PhD (Curtin University)
BCom Econ (Hon) (Curtin University)
Welfare and income tax policy evaluation, gender equality, education inequality, and labour markets
Richard is a Research Fellow with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. One of Richard’s primary roles at the Centre is the development of an income tax and transfer payments microsimulation model, The Evaluation Model for Incomes and Taxes in Australia (EVITA). Richard has 10 years’ experience working as a researcher in labour market economics. Prior to joining the Centre, he worked as a researcher for the Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR) at Curtin University. He has also worked for the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education as a researcher.
Richard is proficient in a broad range of applied economic techniques and quantitative methods which are relevant to addressing policy issues. These include microsimulation modelling of taxation, transfer payments and the labour market; econometric analysis; analysis of big data sets; and database and software design, development and implementation. His principal areas of research include welfare and income tax policy evaluation, gender equality, education inequality, and labour markets.
He has worked on a number of research reports and projects including an Econometric Analysis of Completion Rates for Probationary Apprentices for the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development; augmenting and maintaining the WA Shares Model and the WA Shares Model Future Skills Model for the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development; Gender Pay Differentials in Low Paid Employment research project for the Australian Fair Pay Commission; a report on Pay Equity in Victoria for the Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development; and WA Labour Market Forecasting and Data Projections research project for the Western Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet. He has also recently completed his PhD, which investigated gender differences in the promotion of female and male academics.