Why economists need a strong voice around data access and analysis

Please join us for October's Professional Development seminar to hear from Professor Abigail Payne on why economists need a strong voice around data access and analysis.

Professor A Abigail Payne

Director and Ronald Henderson Professor  Melbourne Institute

Professor A. Abigail Payne is the Director of the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research and the Ronald Henderson Professor of Economics. Professor Payne holds a PhD from Princeton University, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) from Denison University.

Professor Payne has a longstanding research interest in empirical public economics issues with a focus on how government policy affects spending and performance. Her work emphasises the importance of the role of government funding and fundraising on giving, on the delivery of public services by charities, and how tax policy impacts charitable giving. Her scholarship demonstrates how best to use big data for economic research and the issues involved in accessing and using these data. She is actively involved in Australian economic and social policy as a member on multiple State and Commonwealth Government and University of Melbourne committees. Internationally she is a member of the European cross-disciplinary Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC); is/has been a member of organisational boards in the US and continues to make a significant contribution to research in collaboration with researchers around the world on economic and social issues.