Deborah Cobb-Clark to head key Faculty of Business and Economics economic-social research think-tank

University of Melbourne logoLeading labour market expert Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark has been appointed Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Ronald F Henderson Professor in the University of Melbourne.

She will take up the appointment on 27 April 2010.

Professor Cobb-Clark is currently Head of the Economics Program at the Research School of Social Sciences, and inaugural Director of the Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre at the Australian National University.

A world expert on the effects of public policies on labour market outcomes, much of her research has focused on immigration policy and how this might affect the labour market outcomes of migrants.  She has also examined how the receipt of income support affects young people’s decisions to engage in risky behaviour and the role of gender in promotions, occupational choice, and wages

She is currently leading the innovative Youth in Focus project, a longitudinal survey funded by the Australian Research Council and the Commonwealth Government.

Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Professor Margaret Abernethy says the Faculty is delighted to have attracted a person of Professor Cobb-Clark’s background and extensive experience as Director of its widely-respected Melbourne Institute. “Professor Cobb-Clark is a world leader in her field. Her prodigious talent for research will build on the Melbourne Institute’s already outstanding research record.”

After completing her PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan, Deborah Cobb-Clark worked as a labour economist with the US Department of Labor. Her extensive research publications have appeared in top tier economics journals, including the number one ranked international journal, the American Economic Review.  Professor Cobb-Clark was recently elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).

Professor Mark Wooden, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Institute and Director of the HILDA Survey, is Acting Director until Professor Cobb-Clark takes up her appointment.

The Melbourne Institute is a department within the University’s Faculty of Business and Economics.

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