About Me

I am an Associate Professor (w.e.f Jan 2021) and HDR Director at the Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. I am also an Associate Editor of Journal of Population Economics (Springer).

My research analyses issues lying at the intersection of health economics and development economics. I use microeconometric methods to study the role of preference heterogeneity in individual decision making and its impact on the design of economic policy. My research has developed and evaluated new techniques to study well-being; health related quality of life; multidimensional deprivation; intrahousehold decision making; health related knowledge and awareness on behaviour in the context of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); health and well-being in retirement; economic policy and health behaviour; national and sub-national purchasing power parities (PPPs); health and nutrition insecurity; malnutrition and child health. My research has focused on developed and developing countries including Australia, United Kingdom, India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Botswana and Combodia. My research has been published in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, American Journal for Agricultural Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Biosocial Sciences, Value in Health, British Medical Bulletin among other.

I obtained my PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, Canberra. Previously, I have worked at the Center for Health Economics, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics and Department of Economics at Monash University, Melbourne.

I am affiliated with the Centre of Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University and Global Labor Organization (GLO). At GLO, I lead a research cluster Development, Health, Inequality and Behavior.


  • Join us for the first "Workshop on the Economics of Health Behaviour", Macquarie University, Sydney 11-13 November 2019. For more information visit Conference website.

  • Join us for the "Sydney Development Economics Seminars" from 1st August, 2019. This is a fortnightly seminar series across four universities based in Sydney (UNSW, Macquarie University, University Technology Sydney and University of Sydney) with the objective of providing a ‘social tea’ towards facilitating collaborations among development economists. For more information drop an email to me or (Shyamal Chowdhury (USyd); Sarah Walker (UNSW); Esther Mirjam Girsberger (UTS).