Lisa Cameron

University of Melbourne, Australia, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Australia

Research interest

Development economics, experimental economics, health economics, labour economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to World Bank, AusAID (now Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Past positions

Director, Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) and Professor, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University, Australia (2010–2017); Department of Economics, University of Melbourne, Australia (1997–2010)


PhD Economics, Princeton University, 1996

Selected publications

  • "China's sex ratio and crime: Behavioral change or financial necessity?" Economic Journal (Forthcoming) (with X. Meng and D. Zhang).

  • "Scaling up sanitation: Evidence from an RCT in Indonesia." Journal of Development Economics 138 (2019): 1–16 (with S. Olivia and M. Shah).

  • Conditional cash transfers: Do they result in more patient choices and increased educational aspirations?" Economic Development and Cultural Change (Forthcoming) (with D. Conteras Suarez).

  • “Little emperors: Behavioral impact of China’s one child policy.” Science 339 (2013): 953–957 (with N. Erkal, L. Gangadharan, and X. Meng).

  • “Propensities to engage in corrupt behavior? Experimental evidence from Australia, India, Indonesia and Singapore.” Journal of Public Economics 93:7–8 (2009): 843–851 (with A. Chaudhuri, N. Erkal, and L. Gangadharan).