Garry Barrett

University of Sydney, Australia, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor series provides ready access to the latest research on contemporary labor market developments. Especially valuable is the international perspective provided by the contributions from around the world

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia

Research interest

Labor economics, econometrics, welfare economics, public policy

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Referee for the Australian Research Council; Chair of the Household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey Advisory Panel; Consultant to Commonwealth Department of Social Services (Australia), Human Resources Development Canada and New Zealand Ministry of Social Development


PhD Economics, University of British Colombia, Canada

Selected publications

  • "Labor supply elasticities: Overcoming nonclassical measurement error using more accurate hours data." Journal of Human Resources (2017) (with D. Hamermesh).

  • "The impact of pension eligibility age on retirement and program dependence: Evidence from an Australian experiment." Review of Economics and Statistics 191:2 (2015): 360–373 (with K. Atalay).

  • “Consistent nonparametric tests of Lorenz Dominance.” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 32:1 (2014): 1–13 (with S. G. Donald and D. Bhattacharya).

  • "Food expenditure and involuntary retirement: Resolving the retirement-consumption puzzle." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94:4 (2012): 945–955 (with M. Brzozowski).

  • "Consistent tests for stochastic dominance." Econometrica 71:1 (2003): 71–104 (with S. G. Donald).