Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Research Fellow and Program Director

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Cobb-Clark Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark is the Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Ronald Henderson Professor at the University of Melbourne. She also leads the Human Capabilities Researcg Program in the ARC Centre of Excellence on Children and Families Over the Life Course.

She earned a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan (1990) and has held previous positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University.

Professor Cobb-Clark is the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre, has been Associate Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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. In particular, she is currently leading the innovative Youth in Focus Project which is analysing the pathways through which social and economic disadvantage is transmitted from parents to children in Australia. 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 joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2000. Since March 2016 she acts as Program Director of IZA’s research area “Gender and Family”.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
Title
10653  Melisa Bubonya
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
David C. Ribar
The Bilateral Relationship between Depressive Symptoms and Employment Status
10406  Marco Caliendo
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Helke Seitz
Arne Uhlendorff
Locus of Control and Investment in Training
10386  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Biology and Gender in the Labor Market
((Forthcoming in: the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Women DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190628963.013.15))
9879  Melisa Bubonya
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Mark Wooden
Mental Health and Productivity at Work: Does What You Do Matter?
(Published in: Labour Economics, 2017, 46, 150-165. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2017.05.001)
9686  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Nicolas Salamanca
Anna Zhu
Parenting Style as an Investment in Human Development
9600  Marco Caliendo
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Juliane Hennecke
Arne Uhlendorff
Job Search, Locus of Control, and Internal Migration
9535  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Julie Moschion
Gender Gaps in Early Educational Achievement
9250  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Anna Zhu
Childhood Homelessness and Adult Employment: The Role of Education, Incarceration, and Welfare Receipt
((Published in: Journal of Population Economics 2017, 30:893–924: DOI 10.1007/s00148-017-0634-3))
8678  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Locus of Control and the Labor Market
(published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 4:3, 19 February 2015, doi:10.1186/s40172-014-0017-x.)
8588  Melisa Bubonya
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Mark Wooden
A Family Affair: Job Loss and the Mental Health of Spouses and Adolescents
(Published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2017, 6:6. doi:10.1186/s40172-017-0056-1)
8495  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Nicolas Herault
Rosanna Scutella
Yi-Ping Tseng
A Journey Home: What Drives How Long People Are Homeless?
(published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2016, 91, 57-72.)
7837  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Sonja C. Kassenboehmer
Mathias Sinning
Locus of Control and Savings
(published in: Journal of Banking and Finance, 2016, 73, 113-130)
7794  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Sonja C. Kassenboehmer
Trinh Le
Duncan McVicar
Rong Zhang
Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School?
(published in: Education Economics, 2015, 23 (4), 376-395)
7790  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Sonja C. Kassenboehmer
Trinh Le
Duncan McVicar
Rong Zhang
"High"-School: The Relationship between Early Marijuana Use and Educational Outcomes
(published in: Economic Record, 2015, 91(293), 247-266)
7551  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Nikhil Jha
Educational Achievement and the Allocation of School Resources
((Published in Australian Economic Review (2016) Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 251 – 271))
7062  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Barbara Hanel
Duncan McVicar
Immigrant Wage and Employment Assimilation: A Comparison of Methods
6789  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Sonja C. Kassenboehmer
Stefanie Schurer
Healthy Habits: The Connection between Diet, Exercise, and Locus of Control
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 98, 1-28)
6376  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Tue Gorgens
Parents' Economic Support of Young-Adult Children: Do Socioeconomic Circumstances Matter?
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2014, 27 (2), 447-471)
6150  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Mathias Sinning
Steven Stillman
Migrant Youths' Educational Achievement: The Role of Institutions
(published in: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 2012, 643 (1), 18-45)
6042  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Erdal Tekin
Fathers and Youth's Delinquent Behavior
(published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2014, 12 (2), 327-358)
5943  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Stefanie Schurer
The Stability of Big-Five Personality Traits
(published in: Economics Letters, 2012, 115 (1), 11-15)
5831  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Eric Helland
Bias in the Legal Profession: Self-Assessed versus Statistical Measures of Discrimination
(published in: Journal of Legal Studies, 2014, 43(2), 323-357)
5750  Kate H. Choi
Marta Tienda
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Mathias Sinning
Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States
(published in: Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2012, 30 (1), 49-62)
5630  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Stefanie Schurer
Two Economists’ Musings on the Stability of Locus of Control
(published in: The Economic Journal, 2013, 123 (570), F358-F400)
5093  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Do Non-Cognitive Skills Help Explain the Occupational Segregation of Young People?
(published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 21, 59-73)
4985  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Trong-Ha Nguyen
Immigration Background and the Intergenerational Correlation in Education
(published in: Economic Record, 2012, 88 (283), D 554-575)
4907  Juan D. Barón
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Are Young People's Educational Outcomes Linked to their Sense of Control?
4750  Marco Caliendo
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Arne Uhlendorff
Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 97(1), 88-103, Supplementary Appendix available)
4618  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
David C. Ribar
Financial Stress, Family Conflict, and Youths' Successful Transition to Adult Roles
(Published as “Financial Stress, Family Conflict, and Australian Youths’ Transitions from Home and School” in Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 11(4), December (2012), pp. 469 – 490.)
4481  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
Portfolio Allocation in the Face of a Means-Tested Public Pension
(pubished in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2011, 57 (3), 536 - 560)
4464  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Mathias Sinning
Neighborhood Diversity and the Appreciation of Native- and Immigrant-Owned Homes
(published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2011, 41 (1), 214-226)
4289  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Michelle Tan
