Peter Siminski is Associate Professor at the School of Economics, University of Wollongong. He is an applied microeconomist. His research is in health economics, labour economics, poverty and inequality, with a particular focus on evaluating the effects of Australian government policies on economic outcomes and behaviors.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2012.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11020
Chelsea Murray, Robert Clark, Silvia Mendolia, Peter Siminski

We present the first Australian estimates of intergenerational mobility that draw on direct observations of income from two generations. Using panel data for three birth cohorts of young adults from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Australia survey, the estimated intergenerational income elasticity is 0.28. Correcting for attenuation bias raises...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9917
published in Economics of Education Review 59 (2017), 1-12

We seek to quantify the role of education as a mechanism through which family background affects earnings. To this end, we propose a generalisation of statistical 'mediation analysis'. In our approach, the treatment and mediator can be multidimensional. This allows us to directly and flexibly account for a range of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9725
Alex Cousley, Peter Siminski, Simon Ville

The effects of military service have been studied for decades, but surprisingly few studies have estimated the effects of World War II (WW2) service, where the focus has been on the impact of this 'total war' on the broader civilian population. Over 90% of Australian males born in the early...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9700

This paper considers the degree to which events that intensify partying increase sexual assault. Estimates are based on panel data from campus and local law-enforcement agencies and an identification strategy that exploits plausibly random variation in the timing of Division 1 football games. The estimates indicate that these events increase...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9696
published in: Economics of Education Review, Volume 55, December 2016, Pages 57-69, online available

While randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the "gold standard" for impact evaluation, they face numerous practical barriers to implementation. In some circumstances, a randomized-encouragement design (RED) is a viable alternative, but applications are surprisingly rare. We discuss the strengths and challenges of RED and apply it to evaluate a mature...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9394
published online in: Economic Record, 2016, 92 (298): 361-373.

We present new estimates of intergenerational earnings elasticity for Australia. We closely follow the methodology used by Leigh (2007), but use considerably more data (twelve waves of HILDA and four waves of PSID). Our adjusted estimates are intended to be comparable to those for other countries in Corak (2013). Our...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8852

This paper estimates the long-term health effects of Vietnam-Era military service using Australia's National conscription lotteries for identification. Our primary contribution is the quality and breadth of our health outcomes. We use several administrative sources, containing a near-universe of records on mortality (1994-2011), cancer diagnoses (1982-2008), and emergency hospital presentations...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7930

A large literature has documented significant public health benefits associated with the minimum legal drinking age in the United States, particularly because of the resulting effects on motor vehicle accidents. These benefits form the primary basis for continued efforts to restrict youth access to alcohol. It is important to keep...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7152
Peter Siminski, Simon Ville, Alexander Paull

Combat is the most intense form of military service, but several aspects of the training experience, which explicitly prepares people for violent warfare, are hypothesized to link service to violent crime. Using Australia's Vietnam-era conscription lotteries for identification and criminal court data from Australia's three largest states, we seek to...