BEc (Hons) (ANU), MA (Economics), PhD (Economics) (Rice)


Jenny Williams is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. She is a leading empirical health economist and international expert in the area of the economics of risky behaviours, especially illicit drug use and crime.

2012 - present: Professor, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne

2009 - 2011 : Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne

2004 -2008: Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne

2003 – 2004: Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne

2000 - 2001: Visiting Research Specialist, Health Policy and Research Center, University of Illinois at Chicago. 

2000- 2001: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago

1996- 2002: Lecturer, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.

Membership: Australian Health Economics Society, American Economic Association; 


2014:  Best Discussant Award, PhD Conference, Monash University.

Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn.

2008-2009: Visiting Fellow, Economics, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU

2004:  Outstanding Lecturer B Award, Faculty of Economics and Commerce.

2001:  Best paper in the Economic Record

2001:  John Nuveen International Scholar Award, University at Chicago.

1991-1996: Rice University Fellowship

1989:  Department of Prime Minister and Cabbinet Cadetship.

1. Williams, J. and Bretteville Jensen, A. (2014), “Does Liberalizing Cannabis Laws Increase Cannabis Use?” Journal of Health Economics, 34(4): 20-32.

2. Van Ours, J.C., Williams, J. Fergusson, D. and Horwood L.J (2013), "Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation.", Journal of Health Economics , 32(3): pp. 524-537

3. Van Ours, J and Williams, J (2012). "The Effects of Cannabis Use on Physical and Mental Health" Journal of Health Economics, 31(4) : pp. 564 - 577.

4. Frijters, P., Shields, M., Wheatley Price, S. and Williams, J. (2011) "Quantifying the Cost of Passive Smoking on Child Health: Evidence from Children’s Cotinine Samples.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A 174(1): 195-212

5. Cameron, L.A. and Williams J. (2009), “Is the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Health Stronger for Older Children in Developing Countries?” Demography, 46(2): 303-324