Dr Melissa Wong

Research Fellow
BEcon (Sydney), MCom (UNSW), PhD (UNSW)
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7841
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 243, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Applied Economics
Tags: Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being), Social Structure and Health, Microeconomics

Melissa Wong is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.  Her main research interests are in the measurements of poverty and income inequality as well as the multi-dimensional measures of wellbeing.  Melissa’s methodological expertise is in the statistical analysis of survey microdata, micro-macro linkages and cross-country comparative analysis.  She has undertaken a wide range of projects funded by the Australian Research Council and commissioned from government and non-government organisations.  Recent projects include comparing the living standards of children and older people within and between nations (ARC), material deprivation and social exclusion among young Australians (ARC), constructing indicators of wellbeing for children and women in Malaysia (UNICEF) and unpacking youth unemployment in Australia (Citi Foundation).  In 2015, Melissa has been awarded a fellowship by the Japanese Institute of Labour Policy and Training to carry out a comparative study of youth unemployment in Australia and Japan.  

Research

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

    Journal articles

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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/
    • 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
    • Saunders P;Wong M, 2013, 'Examining Australian attitudes to inequality and redistribution', Journal of Australian Political Economy, vol. 71, pp. 51 - 75
    • 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
    • Saunders P;Wong M, 2011, 'Pension adequacy and the pension review', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 22, pp. 7 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/103530461102200302
    • Saunders P;Wong M, 2011, 'The social impact of the global financial crisis in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 46, pp. 291 - 309
    • 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
    • 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

    Conference Papers

    • 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 - 12 July 2014, http://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv63419
    • 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 - 23 January 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 - 07 December 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 - 08 June 2007

    Reports

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Wong MO, 2008, The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Growth, Poverty and Inequality: A Dynamic Computable General Equilbrium Analysis with an Application to Vietnam

    Conference Presentations

    • 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 - 08 July 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 - 04 September 2015
    • Wong MO;Saunders P, 2015, 'Towards a Better Understanding of Child Poverty: Evidence for Australia', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), 28 - 30 September 2015
    • Wong MO;Main G, 2015, 'Youth Transitions in Australia and the UK', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC), 28 - 30 September 2015
    • 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 - 10 July 2009
    • 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 - 05 November 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 - 26 September 2007

    Working Papers

    • 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

Teaching

HDR Supervision: Melissa Wong is keen to supervise higher degree research students in the following fields: social policy, measurements in poverty and income inequality. 

Affiliations and membership

Economic Society of Australia
Australian Social Policy Association
International Society for Child Indicators

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