Centre Achievements

Life Course Centre researcher named Young Economist of the Year for 2021

1 February 2022

Congratulations to Professor Stefanie Schurer, Life Course Centre Research Fellow at the University of Sydney School of Economics, who has been named The Economic Society of Australia Young Economist of the Year for 2021.

This prestigious award honours a young Australian economist who has made a significant contribution to economic thought, economic knowledge, and the application of economics to public policy and public debate. Professor Schurer is an internationally recognised expert in the field of the economics of human development. She produced some of the first insights in the economic field on the stability and determinants of non-cognitive skills and personality traits. Her more recent research projects tackle key social and economic challenges. Among these projects, she is using administrative data to study the consequences of Australia’s key family, welfare and medical policies for children, including specifically Indigenous children. Read her full award citation here.

Also at the 2021 Economic Society Awards, Dr Cain Polidano, Life Course Centre Associate Investigator at the University of Melbourne, was an author on a paper that was recognised at the Best Paper Winner from The Economic Record:

Oguzoglu, U., Polidano, C. & Vu, H. (2020). Impacts from Delaying Access to Retirement Benefits on Welfare Receipt and Expenditure: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. The Economic Record. Volume 96, Issue 312 pages 65-86. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-4932.12521

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