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).
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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..
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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)