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Elisabetta Magnani

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Contact Staff

  • Title: Professor
  • Position: Head of Department - Department of Economics

Contact Details

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics: (Yale University)
  • Doctorate in Political Economy: (University of Bologna)
  • Master of Arts in Economics: (Yale University)
  • Laurea, (Summa cum laude) in Political Economy and Economic Statistics (double major): (University of Bologna)

Research grants

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP160101914 "Small firms' finances:effects on employment, wages and growth." Chief Investigator, (2016-2018), $259,000.
  • "Workshop on Emerging Economies (WEE 2015): Building and Strengthening Research Synergies in the Asia-Pacific Region", (co-organizer with Cho (lead), Bose, Chatterjee, Motta, Ouysse), CEPAR-UNSW and Australian School of Business, November 2015 ($10,000)
  • "Intergenerational Solidarity in China: Public and Private Time and Money, Australia-China Science and Research Fund, E. Magnani (Lead, School of Economics and Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing Research, UNSW), J. Piggott (CEPAR, UNSW), Lu Bei (CEPAR, UNSW) ($44,000)
  • "Workshop on Emerging Economies (WEE 2013): Building and Strengthening Re-search Synergies in the Asia-Pacific Region", CIFER-UNSW and Australian School of Business, November 2013, ($5,000)
  • Workshop on Emerging Economies (WEE 2011): Building and Strengthening Research Synergies in the Asia-Pacific Region", 2011 UNSW International Contestable Fund grant application, E. Magnani (Lead), A. Woodland, H. Morita, K. Fox, January 2011,($30,000)
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP0878297 "Ageing in a Developing Country: Understanding intra-household intergenerational resource distribution",Chief Investigator (2008-2010), $167,000
  • "Women, Mothers and Carers: The Intra-Household Resource Allocation Effect of Population Ageing", Chief Investigator, 2006 UNSW Gold Star Award, January-December2007, $30,000
  • "Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP0559431 "The Demand for Older Workers. Technology, Skill and Employment Opportunities", Elisabetta Magnani,Chief Investigator, (2005-2008), $193,000
  • "Understanding the Demand for Older Workers. The Role of Technology on Employment Opportunities", Chief Investigator, UNSW Faculty of Business, Faculty Research Grant, 2004, $16,000
  • "Technology and the boundaries of the firm. Explaining the growth of market mediate demployment arrangements", Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Small Grant Scheme, 2001, $12,000
  • "Exploring the link between economic growth and environmental degradation", Chief Investigator (with Dr. Robert Hill), Special Research Grant, School of Economics,University of New South Wales, 1997, $12,000

Research areas

  • Finance and Labour
  • Labour Markets, Wages and Employment Conditions in a Global Perspectives
  • Labour Market Decisions and intra-Household Effects
  • Economic Inequality and its Relationship with Ecological Discourses
  • Contemporary Continental Philosophy and the Economic Discourse

