Stephen Whelan

University of Sydney, Australia

The great strength of World of Labor is that it is policy relevant—it connects academics and policymakers in a way that enables abstract ideas and research to be communicated in a succinct and meaningful way. That connection is one of the reasons that I was more than happy to contribute

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia

Research interest

Applied economics, public policy, labor market, social policy, social welfare, childcare assistance, housing


PhD Economics, University of British Colombia, 2003

Selected publications

  • “House prices, wealth and consumption: New evidence from Australia and Canada.” Review of Income and Wealth 62:1 (2016): 69–91 (with K. Atalay and J. Yates).

  • “The relationship between intergenerational transfers, housing and economic outcomes.” AHURI Final Report—Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute 250 (2015): 1–78 (with G. Barrett, M. Cigdem, and G. Wood).

  • “On the challenges of doing empirical research in the social sciences.” Social Science and Medicine 114 (2014) 204–206 (with D. Wright).

  • “The decline of the self-employment rate in Australia.” The Australian Economic Review 47:4 (2014) 472–489 (with K. Atalay and W. Kim).