CHSCR member movements and recent research successes

Economic inequality in Australia is far worse than previously thought, according to a new report by economists from UOW.

The New South Wales Department of Education commissioned the study to investigate the role of education in intergenerational mobility – how influential your family circumstances as a child are on your financial outcomes as an adult.

CHSCR's Associate Professor Siminski and Dr Silvia Mendolia found that Australians are worse off than those who live in Scandinavian countries, as well as Germany, Canada and New Zealand, and only just ahead of the UK and US.

Read more in the UOW Media Release: Family background matters more to earnings than once thought.

Dr Alfredo Paloyo in collaboration with University of Sydney colleagues organised Workshop on the Social Science of Obesity.

The workshop will gather leading researchers, including from policy departments, and practitioners to examine the latest insights on childhood obesity in order to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration. The public and private burden of obesity is substantial: obese individuals have poorer labour-market performance as well as poorer physical and mental health.

The Centre for Human and Social Capital Research welcomes Dr Alfredo Paloyo as the latest member to join the team. Dr Paloyo was recruited from the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in Germany, where he has focused on the econometric evaluation of socioeconomic policy, particularly in the fields of Labour and Health Economics. He obtained his doctorate from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics.

Concerning other member movements, Dr Frank Neri and Dr Benoît Freyens have left the CHSCR. Dr Neri remains with the School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance at the University of Wollongong (UOW) while Dr Freyens is now an Associate Professor at the School of Government and Policy of the University of Canberra. Dr Roger Patulny is now with the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry of UOW and remains an Associate Member of CHSCR. Prof Simon Ville has become the Head of the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry in the Faculty of Law, Humanities, and the Arts of UOW.

Congratulations are in order for Dr Patulny, who was awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant (LP140100033) with colleagues from the University of Sydney. The project will “explore unemployed people’s formal and informal networks and the impact of those networks on employment status and wellbeing.” Dr Paloyo was awarded a Faculty Research Grant to collaborate with Dr Josef Montag of Mendel University in the Czech Republic. Their research will examine the gender wage gap in Australia and Germany using information obtained from same-sex households.

Associate Professor Peter Siminski and Dr Paloyo are collaborating with Sally Rogan of UOW’s Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) to evaluate the impact of supplemental instruction on a variety of academic performance measures. Their research is funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) of the Australian Government and by an Educational Inclusion Grant from UOW’s Faculty of Business.

In 2014, CHSCR commenced two contract research projects for government departments:

  • The Effect of Education on Income Mobility (Siminski & Mendolia) - commissioned by the NSW Government Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) ($70,300)
  • DVA Clients as Receivers and Providers of Care in the Community (Siminski) - commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs ($59,520)

CHSCR members have also had recent publication successes. The following is a selected list of published research by our members in ERA (2010) A or A* journals:

Apps, P., S. Mendolia, and I. Walker (2013). “The impact of pre-school on adolescents’ outcomes: Evidence from a recent English cohort.” Economics of Education Review 37 (December): 183–199.

Bauer, T.K., S. Bender, A.R. Paloyo, and C.M. Schmidt (forthcoming). “Do guns displace books? The impact of compulsory military service on educational attainment.” Economics Letters.

Droff, J. and A.R. Paloyo (forthcoming). “Assessing the regional economic impacts of defense activities: A survey of methods.” Journal of Economic Surveys.

Jayanthakumaran, K., P. Sangkaew, and M. O’Brien (2013). “Trade liberalisation and manufacturing wage premiums: Evidence from Thaialnd.” Journal of Asian Economics 29 (December): 15–23.

Paloyo, A.R., A.R. Reichert, H. Reinermann, and H. Tauchmann (forthcoming). “The causal link between financial incentives and weight loss: An evidence-based survey of the literature.” Journal of Economic Surveys.

Patulny, R., P. Siminski, and S. Mendolia (forthcoming). “The Front Line of Social Capital Creation – A Natural Experiment in Symbolic Interaction.” Social Science & Medicine.

Stavrunova, O. and O. Yerokhin (2014). “Tax incentives and the demand for private health insurance.” Journal of Health Economics 34 (March): 121–130.


Last reviewed: 17 July, 2017