Noncognitive Skills, Occupational Attainment, and Relative Wages
(published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (1), 1-13)
4095  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Chris Ryan
Anastasia Sartbayeva
Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behavior of Young People
(published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2012, 114 (3), 729–755)
3904  Juan D. Barón
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Nisvan Erkal
Cultural Transmission of Work-Welfare Attitudes and the Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Receipt
(published as 'Welfare Receipt and the Intergenerational Transmission of Work-Welfare Norms' in: Southern Economics Journal, 2015, 82 (1), 208–234)
3874  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Steven Stillman
Emigration and the Age Profile of Retirement among Immigrants
(published as "Return migration and the age profile of retirement among immigrants" in: IZA Journal of Migration 2013, 2:20 [journal version])
3828  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
The Effect of Community-Level Socio-Economic Conditions on Threatening Racial Encounters
(published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2010, 40 (6), 517-529)
3562  Juan D. Barón
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Occupational Segregation and the Gender Wage Gap in Private- and Public-Sector Employment: A Distributional Analysis
(published in: Economic Record, 2010, 86 (273), 227 - 246)
3473  Juan D. Barón
Robert Breunig
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Tue Gorgens
Anastasia Sartbayeva
Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History?
(published in: Journal of Official Statistics, 2009, 25(4), 483-507)
3309  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Leaving Home: What Economics Has to Say about the Living Arrangements of Young Australians
(published in: Australian Economic Review, 41(2),2008, 160-176)
3304  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
The Asset Portfolios of Native-Born and Foreign-Born Households
(published in: Economic Record, 2009, 85(268), 46-59)
2772  Thomas K. Bauer
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
Mathias Sinning
A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap
(published in: Economic Inquiry, 2011, 11 (4), 989-1007)
2647  Heather Antecol
Vanessa E. Barcus
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Gender-Biased Behavior at Work: What Can Surveys Tell Us About the Link Between Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination?
(published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2009, 30 (5), 782-792)
2449  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Steven Stillman
The Retirement Expectations of Middle-Aged Individuals
(published in: Economic Record, 2009, 85(269), 146-163)
2389  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in Local Consumer Markets: Exploiting the Army’s Procedures for Matching Personnel to Duty Locations
(published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2008, 64(2), 496-509)
1948  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
The Portfolio Choices of Hispanic Couples
(published in: Social Science Quarterly, 2006, 87 (5), 1344-1363)
1773  Robert Breunig
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Xiaodong Gong
Improving the Modeling of Couples' Labour Supply
(published in: Economic Record, 2008, 84(267), 466-485)
1636  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Racial Harassment, Job Satisfaction and Intentions to Remain in the Military
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2009, 22 (3), 713-738)
1624  Robert Breunig
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Xiaodong Gong
Danielle Venn
Disagreement in Partners' Reports of Financial Difficulty
(published in: Review of the Economics of the Household, 2007, 5 (1), 59-82)
1380 
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Selection Policy and the Labour Market Outcomes of New Immigrants
(published in: D.A. Cobb-Clark and S. Khoo (eds.), Public Policy and Immigrant Settlement, Edward Elgar 2006)
1211  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Paul Frijters
Guyonne Kalb
Do You Need a Job to Find a Job?
1150  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
The Wealth of Mexican Americans
(published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2006, 41 (4), 841-868)
1149  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Identity and Racial Harassment
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 66(3-4), 529-557)
864  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Chris Ryan
Robert Breunig
A Couples-Based Approach to the Problem of Workless Families
(published in: Economic Record, 2006, 82 (259), 428-444)
674  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Vincent A. Hildebrand
The Wealth and Asset Holdings of U.S.- Born and Foreign-Born Households: Evidence from SIPP Data
(published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2006, 51 (1), 17-42)
628  Robert Breunig
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Yvonne Dunlop
Marion Terrill
Assisting the Long-Term Unemployed: Results from a Randomized Trial
(published in: Economic Record, 2003, 79 (244), 84-102)
620  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Public Policy and the Labor Market Adjustment of New Immigrants to Australia
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2003, 16 (4), 655-681)
619  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
The Changing Nature of Employment-Related Sexual Harassment: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government (1978-1994)
(published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2004, 57(3), 443-461)
575  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Stephen Trejo
Human Capital and Earnings of Female Immigrants to Australia, Canada, and the United States
(published in: Host Societies and the Reception of Immigrants, Jeffrey G. Reitz (ed.), San Diego: Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2003, 327-359)
515  Jeremiah Hurley
Rhema Vaithianathan
Thomas F. Crossley
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Parallel Private Health Insurance in Australia: A Cautionary Tale and Lessons for Canada
379  Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
The Sexual Harassment of Female Active-Duty Personnel: Effects on Job Satisfaction and Intentions to Remain in the Military
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2006, 61 (1), 55-80)
363 
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Heather Antecol
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Stephen Trejo
Immigration Policy and the Skills of Immigrants to Australia, Canada, and the United States
(published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2003, 38 (1), 192-218)
293  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Thomas F. Crossley
Gender, Comparative Advantage and Labor Market Activity in Immigrant Families
(published in: Labour Economics, 2004, 11 (3), 373-393)
290  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Marie D. Connolly
Christopher Worswick
The Job Search and Education Investments of Immigrant Families
(published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2005, 18 (4), 663–690)
289  Lisa A. Cameron
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Old-Age Support in Developing Countries: Labor Supply, Intergenerational Transfers and Living Arrangements
(published as 'Do coresidency and financial transfers from the children reduce the need for elderly parents to works in developing countries?' in : Journal of Population Economics, 2008, 21(4), 1007-1033)
288  Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Getting Ahead: The Determinants of and Payoffs to Internal Promotion for Young U.S. Men and Women
(published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2001, 20, 339-372)
 

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