BA (Michigan State), MA, PhD (Michigan)

Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is Director of the Program in Gender and Families at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Deborah earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan (1990). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, she was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne. She has also held positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University where she was the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre. Her research agenda centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions. She has published more than four dozen academic articles in leading international journals and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics.

  • Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne (2010 - 2016)
  • Head of Economics, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University (December 2006 - January 2008)
  • Associate Director, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University (February 2004 - November 2005)
  • Appointed to the Australian National University (January 1995)
  • Assistant Professor, Illinois State University (September 1991 - June 1997)


Deborah Cobb-Clark, Nicolas Herault, Rosanna Scutella, & Yi-Ping Tseng (forthcoming), “A Journey Home: What Drives How Long People Are Homeless?”, in Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 91, pp. 57-72.


Marco Caliendo, Deborah Cobb-Clark & Arne Uhlendorff (2015), “Locus of Control and Job Search Strategies”, in Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 97(1), pp. 88-103.

Juan D. Barón, Deborah Cobb-Clark & Nisvan Erkal (2015), “Cultural Transition and the Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Receipt”, in Southern Economics Journal, Vol. 82(1), pp. 208-234.

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Sonja Kassenboehmer, Trinh Le, Duncan McVicar & Rong Zhang (2015), “Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School?”, in Education Economics, Vol. 23(4), pp. 376-395.

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Sonja Kassenboehmer, Trinh Le, Duncan McVicar & Rong Zhang (2015), “`High’-School: The Impact of Early Marijuana Use on Educational Outcomes”, in The Economic Record, Vol. 91(293), pp. 247-266.

Deborah Cobb-Clark (2015), “Locus of Control and the Labor Market”, in IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 4:3, 19 February 2015, doi:10.1186/s40172-014-0017-x.


Deborah Cobb-Clark, Sonja Kassenboehmer & Stefanie Schurer (2014), “Healthy Habits: The Connection between Diet, Exercise, and Locus of Control, in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 98, pp. 1 – 28.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Tue Gørgens (2014), “Parents' Economic Support of Young-Adult Children: Do Socioeconomic Circumstances Matter?”, in Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 27(2), pp. 447-471.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Erdal Tekin (2014),Fathers and Youths’ Delinquent Behavior”, in Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 12(2), pp. 327 – 358.

Heather Antecol, Deborah Cobb-Clark & Eric Helland (2014), Bias in the Legal Profession: Self-Assessed versus Statistical Measures of Discrimination”, in The Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 43(2), pp. 323-357.


Deborah Cobb-Clark & Stefanie Schurer (2013), “Two Economists’ Musings on the Stability of Locus of Control” in Economic Journal, Vol. 123(570), pp. F358–F400.

Heather Antecol & Deborah Cobb-Clark (2013), “Do Psychosocial Skills Help Explain Gender Segregation in Young People’s Occupations?”, in Labour Economics, Vol. 21, pp. 59 – 73.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Steve Stillman (2013), “Emigration and the Age Profile of Retirement Among Immigrants”, in IZA Journal of Migration, 2:20 (7 November 2013)


Deborah Cobb-Clark & Trong-Ha Nguyen (2012), “Nativity Differences in the Intergenerational Correlation in Education: The Role of Education Expectations”, in Economic Record, Vol. 88(283), pp. 554 - 575.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & David Ribar (2012), “Financial Stress, Family Conflict, and Australian Youths’ Transitions from Home and School” in Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 11(4), pp. 469 – 490.

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Chris Ryan & Ana Sartbayeva (2012), “Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behavior of Young People”, in Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 114(30), pp. 729-755.

Kate Choi, Marta Tienda, Deborah Cobb-Clark & Mathias Sinning (2012), “Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States”, in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Vol. 30(1), pp. 49 - 62.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Stefanie Schure (2012), “The Stability of Big-Five Personality Traits”, in Economic Letters, Vol. 115 (1), pp. 11 - 15.

Deborah Cobb-Clark, Mathias Sinning & Steve Stillman (2012), “Migrant Youths’ Educational Achievement: The Role of Institutions”, in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 643 (1), pp. 18 – 45.


Deborah Cobb-Clark & Mathias Sinning (2011), “Neighborhood Diversity and the Price Appreciation of Native- and Immigrant-Owned Homes”, in Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 41 (3), pp. 214–226.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Michelle Tan (2011), “Noncognitive Skills, Occupational Attainment, and Relative Wages”, in Labour Economics, Vol. 18(1), pp. 1-13.

Thomas K. Bauer, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Vincent Hildebrand, & Mathias Sinning (2011), “A Comparative Analysis of the Nativity Wealth Gap”, in Economic Inquiry, Vol. 49(4), pp. 989 - 1007.

Deborah Cobb-Clark & Vincent Hildebrand (2011), “Portfolio Allocation in the Face of a Means-Tested Public Pension”, in Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 57(3), pp. 536 - 560.