I am a PhD student in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University where I research Australian economic history. My panel is John Tang (primary supervisor), Zach Ward and Martine Mariotti and Tim Hatton.
I am a co-founder of Petit Poll, which uses a statistical model to produce Australian political polls from biased samples that we collect ourselves. And I am a consultant at Grosvenor Management Consulting, where I analyse public-sector procurement in Australia and New Zealand.
Outside of university and work I enjoy cycling and running.
A CV can be found here.
PhD (Economics), 2015-Current
Australian National University
Australian National University
B.Economics (Hons), 2004-2008
University of Queensland
Alexander, R., and Ward, Z., ‘Age At Arrival and Assimilation In The Age Of Mass Migration’, The Journal of Economic History, forthcoming.
I analyse Australian Hansard records and government spending to see how much of an impact a government has on government spending.
Understanding who voted for the Federation of Australia, and why the outcome of several critical elections changed, allows us to better appreciate why voters decided to add a level of government when only a couple of generations earlier they insisted on political independence from Britain.
By linking data on Ellis Island arrivals with the 1940 US Census Zach Ward and I estimate the effect of age at arrival for immigrant outcomes in the US.
I start with the names of people born in Tasmania between 1777 and 1899. Using data sources such as parliamentary records and business registration, I classify some as ‘high status’. By comparing the names of that high status group with the names of today’s high status group I can estimate the degree of social mobility in Tasmania.
Consultant, April 2017 – Current
I am employed at Grosvenor to complete a specific project for the European Commission relating to public procurement in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. This has involved: identifying data sources; preparing for data acquisition; supporting the IT team in data acquisition; assisting with data validation; and helping with survey design and follow-up.
Co-founder, May 2016 – Current
As a co-founder of Petit Poll I am responsible for survey design and analysis, as well as marketing and communication. Petit Poll combines non-representative polling data with a hierarchical Bayesian model to cheaply deliver meaningful Australian political polling.
Economist, January 2012 – August 2013; August 2015 – November 2015
The CIE is a privately-owned economic consultancy. I contributed to reports for public- and private-sector clients as part of a small team. Topics included: valuing public sector outputs; housing sector taxation; the global meat market; wheat price elasticities; variations to modern awards; migration; and labor markets.
Director, July 2011 – May 2015
As a co-founder and director of GoCampaign (later GoCatalyze), a data analysis tool, I was responsible for the creation and development of a business as part of a small team. GoCatalyze completed the ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program in 2013 and won the iAward Data Category in 2014. GoCatalyze is now part of GO1.
Cadet/Analyst/Senior Analyst, February 2009 – December 2011
I conducted research on topics related to banknotes, for example an econometrics-based analysis of banknote demand during the financial crisis. I was also responsible for the creation and analysis of datasets, and gave banknote-related presentations to the public.