Rachel Ong ViforJ

Deputy Director

PhD (Murdoch)
BEc (Hons) (Murdoch)

Telephone+61 8 9266 1744
Research Fields

Housing policy, Housing economics, Population ageing, Tax-transfer evaluation, Mature age employment participation, Intergenerational equity

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Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ is Deputy Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Professor of Economics in the Curtin Business School, Curtin University. She oversees the Centre’s Focus on Western Australia report series. Rachel is also currently Editor-in-Chief of the Economic Papers, a journal of applied economics and policy published by the Economic Society of Australia.

Rachel’s research addresses a range of housing policy issues, including the role of housing assets in supporting welfare throughout the life course, intergenerational housing concerns, the dynamics of housing affordability, housing pathways in the 21st century, and the links between housing and the economy.

She has long-standing expertise in the evaluation of tax-transfer reforms. She has conducted numerous policy simulations to shed light on the distributional and government budgetary impacts of potential reforms to both tax and transfer policies.

Rachel also has an established research record in the area of population ageing. She has conducted extensive research into the work disincentives and workforce vulnerabilities of mature age workers, as well as employment and housing decisions in mid to late life.

Rachel has led and conducted numerous projects that are funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Australian Research Council, and government and industry organisations including the Commonwealth Treasury and WA Department of Housing. She has also secured research funding from international sources such as the UK and Canada.

She is currently an Associate Investigator at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. She has been appointed on different occasions to various expert panels including the Commonwealth government’s research panels, AusAID’s research advisory panel and the Economic Society of Australia’s National Economic Panel. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Asia Pacific Network for Housing Research.