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 economics.
Professor Payne moved to Australia from North America where she previously held positions in Canada and the US. Professor Payne holds a PhD from Princeton University, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a Bachelor’s Degree (with honours) from Denison University. Professor Payne has a longstanding research interest in empirical public economics issues with a focus on how government policy affects spending and performance. Her work encompasses educational issues such as understanding successful transitions from high school to university, why there are gender gaps in STEM enrollments, and the role of scholarships on university participation, especially those from low income backgrounds. She also studies charitable giving (e.g. what motivates individuals to donate), the role of government funding on service provision, and how tax policy affects giving and the delivery of public services.
Her scholarship demonstrates how best to use big data for economic research and the issues involved in accessing and using these data. She has initiated several key projects in Australia that relate to entrenched disadvantage, charitable giving, educational performance. Professor Payne is actively involved in Australian economic and social policy as a member on multiple State and Commonwealth Government and University of Melbourne committees. Internationally she is a member of the Ifo Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) and a number of boards and co-editorships. She continues to collaborate with researchers around the world on economic and social issues.
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Understanding the Gaps in Postsecondary Education Participation Based on Income and Place of Birth: The role of high school course selection and performance
A Payne, MD Dooley, L Robb
Report | 2017
We use data for a large sample of Ontario students who are observed over five years from their initial entry into high school to s..
Understanding the Gender Gap in University Participation: An Exploration of the Application Behaviour of Ontario High School Students
A Payne, D Card, C Sechel
Report | 2011
High school course selection and the practice of tracking (which divides high school students into academic or applied classes bas..
Understanding the Determinants of Persistence and Academic Success in University: An Exploration of Data from Four Ontario Universities
A Payne, M Dooley, L Robb
Report | 2011
While significant emphasis in Canada has been placed on studying the barriers for access to university, much less has been known a..
School competition and efficiency with publicly funded catholic schools
D Card, MD Dooley, AA Payne
Journal article | 2010 | American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
We study competition between two publicly funded school systems in Ontario, Canada: one that is open to all students, and one that..
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Director, Melbourne Institute
Melbourne Institute Of Applied Economic And Social Research
PhD and MA Economics
BA with Honours (Maths and Economics)