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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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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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
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 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
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
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