Melissa Wong

Research Fellow

Melissa Wong is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of poverty and income inequality as well the application of social policies in developing economies. She is also interested in trade-poverty linkages, interactions between growth and international trade and the effects of trade on human capital accumulation and economic policies. Dr Wong's research skills involve the statistical analysis of survey microdata and aggregate data on poverty and income inequality.

Recent and ongoing research projects include Social Disadvantage and Economic Recession: Promoting Inclusion and Combating Deprivation (ARC Linkage grant), An Analysis of Employment of Poor and Non-poor Aboriginals in Urban Areas during the Global Financial Tsunami: a comparison between Australia and Taiwan (ASSA Joint-bilateral ISL grant), Comparing the Living Standards of Children and Older People Within and Between Nations (ARC Discovery grant), Data Mapping Exercise: Indicators of Wellbeing for Children and Women (Consultancy for UNICEF Malaysia).

Publications

Conference Papers
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Redmond G; Wong ; Bradbury B; Katz I, 2014, 'Intergenerational mobility: new evidence from LSAY data', in 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’: refereed papers, NCVER, Mooloolaba, Queensland, pp. 68 - 75, presented at 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Mooloolaba, Queensland, 10 July 2014 - 12 July 2014, http://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv63419
2014
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2011, 'Measurement and Change in Deprivation and Exclusion in Australia', in Measurement and Change in Deprivation and Exclusion in Australia, Second Peter Townsend Memorial Conference: Measuring Poverty: The State of the Art, University of Bristol, presented at Second Peter Townsend Memorial Conference: Measuring Poverty: The State of the Art, University of Bristol, 22 January 2011 - 23 January 2011
2011
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2010, 'Has the Financial Crisis Affected Australian Attitudes to Poverty and Inequality?', in Has the Financial Crisis Affected Australian Attitudes to Poverty and Inequality?, 2010 Ninth Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, Sydney, presented at 2010 Ninth Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference, Sydney, 06 December 2010 - 07 December 2010
2010
Wong MO, 2007, 'Analysing the impact of trade liberalisation on Vietnam using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model', in Analysing the impact of trade liberalisation on Vietnam using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model, 3rd Development Economics Workshop, University of Sydney, presented at 3rd Development Economics Workshop, University of Sydney, 07 June 2007 - 08 June 2007
2007
Conference Presentations
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Wong MO; Saunders P, 2015, 'Towards a Better Understanding of Child Poverty: Evidence for Australia', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), 28 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
2015
Main G; Wong MO, 2015, 'Youth transitions from education to the labour market in Australia and the UK: Different trajectories and their association with subjective well-being', presented at 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), University of Cape Town, 02 September 2015 - 04 September 2015
2015
Main G; Wong MO, 2015, 'Youth transitions from education to the labour market in Australia and the UK: Different trajectories and their association with subjective well-being', presented at Social Policy Association (SPA) Conference, Belfast Metropolitan College, 06 July 2015 - 08 July 2015
2015
Wong MO; Main G, 2015, 'Youth Transitions in Australia and the UK', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), 28 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
2015
Wong M; Saunders PG, 2009, 'Identifying Disadvantaged Children: Comparing Alternative Approaches', presented at 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, University of Western Sydney, 04 November 2009 - 05 November 2009
2009
Saunders PG; Wong M, 2009, 'Still doing it tough: an update on deprivation and social exclusion among welfare service clients', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 July 2009 - 10 July 2009
2009
Wong MO, 2007, 'Analysing the Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Vietnam using a Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Model', presented at 36th Australian Conference of Economists, Hobart, 24 September 2007 - 26 September 2007
2007
Journal articles
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Craig L; Churchill B; Wong M, 2019, 'Youth, recession, and downward gender convergence: Young people's employment, education, and homemaking in Finland, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States 2000-2013', Social Politics, vol. 26, pp. 139 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxy015
2019
saunders ; Bradbury BW; wong , 2016, 'The growing gap between rich and poor in Australia', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 19, pp. 15 - 32, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=326205872042904;res=IELBUS
2016
Saunders P; Wong M; Bradbury B, 2016, 'Poverty in Australia since the financial crisis: The role of housing costs, income growth and unemployment', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 24, pp. 97 - 112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982716X14650295704614
2016
Saunders PG; Watanabe K; Wong M, 2015, 'Poverty and Housing Among Older People: Comparing Australia and Japan', Poverty and Public Policy, vol. 7, pp. 223 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pop4.110
2015
