David Ribar is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Much of his research focuses on issues associated with poverty. He is a co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal, member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household, and a member of the European Society for Population Economics council. He received the 2002 Kuznets Prize from the Journal of Population Economics for his article on the consequences of young women's childbearing. He was previously a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The George Washington University, and Penn State University and has served as a research fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau and as a research analyst at the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2003.