Wine economics

His most recent projects have focused on empirical analysis of such issues as the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization; global distortions to agricultural incentives; economics of agricultural biotechnology (GMO) policies globally, and wine globalization.

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Dr Raul Barreto

Senior Lecturer
PhD (Colorado)

Raul has been at the University of Adelaide since 1998.

His research publications have been mainly in the fields of corruption and economic growth.

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Dr Nadya Baryshnikova

PhD (Brown University), MA (Brown University), BA (Hons) in Economics and Mathematics (Clark University)

Nadya has been at the University of Adelaide since 2006. She has taught various econometrics and mathematics courses including Advanced Econometrics (V), Econometrics (IV), Topics in Applied Econometrics (III and IIID), Advanced Time Series Econometrics (IV) and Introduction to Mathematical Economics (Advanced) I. During this time, she has supervised a number of PhD, Honours and Masters students.

Nadya's research interests include:

  • Econometrics and applied econometrics
  • Instrumental variables, weak IV, panel data, GMM, empirical likelihood.
  • She has a broad interest in microeconometric applications. Some of these fields are environmental economics, development economics, urban economics, education and health economics.
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Professor Ralph Bayer

Associate Head (Research)
Director of AdLab
PhD (LSE), Diplom Volkswirt (comparable to MA Economics)

Ralph-C Bayer joined the School of Economics in 2002 after completing his PhD at the London School of Economics. Dr Bayer has established AdLab -- the Adelaide Laboratory for Experimental Economics, one of the first experimental laboratories for Economics in Australia. He is currently the director of AdLab.

Dr Bayer is the principal investigator of two ARC Discovery Projects. One project is aimed at designing methods and procedures for an effective and efficient corporate tax enforcement, while the other project (together with Paul Pezanis-Christou) researches efficient ways to sell multiple objects in auctions.

His research focuses on:

  • Behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics, focusing on limited cognitive abilities, social preferences and reciprocity
  • Game theory, in particular why humans' behaviour regularly deviates from what standard game theory predicts.
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Dr Eran Binenbaum

PhD (UC Berkeley), Master (UC Riverside), Doctorandus (Amsterdam)

Eran has been a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide since 2002. He has a strongly international perspective, is multilingual, and has lived on four continents. In his research, research supervision and teaching he has worked with local and international students from many different countries.

Eran is a member of the Association for Social Economics, the Schumpeter Society, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, and the Economic Society of Australia.

His research interests include:

  • Economics of Innovation
  • Economics of Collective Action
  • The Green Revolution
  • History of Economic Thought and Economic Methodology
  • Humanistic economics
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Dr Terence Cheng

Senior Lecturer
Honours Program Coordinator
PhD (Australian National University), Master of Social Science in Economics (NUS)

Terence Cheng joined the School of Economics in January 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to joining Adelaide, Terence worked as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he remains an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

Terence’s research interests are in the fields of Health Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Labour Economics. His work involves the application of econometric and economic techniques to solve problems with a strong public policy focus. His research has been regularly featured in Australian and international media. He has also worked on consultancy and commission research by governmental and international organisation clients.

Terence’s current research activities are in the areas of:

  • Health care demand and insurance
  • Economics of the medical labour market (e.g. doctors’ labour supply, professional networks)
  • Health care financing and provision in mixed public-private systems
  • Applied microeconometrics (e.g. count and LDV estimation; simulation methods) and panel data (e.g. attrition)
  • Happiness and well-being
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Dr Mark Dodd

PhD (Adelaide), GCertEd (Higher Ed), DipLang (Chinese), BEc (Hons), BCom (Corp Fin)

Dr. Mark Dodd is a Lecturer in the School of Economics. His PhD and earlier research work was in the area of Health Economics. In 2018 he was admitted into the Adelaide Education Academy as an Education Specialist, and he now focuses his research on the Learning and Teaching of Economics.

His research interests include:

  • The role of inter-temporal preferences in health and lifestyle choices
  • Health economics
  • Applied microeconomics
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Dr Firmin Doko Tchatoka

Senior Lecturer
PhD (Montreal UdeM)

Firmin joined the School in 2014.

His research interests include:

  • Weak instruments problems
  • Time series analysis methods in econometrics
  • Invariant tests and invariance in models
  • Applications in macroeconomics and labour economics
  • Identification-robust procedures for testing financial market contagions
  • Housing markets
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Dr Nicolas Groshenny

Senior Lecturer
PhD (Bocconi)

Nicolas joined the School of Economics in April 2013. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked for four years in the Research Team at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Nicolas obtained in his PhD in Economics from Bocconi University in 2009.

His research interests include:

  • Monetary policy and business cycles
  • Macro/labour economics
  • Applied macro econometrics
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Dr Benedikt Heid

Senior Lecturer
Dr. oec. publ. (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich), M.Sc. International Economics and European Studies (University of Tübingen), B.Sc. International Economics (University of Tübingen)

Benedikt has been at the University of Adelaide since September 2016. Prior to joining Adelaide, Benedikt worked as a lecturer at the University of Bayreuth and as a Junior Economist at the Ifo Institute in Munich. Benedikt is a CESifo affiliate and has won the CESifo Prize in Global Economy – Distinguished CESifo Affiliate in 2015.

His recently published papers investigate the relationship between trade and unemployment, the effect of trade agreements such as the Australia-United States FTA and the (proposed) TTIP, and the determinants of foreign direct investment.

