Lolita Moorena

Lolita Moorena


Research School of Economics

PhD Candidate
Room 2075 Crisp Building, Research School of Economics
Research areas

Intrahousehold decision making, female labor force participation, education, financial inclusion, and migration


Lolita is a PhD candidate from the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University (ANU). Lolita received her master degree in International and Development Economics program from ANU and bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). She previously worked in the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Southeast Asia where she manages and coordinates the implementation of field experiments in urban transportation, digital financial inclusion, and migration. Before J-PAL Southeast Asia, she worked as an economist in the Central Bank of Indonesia where she wrote regional economic analyses and coordinate inflation management team together with the regional government. Currently, besides doing her PhD research projects and tutoring, Lolita is also working as a short term consultant at the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank.

PhD panel

Professor Xin Meng (Chair), Professor Lisa Cameron, and Assoc. Professor Martine Mariotti

Research areas

Labor Economics, Development Economics


ECON 1101 Microeconomics 1 at Semester 1 2023

ECON 2900/4409/8901 Development, Poverty, and Famine at Semester 2 2023 


Journal Article

  • [Upcoming] Moorena, L; Bimahardhika, E. 2024. Disruption to schooling: Evidence from volcano eruptions in Java Island, Indonesia. ADB Institute Working Paper.
  • Hall, M; Muljawan, D; Moorena, L. 2008. Using The Artificial Neural Network to Assess Bank Credit Risk: A Case Study of Indonesia. Applied Financial Economics. Link here

Book Chapter

  • Bendesa, IGK; Moorena, L; Resosudarmo, B. 2017. A Note on Tourism in Bali. in Tourism and sustainable regional development in Indonesia. UNPAD Press. Link here

Policy Report

  • Moorena, L; Rabb, M; Rusdinar, A; Schaner, S; Tangoren, C; Theys; N 2020. Towards Inclusive Digital Finance in Indonesia. J-PAL IFII White Paper. Link here
  • Moorena, L; Schaner, S; Setiabudi, N 2020. Improving Women’s Digital Literacy as an Avenue for Financial Inclusion. J-PAL Website. Link here
  • Moorena, L; Schaner, S; Setiabudi, N 2020. Indonesians are turning to Digital Financial Services during the Covid-19 Pandemic. J-PAL Website. Link here
  • Moorena, L; Schaner, S 2020. Evidence Wrap-up: Digitizing Social Protection Transfers. Available upon request

Scholarship & Research Grants

Scholarship: Indonesian Education Scholarship – Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) (2019)

Research grant : 

  • Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) with the topic of "Increasing the Resilience of Education Systems in Asia and the Pacific" on July 2023 - February 2024

Recordings of Presentation

  • Disruption to schooling preliminary research result on 1 November 2023 in ADBI Tokyo, Japan. Link here
  • Towards inclusive digital finance in Indonesia on 5 December 2020 in J-PAL Southeast Asia Jakarta, Indonesia. Link here