External Research Fellow
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark joined the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research as Director and Ronald Henderson Professor in 2010.
Prior to joining the Melbourne Institute, Deborah has held positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University.
Deborah earned a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan (1990) and is the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre, has been Associate Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
Deborah's research agenda centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions. In particular, she is currently leading the innovative Youth in Focus Project which is analysing the pathways through which social and economic disadvantage is transmitted from parents to children in Australia. She has published more than four dozen academic articles in leading international journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labour Economics.