His research interests include:

  • empirical international trade
  • new quantitative trade theory
  • (informal) labor markets and globalization
  • foreign direct investment
  • applied econometrics
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Dr Umair Khalil

Seminar Coordinator
PhD (Rochester), MA (Rochester and British Columbia), BSc (Hons.) (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan)

Umair joined us in mid-2017 from West Virginia University where he has worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor since 2015. Dr Khalil’s research has explored topics in crime including the effect of illegal firearm prevalence on crime rates in the United States. His recent work has focused on empirically estimating social interactions in various economic and social settings.

His research interests include:

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Social Interactions
  • Health Economics
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Dr Virginie Masson

Associate Head (Learning and Teaching)
PhD (Pittsburgh), MA (Econometrics) (University of Aix-Marseille)

Virginie joined the School in 2006.

Virginie’s research interests include:

  • Evolutionary Game Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Networks

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Dr Stephanie McWhinnie

Senior Lecturer
Postgraduate Research Program Coordinator
PhD (British Columbia), MA Economics (British Columbia), BA(Hons) Economics (Otago)

Stephanie worked for two years as a Policy Analyst at the Dunedin City Council before moving to Canada for graduate school. After completing her MA in Economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, she completed her PhD in Economics there in 2006 before moving to the School of Economics in Adelaide in 2006.

Stephanie is a founding member of the Australian Fisheries Economics Network, and South Australian Branch Secretary of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

Her research interests include:

  • Natural resource and environmental economics (presently focused on fisheries)

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Professor Gerd Muehlheusser

Professor Gerd Muehlheusser

Visiting Research Fellow
PhD (Bonn), Diplom-Volkswirt (Frankfurt) (comparable to MA Economics)

Gerd obtained his PhD in 2002. He is a regular visitor from the University of Hamburg. He is currently Managing Editor of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics and a Research Fellow in the Institute for the Study of Labour.

His research interests include:

  • Economics of Contracts
  • Industrial Organization
  • Personnel and Organizational Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economics of Sports

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Associate Professor Mandar Oak

Associate Professor of Economics
PhD (Cornell), MA (Delhi School of Economics), BCom (Mumbai University)

Mandar joined the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide Jan 2008. Prior to this, he taught at Williams College in Williamstown MA in the USA. He served as Head of School from September 2011 to December 2014.

His research interests include:

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Indian economics
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Associate Professor Paul Pezanis-Christou

Associate Professor of Economics
BEc Program Coordinator
PhD (European University Institute), MAS & Magistère (Economics) (Aix-Marseille University)

Paul joined the School in November 2012 and previously held positions at the Institute of Economic Analysis (CSIC, Barcelona), the University of Strasbourg and the University of New South Wales.

His research interests include:

  • Market Mechanisms, with a focus on the effects of trading rules and agents’ preferences on the formation of prices, competition and efficiency
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
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Dr Florian Ploeckl

Senior Lecturer
Postgraduate Coursework Program Coordinator
PhD (Yale), M.Ect (Maastricht)

Florian joined the School of Economics in 2013. He completed his PhD at Yale University in 2009 and in 2012 he won the Prize of the International Economic History Associate for the best dissertation in the category “Long 19th Century” Economics. After completing his PhD he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Marie Curie Fellow at the Nuffield College of the Department of Economics of Oxford University.

Florian’s research focuses on Economic History, especially integrating ideas and concepts from Economic Geography into our study of the past. His dissertation investigated the formation and impact of the Zollverein, the first international customs union. His current research focuses on the economic history and importance of communication systems, in particular the rise of the Postal Service and its role in economic growth.

Florian retains an Associate Membership with Nuffield College, Oxford and is an affiliate Researcher with the Centre of Economic History at the ANU.

His research interests include:

  • Historical trade institutions
  • The role of economic geography in economic history
  • Urban economics and the role of cities in economic growth
  • Historical communication systems and their impact on economic development
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Professor Ludovic Renou

Professor Ludovic Renou

Visiting Researcher
PhD (EUI), MSc Economics (Université Paris-I-Sorbonne)

Ludovic obtained his PhD in 2004 from the European University Institute.

His research interests are:

    • Game Theory
    • Contracts and Institutions
    • Economic Theory

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Dr Yaping Shan

PhD (Iowa), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Mathematics (Wuhan)

Yaping Shan commenced as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in December 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2012 and holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor Mathematics from Wuhan University.

His research interests include:

  • Dynamic Contract Theory
  • Industrial Organization
  • Microeconomics
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Professor Mark Weder

Professor of Economics
BEc (Advanced) Program Coordinator
PhD (Economics) (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Habilitation (Venia Legendi for Economics) (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Diplom-Volkswirt (Technische Universität Berlin)

Mark has been at The University of Adelaide since 2005.

His research interests include:

      • Business cycle theory
      • Sunspots & animal spirits
      • Monetary policy & theory
      • Economic history of the United States & Germany
      • News shocks
      • Labour markets
      • Institutions and economic growth.
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Dr Jacob Wong

PhD (British Columbia), MA (British Columbia), BComm (Toronto)

Jacob has been at the University of Adelaide since 2007.

His research interests include:

  • Macroeconomic fluctuations
  • Monetary policy and theory
  • Labour market frictions

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Associate Professor Duygu Yengin

Associate Professor
Deputy Head of School
PhD (Rochester), MA Economics (Rochester), BSc Economics (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Dr. Duygu Yengin joined the University of Adelaide in 2007 after completing her PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, USA.

Her research interests include:

      • Fair Allocation
      • Matching
      • Coalitional Game Theory
      • Networks
      • Political Philosophy

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Professor Giulio Zanella

Professor of Economics
PhD (Siena), MSc (Wisconsin-Madison)

Giulio joined the University of Adelaide in July 2018.  Before moving to Adelaide, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Siena, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and Associate Professor at the University of Bologna.

His research interests include:

      • Labour Economics
      • Social Economics
      • Applied Econometrics

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