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    Professor Lisa Cameron

Professor Lisa Cameron is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne, where she leads the research area on ‘Disadvantage and Well-Being in the Asia-Pacific’. She is an empirical micro-economist who received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 1996. Her research focuses on issues of social welfare and poverty, in Australia and throughout Asia (particularly Indonesia and China), and often incorporates the techniques of experimental and behavioural economics to better understand human decision-making. Much of her research focuses on policy evaluation - understanding the impacts and behavioural implications of public policy. She is particularly interested in the socio-economic determinants of health and well-being and the welfare of disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Her work in this area has included examining the welfare of people living in poverty, people living with a disability (Indonesia), sex-workers (Indonesia), female international migrant workers (Indonesia), prison inmates (China) and Indigenous youth (Australia). She has also written extensively on gender inequality. She often collaborates on research projects with government and international agencies such as the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is an adjunct Research Fellow at ANU’s Indonesia Project and an Affiliated Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). In 2013 she was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.


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