James Riady Chair of Asian Economics and Business, and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
Lisa Cameron is the James Riady Chair of Asian Economics and Business and a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She is an empirical micro-economist whose research incorporates the techniques of experimental and behavioural economics so as to better understand human decision-making. Much of her research focuses on policy evaluation - understanding the impacts and behavioural implications of public policy, with a focus on social and economic issues. She is particularly interested in the welfare of disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Most of her research to date has focused on developing countries, particularly Indonesia and China, and she has extensive experience collaborating with international agencies such as the World Bank.
Recent and ongoing projects include: Randomised Evaluations of Large Scale Sanitation Programs; Impacts of Criminalisation of Sex-Work in Indonesia; An Information Intervention for International Migrant Workers; Understanding Gender Inequality in the Indonesian Labour Market; Living with a Disability in Indonesia; and an evaluation of illicit drug user rehabilitation in Indonesia.
Lisa received her PhD from Princeton University in 1996. She is an affiliated professor of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and in 2013 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
Recent work by Lisa Cameron
Poverty, low social capital and low government administrative capacity hinder sanitation improvements, even when the health benefits are clear.
Providing information about the quality of placement agencies improves migration outcomes for job-seeking migrant women
Criminalising sex work in Indonesia led to large increases in sexually transmitted infections among sex workers and likely across the whole population
China’s One Child Policy has profoundly affected demographic trends, the labour market, and savings behaviour in China. Is it also increasing crime?