Publications

journal toggle icon open Refereed Journal Articles

  • Magnani, E., Zhu, R., (2015), "Dispersion, Evolution, Determination: the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital in China during 1990-2000", Applied Economics
  • Magnani, E., (2013), From financing labour to labouring finance: subjectivity in financial times, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 5, no. 2
  • Lahiri, R., and Magnani, E., (2012), Endogenous Skill Heterogeneity and Inflation,Economic Modelling, issue no. 29, pp. 1745-1756
  • Magnani, E., Tubb, A., (2012) "Green R&D, Technology Spillovers and Market Uncertainty. An empirical analysis", Land Economics, November, 88:685-709
  • Rammohan, A., and Magnani E., (2012) "Migration as a response to intra-household risk: evidence from Indonesia", Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 48:3, 399-420
  • Magnani, E., (2012) "Does Outsourcing Crowd Out Older Workers' Training? Evidence from a Matched Employer-Employee Survey." Journal of Productivity Analysis, 38:199-217
  • Magnani, E., and Zhu, R., (2012) "Gender Wage Differentials among Rural-Urban Migrants in China" Regional Science and Urban Economics. Volume 42, Issue 5, Pages779-793, Special issue on "Migration and Development"
  • Magnani, E., (2011) "Environmental protection, inequality, and institutional change"Annals of the New York Academic of Science, Issue: Ecological Economics Reviews,doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05939.x, pp. 197-208
  • Magnani, E., and D. Prentice, (2010) "Outsourcing in US Manufactures: A Tale of Misallocated (Resistance) Resources", Economic Inquiry, Vol. 48, no. 2
  • Magnani, E., and D. Prentice, (2010) "Output Flexibility and Unionization. Evidence from US manufacturing", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 65, no. 4
  • Magnani, E and Rammohan, A., (2009), "The Effect of Elderly Care on Female Labour Supply", Journal of Income Distribution, Volume 18, Number 3-4: September-December 2009, p. 110-130
  • Magnani, E., (2009) "How Does Technological Diffusion Affect Wages and Workers' Mobility?" Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol. 20, no. 1
  • Lahiri, Radhika and Elisabetta Magnani, (2008) "On inequality and the allocation of public spending" Economics Bulletin, Vol. 5, No. 8 pp. 1-8
  • Magnani, E., A. Tubb, (2008) "The Link Between Economic Growth and Environmental Quality: Does Population Ageing Matter?", International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, Vol. 1, no. 2
  • Lahiri, R., and E., Magnani, E., (2007) "Skill Heterogeneity and Inflation", Research Note in International Advances in Economic Research.
  • Magnani, E., A., Rammohan, "Ageing, Health and Intra-household Resource Distribution in the Asian Pacific Region", in Poverty, Poverty Alleviation, and Social Disadvantage: Analysis, Case Studies and Policies, C. Tisdell (ed.), Serials Publications, New Delhi, (2007). University Press, 2005 (April), pp. 147-160.
  • Magnani, E., (2006) "Technological Change and Older Workers' Training", International Journal of Economic Policy Studies, Vol. 1 (October), pp. 45-69.
  • Magnani, E., (2006) "Technological Diffusion, the Diffusion of Skill and the Growth of Outsourcing in US Manufacturing", The Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Vol. 15(7), October, pp. 617-647.
  • Magnani, E., D., Prentice, (2006), "Unionization, Input Flexibility and Cost Efficiency: Evidence from the US Manufacturing Industries", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 59, no. 3 (April), pp. 386-407.
  • Magnani, E., (2006) "Wage and Workers' Mobility Effects of Innovative Activities",The International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 27, no. 2 (May) pp. 169-188.
  • Magnani, E., (2005) "Le prospettive di genere: discipline, soglie e confine", in Women's and Gender Studies and Economics, Raffaella Baccolini (ed.), Bologna: Bononia University Press, (April), pp. 147-160.
  • Magnani, E., (2003) "Sectoral Reallocation, the Productivity Slowdown and Alternative Employment Arrangements", Journal of Productivity Analysis, September Vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 121-142.
  • Magnani, E., D., Prentice, (2003) "Import Penetration, Market Structure and Unionization: Inside the US Manufacturing Sector", Labour Economics, December, pp. 705- 726.
  • Magnani, E., (2003) "Le Politiche del Lavoro nei Paesi Anglosassoni: la Privatizzazionein Australia", (6 pages) Emilia Romagna Lavoro, no. 3 (December), pp. 22-27.
  • Magnani, E., (2002) "Market Volatility, Adjustment of Labor and Wages", Industrial Relations. A Journal of Economy and Society, vol. 41, no. 2, April, pp. 304-28.
  • Hill, R., E., Magnani, (2002) "An Exploration of the Conceptual and Empirical Basis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve", Australian Economic Papers, June, vol. 41, no.2, pp. 239-254.
  • Magnani, E., (2001) "Risk of Labor Displacement and Cross-industry Labor Mobility",The Industrial and Labor Relations Review, April, Vol.54, no. 3, pp. 593-610.
  • Magnani, E., (2001) "Market Volatility and the US Structure of Earnings", Labour,Vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 57-80.
  • Magnani, E., (2001) "The Environmental Kuznets Curve: Development Path or Policy Result?", Environmental Modeling and Software, Vol. 16, pp. 157-165.
  • Magnani, E., (2000) "The Environmental Kuznets Curve, Pollution Abatement Policy and Income Distribution", Ecological Economics, vol. 32, pp. 431-443.
  • Magnani, E., (1990), "Principal-Agent and Implicit Contract Theories: Insurance Against Risk and Risk of Unemployment", Economia Societa' Istituzioni, Luiss, Rome,February.

