Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Program in Gender and Families at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Professor Cobb-Clark held positions at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Australian National University, Illinois State University, and the US Department of Labor.
Professor Cobb-Clark has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan (1990) and is the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre. She has been Associate Director of the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU and a co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics. An elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Cobb-Clark has also been a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) since 2000. Professor Cobb-Clark is a Chief Investigator and Program Leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course.
Professor Cobb-Clark’s 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. In particular, she leads the innovative Youth in Focus Project which is analysing the pathways through which social and economic disadvantage is transmitted from parents to children in Australia. She has published approximately70 academic articles in leading international journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Research in Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labour Economics.