Sydney Development Economics Group

Our group connects Sydney-based researchers interested in development economics. We hold workshops three to four times a year that include presentations of recent research. 

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Upcoming workshop

Date: Thursday, 14th September 2023

Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: UTS Business School, CB08.04.011 (level 4, room 011)

Registration: To help with catering, please email Esther Mirjam until Monday, 11 September if you plan to attend. 

(But feel free to come along even if you didn't sign up.)


2:00-2:10: Coffee break and Welcome

2:10-2:40: "Digital Cash Transfers Can Accelerate the Adoption and Sustained Use of Mobile Money" (Matthew Olckers, UNSW)

2:40-3:10: "Failure to Adopt International Laws: Exploring the Impact of the Child Rights Act in Nigeria" (Ali Vergili, UTS)

3:10-3:25: Funding opportunities for development economics researchers in Australia (Russell Toth, University of Sydney)

Coffee Break

3:45-4:00: Lightning talk: "Tax Capacity and Tax Efforts in the ACI Nations: Historical Evidence of Efficiency Effects from a New Panel Data Stochastic Frontier Model" (Partha Gangopadhyay, Western Sydney University)

4:00-4.30: "Household Resources and Investments in Children's Higher Education: The Role of Intra-Household Bargaining" (Tung Dang, University of Sydney)

4:30-5:00: "HeforShe: Bargaining Power, Parental Beliefs and Investment in Children" (Adeline Delavande, UTS)

5:00: Concluding remarks

Organised and hosted by Esther Mirjam Girsberger at UTS Business School. 

Past workshops

30 March 2022 - UNSW Sydney


Lightning Talks

Organised by Ashani Amarasinghe and hosted by Fanghua Li and Gautam Bose.

1 December 2022 - University of Sydney


Organised by Ashani Amarasinghe and hosted by Shyamal Chowdhury

29 September 2022 - University of Sydney


Organised by Matthew Olckers and hosted by Shyamal Chowdhury


We have organised workshops since 2019  thanks to contributions from the following researchers: