Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Cobb-Clark earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan (1990). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, she was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne. She has also held positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University where she was the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre.

Her research agenda centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions. She has published more than four dozen academic articles in leading international journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labour Economics. She is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

Professor Cobb-Clark joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2000 and served as Program Coordinator of IZA’s research area on "Gender and Family Economics".


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 16061
published in: European Economic Review, 2024, 165, 104737
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15175
updated version forthcoming as 'Surveillance and self-control' in: Economic Journal.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15043
published in: European Economic Review, 2024, 161, 104616
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14976
published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2023, 95, 102599.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14920
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2022, 197, 725-744