PROF Abigail Payne

PROF Abigail Payne


  • Economics of Education (student performance, school performance)
  • Law and Economics, Political Economy
  • Public Economics (charities, charitable giving)



  • Professor Payne is the Director of the leading Australian institute on applied economic and social research. The Institute has a team of more than 50 academic researchers that are engage in research on various microeconomic and macroeconomic topics including health, labour, education, housing, social disadvantage, macro, and public econmics Professor Payne moved to Australia from North America where she previously held positions in Canada and the US. Her educational training was in the US. Her PhD is from Princeton and her law degree is from Cornell. Professor Payne’s own work focuses on empirical public economics issues with a focus on how government policy affects spending and performance. Her current research includes projects to understand the motivations of donors, the role of government funding and fundraising on giving, and on the delivery of public services by charities. Professor Payne’s current research in education includes understanding the decision to attend post-secondary education, understanding gender gaps in educational performance, and gender differences in attending post-secondary education and in pursuing degrees in science, technology, and engineering (STEM).   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD and MA, Princeton University 1999
  • JD, Cornell University 1986
  • BA (Hons), Denison University 1983