Economics; Labour economics; Experimental economics; Behavioural economics; Performing arts and creative writing.
Alison Booth is an Emeritus Professor of Economics and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, the Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, and the Institute for Employment Research in Nürnberg. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Founding Fellow of the European Association of Labour Economists, and recipient of the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Economic Society of Australia. Alison was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association in 2017. While her research interests broadly span labour economics and experimental economics, she is also interested in cultural influences on economic preferences and their impact on economic outcomes, the economics of gender, and imperfect competition and the labour market. Much of Alison’s work has been funded by grants provided by the Australian Research Council Discovery Program, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council. Alison has published in internationally renowned outlets including Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of the European Economics Association, European Economic Review, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation. Alison’s book, The Economics of the Trade Union, was a Princeton University Economics Book of the Year in 1996.
For downloadable research papers and publications see http://ideas.repec.org/e/pbo47.html
2013-2015, CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP130103580. ‘Optimal taxation when the allocation of time matters’. Joint with Maria Racionero and Pierre Pestieau.
2010-2014, CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP1094021. ‘Taxation, family policy and pension reform in an uncertain economy’. Joint with P. Apps, R. Breunig, R. Rees and A. van Soest.
2008-2010, Principal CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0878205 ‘Work-related Training in Australia’.
2005-2008, CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0556740 ‘Modelling the Labour Market and the Impact of the Tax-benefit System on Employment and GDP’. Joint with Profs. P. Apps and R. Rees.
2004 British Government Intellectual Diplomacy Award, The British Embassy, Buenos Aries, Argentina.
2004-2006 Principal CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0449887 ‘Modelling the Impact of Home and Market Productivities on Employment Status, Part-time and Full-time Wages and Household Formation’. Joint with Prof. M. Coles.
Author of five novels addressing social issues in evocative prose.
Currently on the editorial boards of Labour Economics, ILR Review, and Economic Record.
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Alison Booth was President of the European Association of Labour Economists from 2006-2008, headed the ANU's Economics Program RSSS for the period 2008-2009, and was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics from 1999-2004. Booth was President of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) 2006-2008, and became an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. She was Professor of Economics at the University of Essex from 1994 to 2013, holding a joint appointment with the ANU from 2002 to 2013. She held the Fred Gruen Chair of Economics from 2002-2003. In 2019, Booth was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society.