Biographical Details of Keynote Speakers

NZAE Conference 2007

Daniel S. Hamermesh

Daniel S. Hamermesh is Edward Everett Hale Centennial Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State. He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at universities in 44 states and 24 foreign countries. His research, published in nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labor demand, social programs, academic labor markets and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty and suicide).

Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Program Director at the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), and Past President of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. His magnum opus, Labor Demand, was published by Princeton University Press in 1993. In 2005 McGraw-Hill Irwin published the second edition of his Economics Is Everywhere, a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life and how the simple tools in a microeconomics principles class can be used.


Deborah Cobb-Clark

BA (Michigan State University) and Ph.D. (University of Michigan). Currently Professor and Head of the Economics Division, Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU and Director, Social Policy Evaluation and Research Centre, The Australian National University. Her research agenda assesses the role of public policy in influencing labour market outcomes. including earnings inequality, migration, job search, dender issues and household wealth. She is a research affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) (Bonn, Germany); Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (Wellington, New Zealand) and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CreAM) (London. UK)


Warwick McKibbin

Professor of economics at the Australian National University who works across a wide range of areas in applied policy. He has published more that 200 scholarly articles and several books and is internationally known for his contribution to global economic modelling. He initially studied at the University of New South Wales where he received a bachelor’s degree with Honours in both Economics and Econometrics and was awarded the University Medal in 1980. McKibbin then studied under Jeffrey Sachs at Harvard University and was awarded a PhD in Economics in 1986.

He is Director of the ANU Centre of Applied Macroeconomic Analysis as well as an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health. He is also the Professorial Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and a non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he co-directs the Climate Change program. McKibbin is President of McKibbin Software Group Inc.

He has been a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia since July 2001 and a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council since 2005. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences at the age of 40 and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through economic policy and tertiary education.


Patricia Apps

Professor Apps holds a PhD from Cambridge University and is currently Professor of Public Economics in the Faculty of Law at the university of Sydney. She is also a Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn, Germany and an Adjunct Professor in the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at the ANU. She is currently President of the European Society for Population Economics. She has published widely on labour supply, household production, the allocation of time, family issues, taxation and the impact of social welfare policies.