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2014, 'Locational Differences in Material Deprivation and Social Exclusion in Australia', Australian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 20, pp. 131 - 158, http://anzrsai.org/publications/ajrs/2014-Volume-20/Issue-1/locational-differences-in-material-deprivation-and-social-exclusion-in-australia/
2014
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2013, 'Examining Australian attitudes to inequality and redistribution', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 71, pp. 51 - 75, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=357084817207021;res=IELBUS
2013
Patulny R; Wong M, 2013, 'Poor mothers and lonely single males: The 'essentially' excluded women and men of Australia', Social Policy and Society, vol. 12, pp. 221 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746412000449
2013
Saunders P; Wong M, 2012, 'Estimating the impact of the global financial crisis on poverty and deprivation', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, pp. 485 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2012.tb00262.x
2012
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2012, 'The social impact of the global financial crisis in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 46, pp. 291 - 309, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2011.tb00220.x
2012
Saunders P; Wong M, 2011, 'Using deprivation to assess the adequacy of Australian social security payments', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 19, pp. 89 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/175982711X573969
2011
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2011, 'Pension adequacy and the pension review', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 22, pp. 7 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/103530461102200302
2011
Saunders PG; Wong MO, 2011, 'Using Deprivation Indicators to Assess the Adequacy of Australian Social Security Payments', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 19, pp. 91 - 101
2011
Reports
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Davidson P; Bradbury B; Hill T; Wong M, 2020, Poverty in Australia 2020: Part 1, Overview, ACOSS, Sydney, ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership Report No. 3, http://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Poverty-in-Australia-2020_Part-1_Overview-1.pdf
2020
Davidson P; Bradbury B; Hill T; Wong M, 2020, Poverty in Australia 2020: Part 2, Who is affected?, ACOSS, Sydney, ACOSS/UNSW Poverty and Inequality Partnership Report No. 4, http://povertyandinequality.acoss.org.au/
2020
Saunders PG; Wong M; Bradbury B; Davidson P, 2018, Inequality in Australia 2018, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney
2018
Davidson P; Saunders P; Bradbury B; Wong M, 2018, Poverty in Australia 2018, Australian Council of Social Service and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, 2
2018
Skattebol J; Hill T; Griffiths A; Wong M, 2015, Unpacking Youth Unemployment: Final report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 15/2015, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Unpacking_Youth_Unemployment__Final_report.pdf
2015
Purcal C; Bevan N; Cooper S; Fisher KR; Meltzer A; Wong M; Meyer P, 2014, Self-directed disability support: building people's capacity through peer support and action research, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 7/2014, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Selfdirected_disability_support__building_peoples_capacity.pdf
2014
Keeley M; Katz I; Bates S; Wong M, 2014, Research on youth exposure to, and management of, cyberbullying incidents in Australia Part B: Cyberbullying incidents involving Australian minors, the nature of the incidents and how they are currently being dealt with, Social Policy Research Centre: UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 10/14, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Youth_exposure_to_and_management_of_cyberbullying_in_Australia_Part_B.pdf
2014
Bates S; Smedley C; Wong M; Kayess R; Fisher KR, 2014, Arthritis and disability, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 26/14, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Arthritis_and_Disability_2014.pdf
2014
Saunders PG; Wong , 2013, Analysis of Legal Aid NSW client social exclusion survey data, Legal Aid NSW, 16/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Phase_3_ReportFINAL.pdf
2013
Hilferty F; Muir K; Katz I; Wong M; Eastman C; Gendera S; Griffiths A, 2013, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 1 Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2013
Saunders PG; Wong , 2013, Australia’s progress in the 21st century: pilot program on measuring social progress, 18/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Pilot_Project_ReportFinal.pdf
2013
Saunders PG; Wong , 2012, Promoting inclusion and combating deprivation: recent changes in social disadvantage in Australia, 12/2012, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2012_12_FINAL_REPORT.pdf
2012
Saunders PG; Wong M, 2009, Still doing it tough: an update on deprivation and social exclusion among welfare service clients, Social Policy Research Centre Report, SPRC Report 7/09, https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2009_Report7_09_Still_doing_it_tough.pdf
2009
Harris RG; Robertson PE; Wong MO, 2007, Analyzing Economy Wide Effects of Trade Liberalisation on Vietnam using a Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Model, School of Economics, UNSW, Sydney, School of Economics Discussion Papers No. 2007/24
2007
Theses / Dissertations
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Wong MO, 2008, The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Growth, Poverty and Inequality: A Dynamic Computable General Equilbrium Analysis with an Application to Vietnam
2008
Working Papers
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Saunders PG; Wong M, 2008, Deprivation and other indicators of the living standards of older Australians, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, draft report for FaHCSIA, http://dx.doi.org
2008