Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
Associate Editor, Migration and ethnicity

University of Sydney, Australia, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Associate Editor

Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia

Research interest

Labor economics, behavioral economics, social and economic disadvantage, family economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chief Evaluator, Cape York Interventions, Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs (2011–2013); Longitudinal Survey Advisory Group (2009); Department of Employment and Workplace Relation’s (DEWR) Economic Advisory Group (EAG) (2007–2008); Panel of Evaluation Experts, Australian Department of Family and Community Services (2000–present)

Past positions

Director, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor of Economics, RSSS, Australian National University, Australia; Associate Director, RSSS, Australian National University, Australia; Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Illinois State University, USA


PhD, University of Michigan, 1990

Selected publications

  • “Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies.” Review of Economics and Statistics (Forthcoming) (with M. Caliendo and A. Uhlendorff).

  • “Two Economists’ Musings on the Stability of Locus of Control.” Economic Journal 123:570 (2013): F358–F400 (with S. Schurer).

  • “The Wealth of Mexican Americans.” Journal of Human Resources 41:4 (2006): 841–868 (with V. Hildebrand).

  • “Immigration Policy and the Skills of Immigrants to Australia, Canada, and the United States” Journal of Human Resources 38:1 (2003): 192–218 (with H. Antecol and S. Trejo).

  • “Immigrant Selectivity and Wages: The Evidence for Women." American Economic Review 83:4 (1993): 986–993.