Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is Program Coordinator of IZA’s research area in Gender and Family Economics; 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.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10406
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2022, 57(4), 1311-1349
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10386
published in: S. L. Averett, L. M. Argys and S. D. Hoffman (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Women and the Economy, Oxford, 2018 (
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9879
published in: Labour Economics, 2017, 46, 150-165. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2017.05.001
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9686
published in: Journal of Population Economics, First Online: 17 May 2018 (
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9600
substantially revised version published as 'Locus of Control and Internal Migration' in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2019, 79, 1-19.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9535
Published in Journal of Population Economics 2017 30(4): 1093–1134
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9250
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2017, 30 (3), 893-924
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8678
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 4:3, 19 February 2015, doi:10.1186/s40172-014-0017-x.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8588
Published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, 6:6. doi:10.1186/s40172-017-0056-1
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8495
published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, 91, 57-72.