Xiaodong Gong got his bachelor's degree in management science at Fudan University, Shanghai, in 1989 and his master's in economics at Renmin University, Beijing, in 1993. He stayed at Renmin as a lecturer before starting his doctoral studies in econometrics at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His main research interest is in the microeconomic modelling of individual behaviour and in the application of advanced econometric techniques, in particular, to the problems in the labor market and consumer demand.

In September 2000 Xiaodong Gong joined IZA as a Research Associate. Since moving to Australian National University in November 2001, he has continued to keep close ties to IZA as a Research Fellow. Currently, Xiaodong is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at NATSEM, University of Canberra.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10785

We study the dynamics of study-work choices of Australian high school students and how these choices affect intended and actual enrolment in universities when they finish their school education. A dynamic random effect multi-equation model is constructed and estimated. We find that study-work choices are state dependent, driven by student...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9295

The paper analyses the arbitration of dismissal disputes by Australian labour courts over a 15 years' time span characterized by two major legal reforms to unfair dismissal statutes. We isolate two channels by which we think the social values of the Federal government affected the decisions of the courts: (i)...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9265

This paper is motivated by our attempt to answer an empirical question: how is private health insurance take-up in Australia affected by the income threshold at which the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS) kicks in? We propose a new difference de-convolution kernel estimator for the location and size of regression discontinuities....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7574

In this paper, we investigate the response of female lone parents to two reforms to the welfare system in Australia. We look at changes to both hours and participation and focus on the channels of adjustment, in particular the role of job changes for adjustment in hours. We highlight the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6606

We evaluate price subsidies and tax credits for child care. We focus on partnered women's labor supply, household income and welfare, demand for formal and informal child care and government expenditure. Using Australian data, we estimate a joint, discrete structural model of labor supply and child care demand. We introduce...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5119
Xiaodong Gong, Robert Breunig, Anthony King
published as 'Partnered Women's Labour Supply and Child Care Costs in Australia: Measurement Error and the Child-Care Price' in: Economic Record, 2012, 88, 51-69

The degree of responsiveness of Australian women's labour supply to child care cost has been a matter of some debate. There is a view that the level of responsiveness is very low or negligible, running counter to international and anecdotal evidence. In this paper we review the Australian and international...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4816
published as 'The Added Worker Effect for Married Women in Australia' in: Economic Record, 2011, 87 (278), 414-426

This paper investigates both the added worker effect (the labour supply responses of women to their partners' job losses) and the discouraged worker effect (workers withdrawing from the labour market because of failed searches) for married women in Australia, with the emphasis on the former. We focus on the partners’...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1773
published in: Economic Record, 2008, 84(267), 466-485

We study the work hours of Australian couples, using a neoclassical labour-supply model in which couples choose from a small, realistic set of possible wife-husband working hour combinations We introduce three improvements to this standard model. First, we allow partners' preferences about non-market time to be correlated. We also correct...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1624
published in: Review of the Economics of the Household, 2007, 5 (1), 59-82

We use unique data in which both partners report about household finances to demonstrate that there is often disagreement about whether the household has experienced financial difficulty in the past year. Four alternative explanations for this disagreement are tested using the data. The results indicate that disagreement may be related...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1448
Xin Meng, Xiaodong Gong, Youjuan Wang
published as 'Impact of Income Growth and Economic Reform on Nutrition Availability in Urban China: 1986–2000' in: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2009, 57 (2), 261-295

Although urban China has experienced a rapid income growth over the last twenty years, nutrition intake for the low income group declined in the 1990s. Does this imply a zero or negative income elasticity for the low income group? This paper examines this issue using large representative sample of repeated...

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