conference toggle icon open Conferences and Presentations

  • "Firms' Leverage and Human Capital Liquidation. The Experience of Central and Eastern European Economies", Inaugural Conference on Cultural Political Economy, 1st-2nd September, 2015, Cultural Political Economy Research Centre, Lancaster University
  • "Firms' Debt and Labour Adjustments during a Transition. The Experience of Central and Eastern European Economies", "Large scale crises, 1929 and 2008" Conference, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy
  • "Firms' Debt and Human Capital Liquidation: Questioning Human Capital Theory during a Transition to Capitalism", Panel discussion on "Issues of transition", Colloquium Research & Regulation, Paris, June 10-12 2015
  • National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), Flinders University, "Labouring finance: who pays for firms' debt in transitional capitalism?" invited seminar, September 2014
  • "Labouring finance: who pays for firms' debt in transitional capitalism?" Panel on Finance and Labour, Symposium on Heterodox Economics, December 2014
  • "Subjectivities in Financial Times", Presented at the conference Life and Debt: Living Through the Financialisation of the Biosphere, University of Technology Sydney, July 24-25, 2012
  • China Center for human Capital and Labour Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, December 15th 2013 "Dispersion, Evolution and Determination: Intergenerational Transmission of Education in China 1990-2000", The 5th International Symposium on Human Capita and the Labour Market (presented by Rong Zhu).
  • Australasian Development Economics Workshop, June 5th and 6th 2013 "Education and the Household: Educational Transmission in China, 1990-2000"
  • University of Technology Sydney Conference: Life and Debt: Living Through the Financialisation of the Biosphere, Conference presentation: "Subjectivities in Financial Times", July 24-25, 2012
  • World Demographic and Ageing (WDA) Forum Workshop "Ageing, Health and Productivity", Title of the talk "Older Workers' Training Opportunities in Times of Workplace Innovation", October 4-5 2011
  • Invited Public Lecture at the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester, see program http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/clms/research/seminarprogramme?searcht m=labour research , November 23rd, 2011
  • "Competition for Care: the Impact on Children of Elderly Coresidence", 2010 Interna- tional Symposium on Contemporary Labor Economics, the Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, December 11-12, 2010
  • "Competition for Care: the Impact on Children of Elderly Coresidence", Australian Conference of Economists, Sydney, September 2010
  • "Competition for Care: the Impact on Children of Elderly Coresidence", 30th International Association for Research on Income and Wealth, St. Gallen, August 2010.
  • "Competition for Care: the Impact on Children of Elderly Coresidence", Families and Economic Distress Conference, National University of Singapore, June 2010.
  • "The Making of Technologies for Environmental Governance: Subjects, Population and Institutional Change". Ecological Economics, An Approach Towards Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability, October 2009, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India
  • "Migration as a response to intra-household risk: evidence from Indonesia" Population Association of America, Detroit, April 2009, http://paa2009.princeton.edu/ (presented by co-author A. Rammohan)
  • "The Effect of Elderly Care on Female Labour Supply", paper presented at the conference "Income Distribution and the Family", Kiel, September 2008 http://www.bwl.unikiel.de/vwlinstitute/ifs/Conference/conf_start.php
  • "The Effect of Elderly Care on Female Labour Supply", paper presented at the conference at the Far Eastern and South Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (FEMES), Singapore, July 16 - 18, 2008, (presented by co-author A. Rammohan) http://www.economics.smu.edu.sg/femes/2008/programme.asp
  • "Hour Constraints and Training for Older Workers: A Comparison between Australia and Canada Using Matched Employer-Employee Surveys". Canadian Economic Association Meeting, Vancouver, June 2008 http://economics.ca/2008/en/program.php
  • "Migration as a response to intra-household risk: evidence from Indonesia", Paper presented at the Fourth Australasian Development Economics Workshop, ANU, Canberra, June 5-6 2008, http://rspas.anu.edu.au/economics/adew/ADEW2008Program.pdf, (presented by co- author A. Rammohan)
  • "Global Public Goods, Inequality and Institutional Change. Understanding the exoect of demographic trends and labour market institutions on the demand for public environmental protection." presented at the IAREP/SABE Conference "Economics and Psychology", LUISS, Rome, September 2008, http://www.luiss.it/iarep2008/programme/abstractsalphabetical.php
  • "Global Public Goods, Inequality and Institutional Change. Understanding the effect of demographic trends and labour market institutions on the demand for public environmental protection." presented at the Annual ASSA Meeting in New Orleans, January 2008, http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AEA/Annual_Meeting/ASSA08_program.htm
  • "Organizational Change and Older Workers' Training. Evidence from a Matched Employer-Employee Survey" 2007 European Society for Population Economics Con- ference, Chicago, June 14-16, 2007, available at http://web.econ.uic.edu/espe2007/SessionB.htm
  • "Outsourcing and Unionization: A Tale of Misallocated (Resistance) Resources", 2007 International Conference "Institutions and the labour market" organized by ZEW- Centre for European Economic Research, March 30-31, 2007, http://www.zew.de/en/publikationen/dfgflex/workshop_07/Program_Workshop.html
  • "The Effect of Elderly Care on Female Labour Supply", Proceedings of the 5th Inter- national Research Conference on Social Security, Warsaw, March 5-7, 2007, available at http://www.issa.int/engl/reunion/2007/Warsaw/2sessions.htm
  • "The Link Between Economic Growth and Environmental Quality: Does Population Ageing Matter?" Environment: Survival and Sustainability 2007 Conference, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus, Feb. 19-24, 2007, (presented by co-author E. Tubb)
  • "The Effect of Elderly Care on Female Labour Supply", Proceedings of the 35th Australian Conference of Economists, 25-27 September 2006 Curtin University of Technology Perth, Western Australia ISBN: 1 74067 501 0.
  • "On Business Cycle Implications of Models with Human Capital Accumulation", Proceedings of the 35th Australian Conference of Economists 25-27 September 2006 Curtin University of Technology Perth, Western Australia ISBN: 174067 501 0, (presented by co-author R. Lahiri)
  • "Technological Change, Firm's Boundary Changes and Older Workers' Training", 2006 EALE Conference, Prague, September 22-23, Program with full paper available at http://www.eale.nl/conference2006/Saturday%2016.30%20-%2018.30.htm
  • "Outsourcing in US Manufactures: From Labor Organizations to Reorganized Work", Australian Conference of Economists, Papers and Proceedings, Melbourne, September
  • "Outsourcing and Labour: From Labour Organizations to Reorganized Work", XV AISSEC Conference Program November 2006, available at http://www.aissec.unina.it/pages/program.html
  • "Skill Heterogeneity and Inflation", Research Note in International Advances in Economic Research, (2007), 13:393-394, Proceedings to the North Atlantic Economic Association Annual Meeting, Madrid, March 17-18, 2007
  • "Economics as Religion. Notes on the Symbolic Meaning of Economic Growth", The 4th Australian Society for Heterodox Economics Conference, UNSW, December 2005, available at http://she.web.unsw.edu.au/Conference_2005/program.html
  • "Employment and Labor Market Effects of Technological Innovation and Diffusion", in Work 2001 Employment Creation in Development, Papers and Proceedings, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001, pp. 107

