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Our research

The School of Economics and Finance places the utmost importance on the value of research. We are home to the Centre for Research in Applied Economics (CRAE) and the Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER) cluster, while many of our academics are involved in important research under the auspices of the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre.

Econ Finance Research

Our research centres and clusters represent groupings of research excellence, bringing both academics and research students together across a range of ideas and interdisciplinary studies.

The research we undertake in these areas and others impacts policy and decision-making in many facets of Australia’s business practices. It also greatly enhances our ability to provide topical and innovative lectures and tutorials to students. Academics in the school are involved in contract research and consulting for external organisations, strengthening our business ties and allowing us to deliver industry-leading teaching. This means you’ll receive a relevant and dynamic education that will ensure you’re industry-ready when you graduate.

Our academics have particular expertise in and have contributed significant published works across a wide range of the following areas:

Economics

Our economic research has an applied focus in areas and contributes to the quality of teaching at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Staff undertake research in areas which include labour market performance, particularly as it relates to educational attainment, gender issues, areas of indigenous policy; economic development (with a focus on East Asia and the Middle East); subjective wellbeing; housing studies; taxation, the environment and Australian intergovernmental fiscal relations.

Department members have published widely in prestigious Australian and international peer-reviewed journals, including the Economic Record, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Economic Issues, Ecological Economics, Feminist Issues, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Integration, and more. Many staff members also serve on a range of prestigious editorial boards.

The department has an active PhD program that works to develop forward-thinking research students and ground breaking discoveries in the field of economics. Also helping us to deliver innovative research, a number of our staff members hold Australian Research Council (ARC) discovery grants.

The Department of Economics’ current areas of research focus include:

  • history of economic thought, methodology and heterodox approaches
  • mathematical and quantitative method
  • international economics
  • financial economics
  • public sector economics
  • health, education and welfare
  • labour and demographic economics
  • industrial organisation
  • economic development, technological change and growth
  • regional, real estate and transportation economics
  • macroeconomics
  • energy economics.

Property

A Western Australian leader in property research, the school’s Head of Property Studies, AP Steven Rowley, is also the director of two research institutes that bring together housing research from across the university.The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) is a multi-university research centre largely funded by the federal and state governments. It provides research funding of around $3 million per year to support a range of housing-related projects and research activities focused on informing government policy.

The Housing and Urban Research Institute of Western Australia (HURIWA)  provides consultancy services for a range of projects, bringing together housing expertise from across Curtin. Staff from the Department of Property Studies are also part of the Curtin Sustainable and Affordable Housing group, Centre for Research in Applied Economics, and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Staff from the department have undertaken a range of key research projects. These include a study of housing preferences in the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia conducted for the Department of Housing, Department of Planning, Housing Industry Association, Planning Institute of Australia and Property Council of Australia; housing market dynamics in resource boomtowns; the delivery of diverse and affordable housing on infill development sites; housing stress and household wellbeing in Australia, and more.

The Department of Property Studies works in the following areas of research focus:

  • urban and regional property market analysis
  • housing affordability
  • housing and land market econometric modelling
  • real option pricing
  • planning and development
  • residential and commercial valuation
  • urban regulation and house prices
  • commercial property markets
  • tenant outcomes and satisfaction
  • policy evaluation
  • private rental secto

Econometrics and quantitative modelling

The econometric and quantitative modelling research which is undertaken in the school is highly regarded in Australia. Department members hold a number of prestigious research grants including  Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grants

Our econometrics researchers are regularly published in prestigious international journals including Econometric Theory, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Econometrics, and Journal of American Statistical Association. Some members are also associate editors of various prestigious international journals, including Competition and Regulation in Network Industries (Intersentia), and the International Journal of Management and Network Economics (Inderscience).

Members of the department have conducted contract research or provided consulting services to industry, including the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WA), Commonwealth Grant Commission, Nokia Foundation, and the WA Department of Treasury.

Our areas of research focus include:

  • applied statistics
  • discrete choice modeling
  • financial econometrics
  • forecasting
  • macroeconometrics
  • microeconometrics
  • panel data modeling
  • time series econometrics.

Finance and Banking

The Department of Finance and Banking hosts a small team of scholars focussing on high quality empirical work in:

  • Asset Pricing;
  • Corporate Finance;
  • Quantitative Finance; and
  • Behavioural Finance.

Our work in both Behavioural and Quantitative Finance has a particular focus on asset pricing issues.

The Department’s research is supported through subscriptions to major databases. We subscribe to CRSP, Compustat, and IBES through WRDS. We are a member of SIRCA, and have utilised the Thomson Reuters News Analytics database in a number of studies relating to investor sentiment. We also have access to Datastream and Bloomberg.

In addition to our faculty, we have a number of PhD students working and publishing in our core areas of expertise.

Members of the Department have recently published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.