Anna Zhu

Research Affiliate

University of Melbourne

Anna Zhu is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Anna’s research uses econometric techniques combined with national survey and administrative datasets to investigate issues on child development, the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage, relationship dynamics and employment. Her recent work examines the effects of welfare reforms on repartnering behaviour, how schooling reduces the longer-term developmental gaps between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as how caring for a child with a disability affects mother’s employment.

She has conducted some of this research under partnerships with government agencies and as a research fellow of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence’s Life Course Centre.

Anna joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10614
Guy Johnson, David C. Ribar, Anna Zhu
published in: in Susan Averett, Laura Argys and Saul Hoffman (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women and the Economy, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9686
published in: Journal of Population Economics, First Online: 17 May 2018 (
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9250
Published in: Journal of Population Economics 2017 30(3):893–924