Affiliations / activities

  • Member of the American Economic Association
  • Member of the European Economic Association
  • Member of the Society for Ecological Economics
  • Member of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth
  • Member of the International Association of Feminist Economists
  • Member of the Association for Social Economics

Community engagement

  • Economic and Labour Relations Review, Area Editor, 2012-current
  • Director of the PhD Program, School of Economics, UNSW Business School, July 2014-December 2014
  • Australian Research Council, International Assessor, 2005-current.
  • ASB-UNSWEQUIS Accreditation, TeamMember: In June 2010 the ASB was awarded EQUIS accreditation for a full 5 years.
  • ASB-UNSW Accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Team Member, June 2013
  • Vice-President (Academic) of the Economic Society of Australia-NSW Branch, 2010- 2012
  • Speaker in the UNSW Indigenous Business Spring Forum, UNSW, September 2010
  • Members of Head of School Strategic Advisory Committed, School of Economics, UNSW, 2008-2010
  • Member of the Academic Reference Panel for Treasury's Participation Modelling Project, Australian Federal Government, (2006-2009)
  • Director, PhD program, School of Economics, UNSW, 2008-2009
  • Member of the School of Economics Hiring Committee, UNSW (2009)
  • Member of the Faculty Standing Committee, UNSW, 2010
  • Member of the Faculty Higher Education Committee, UNSW, (2008-2009)
  • Participation in the Faculty Mentoring Program for Women in ASB, UNSW (2009).
  • UNSW Business School Promotion Committee Panel member 2012, 2013, 2014
  • External member of the Faculty of Science Promotion Committee, UNSW (2008 and 2009).

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  • Timothy Neal, PhD in Economics, Completed in December 2015, Primary Supervisor
  • Xiaoyun Zhang, PhD in Economics, current, Joint Supervisor
  • Adeline Tubb, PhD in Economics, March 2008-December 2012, Primary supervisor
  • Rong Zhu, PhD in Economics, Completed September 2011, Primary supervisor
  • Phuong Hoang, PhD in Economics, March 2008-December 2012, Primary supervisor
  • Luci Ellis, PhD in Economics, Completed April 2003, Primary supervisor
  • Wahida Yasmeen, PhD in Economics, Completed December 2004, Primary supervisor
  • Jatin Chand, PhD in Economics, Completed December 2005, Joint supervision

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  • Matthew Tsikrikas, Honours Program, Completed December 2010, Joint supervisor
  • Garima Verma, Honours Program, Completed December 2009, Joint supervisor
  • Adeline Tubb, Honours Program, Completed June 2007, Primary supervisor
  • Rajib Hossain, Honours Program, Completed December 2007, Primary supervisor