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About me

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University. My research focuses on economic decision-making over the lifecycle and the role of financial stress, mental health, cognitive ability and non-cognitive skills. The analysis of human capital formation, with a particular focus on the role of non-cognitive skills has been my primary research focus for the last 5 years. My current research projects investigate whether the evolution of non-cognitive skills and their returns are context dependent. We currently do not know much about this, despite a growing literature showing the importance of these skills in determining life’s outcomes and recent trends to teach non-cognitive skills in schools in Australia and the US.

According to
IDEAS/RePeC – the largest bibliographic database of economists worldwide – I currently rank in the top 9% of all economists and top 6% of female economists worldwide.

My articles can be found in such journals as the Economic JournalIndustrial and Labour Relations ReviewJournal of Banking and FinanceJournal of Economic Behaviour and OrganizationLabour Economics, Journal of Human Capital, Economics Letters and Journal of Economic Psychology.

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Sonja C. Kassenboehmer
Centre for Health Economics
Monash University
Level 2, Building 75
Clayton, Victoria 3800


++March 2017++
My paper on obesity and socioemotional skills has just been accepted for publication in Journal of Human Capital

++Jan 2017++
My paper has just been accepted  in Journal of Economic Psychology [LINK]

++Dec 2016++
My paper has just been accepted for publication in Labour Economics [LINK]

++Dec 2016++
My paper has just been conditionally accepted  in Journal of Economic Psychology [LINK]

++Dec 2016++
My paper has just been published in Journal of Banking and Finance [LINK]

++Nov 2016++
My paper is now forthcoming in Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation [LINK]

++Nov 2016++
I will present my work on Financial Decision-making and Cognitive Decline at the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Workshop [LINK]