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Dr Andrés Villegas

PhD Actuarial Science, Cass Business School, City University London; MSc Industrial Engineering, University of Los Andes; BSc Mathematical Engineering, Eafit University

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Mortality modelling
  • Longevity risk management
  • Pension fund design
  • Financial and actuarial applications of optimisation technique
Dr Bei Lu

PhD in Economics, University of New South Wales; MBA, University of South Australia

Current appointment: Postdoctoral Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Pension economics
  • Labour economics
  • Economic modelling

 

Benjamin Hsu

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of Sydney

Dr Cathy H. Gong

BS Economics, Renmin University China; MS Public Policy, GRIPS Japan; PhD Economics, ANU

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: Australian National University

Research interests:

  • Income inequality and income mobility
  • Labor market and its impact on lifetime wellbeing
  • Life course wellbeing and transition
  • Microsimulation modelling

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Dr Diane Hosking

PhD in Psychology, University of Adelaide; Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) University of Adelaide; BA, Australian National University

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: Australian National University

Research interests:

  • Healthy ageing
  • Cognitive health outcomes in older individuals
  • Lifetime dietary patterns

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Dr Elena Capatina

MA & PhD in Economics, University of Toronto, BA Economics, University of British Columbia

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Labor Economics

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Dr George Kudrna

PhD in Economics, University of Sydney, MA Economics, TUL Czech Republic

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Pension economics
  • Economic modelling
  • Computational macroeconomics

 

Dr Jennifer Alonso Garcia
PhD Actuarial Science, Université Catholique de Louvain, MPhil Actuarial Science, Université Catholique de Louvain Lic. Mathematics, University of Oviedo

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Notional (Non-Financial) Defined contribution pension schemes
  • Retirement income
  • Portfolio optimization
  • Option pricing
Dr Katja Hanewald

MSc PhD Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Current appointment: Senior Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Financial risk management for pension plans and life insurers
  • Design, pricing and risk management of retirement financial products, incl. equity release products
  • Stochastic risk models for mortality, house prices and macroeconomic variables
  • Optimal risk management decisions of households facing longevity risk and financial risk
  • Demographic change in China

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Dr Meimanat Hosseini Chavoshi

MA in Population Studies and PhD in Demography, Australian National University, BS in Public Health, Isfahan University

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: Australian National University

Research interests:

  • Fertility
  • Family planning and reproductive health
  • Abortion
  • Ageing
  • Population projections

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Dr Olena Stavrunova

MArts in Economics, PhD

Current appointment: Research Fellow, Lecturer in Economics, Associate Member, Centre for the Study of Choice, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
 

Location: University of Technology Sydney

Research interests: Bayesian Econometrics, Health Economics and Labour Economics

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Rafal Chomik

BCom, UWA; DipModLang, UWA; MSc Economics, London Met

Current appointment: Senior Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Static micro-simulation
  • Poverty measurement
  • Pension policy development

 

Dr Ralph Stevens
PhD Econometrics, Tilburg University, CentER Graduate School; MPhil Finance, Tilburg University, CentER Graduate School; MSc Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science, Tilburg University; BSc Econometrics and OR, Tilburg University

Current appointment: Senior Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

Ralph's current research focuses on the effect of systematic longevity risk on annuities. It includes managing and measuring systematic longevity risk in a portfolio of life insurance and pension products and the capital reserves for  systematic longevity risk. Prior to joining CEPAR he was a Lecturer in the UNSW School of Risk and Actuarial Studies and is a former student of Tilburg University in the Netherlands as well as a current Netspar fellow.

Timothy Neal

BA, Macquaire; BEcon (Hons), Macquarie; PhD (Econ), UNSW

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Panel data econometrics
  • Income inequality 
  • Choice modelling
  • Microeconomics
  • Computational economics
  • Political economics
Dr Xiangling Liu

BS, MA China University of Mining and Technology, PhD in Economics UNSW

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Applied econometrics
  • Urban economics
  • Housing and Population

 

Dr Xiaodong Fan

PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin, M.S, Economics, University of Wisconsin, M.S, Economics, University of Texas, M.E, Control Theory & Control Engineering, Tsinghua University, B.E, Automation, Tsinghua University

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Labour Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Computational Economics

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Xu Xiao Chun

PhD (Econ) UNSW; BEc (Hons) UNSW

Current appointment: Research Fellow

Location: University of New South Wales

Research interests:

  • Applied macroeconomics
  • Ageing population
  • Housing