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. 4289
published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (1), 1-13
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4095
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (3), 729–755
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3904
published as 'Welfare Receipt and the Intergenerational Transmission of Work-Welfare Norms' in: Southern Economics Journal, 2015, 82 (1), 208–234
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3874
published as "Return migration and the age profile of retirement among immigrants" in: IZA Journal of Migration 2013, 2:20
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3828
published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2010, 40 (6), 517-529
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3309
published in: Australian Economic Review, 41(2),2008, 160-176
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3304
published in: Economic Record, 2009, 85(268), 46-59
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2772
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2011, 11 (4), 989-1007