Research

academic publications

Cassells, R., Risse, L., Wood, D. and Yengin, D. (2022) Lifting diversity and inclusion in economics: How the Australian Women in Economics Network put the evidence into action, Economic Papers https://doi.org/10.1111/1759-3441.12367

Risse, L. and Jackson, A. (2021) A gender lens on the workforce impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 24(2): 111-144.

Risse, L. (2020) Leaning in: Is higher confidence the key to women’s career advancement? Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 23(1): 43-78.

Hoffman, A.O.I. and Risse, L. (2020) Do good things come in pairs? How personality traits help explain individuals’ simultaneous pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and financially responsible behavior. Journal of Consumer Affairs 54(3): 1082-1120.

Risse, L. (2019) Economics and gender equality: A lens from within Capitalism and Society 14(1): 1-38 (Direct link via WAPPP website)

Mahadevan, R. and Risse, L. (2019) Are seniors today different from seniors a decade ago? International Journal of Hospitality Management 83: 128-131.

Risse, L., Farrell, L. and Fry, T.R.L. (2018) Do gender gaps in confidence explain gender gaps in wages? Oxford Economic Papers 70(4): 919-949.

Mishra, A., Ray, R., and Risse, L. (2018) How does child disadvantage change with age? An analysis of Australian children Journal of Human Capabilities and Development 19(4): 477-498.

Mishra, A., Ray, R. and Risse, L. (2017) A multidimensional dynamic measure of child disadvantage: A methodological tool for policymakers Social Indicators Research 139: 1187-1218.

Farrell, L., Fry, T.R.L. and Risse, L. (2016) The significance of financial self-efficacy in explaining women’s personal finance behaviour Journal of Economic Psychology 53: 85-99.

Risse, L. (2010) “And one for the country” The effect of the Baby Bonus on Australian women’s childbearing intentions Journal of Population Research 27(3): 213-240.

Risse, L. (2006) Does maternity leave encourage higher birth rates? An analysis of the Australian labour force Australian Journal of Labour Economics 9(4): 343-370.


Academic theses

Risse, L. (2008) An Economic Analysis of Maternity Leave Provisions in Australia, PhD Thesis, School of Economics, University of Queensland. Advisors: Professor John Mangan, Associate Professor Philip Bodman, and Dr Gareth Leeves. Examiners: Professor Marian Baird (University of Sydney) and Professor Andrew Leigh (Australian National University)

Risse, L. (2007) Which workers have access to maternity reave in Australia?, Paper presented at the Annual Research Conference, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of Queensland, 17 September (Awarded Best Paper by a PhD Student)

Risse, L. (2006) Determinants of maternity leave provisions in Australia and the effects on fertility: An application of the Heckprobit selection model Paper presented at the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) Methodology Conference, HILDA Stream, University of Sydney, 10−13 December

Risse, L. (2002) Determinants of women’s labour force participation in Queensland, Honours Thesis, School of Economics, University of Queensland


conference presentations

‘Expanding diversity and inclusion in economics: What is proving to work’, Panel presentation and discussion, Australian Conference of Economists (Hobart 2022)

‘A gender lens on the workforce impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia’, Co-authored with Angela Jackson, Australian Conference of Economists (Hobart 2022)

‘Lifting diversity and inclusion in economics: How the Australian Women in Economics Network put the evidence into action’, Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance and Central Banking, US Federal Reserve (Virtual 2021)

‘Falling short of potential: Using stochastic distance functions to analyse gender differences in workforce outcomes as a matter of inefficiency’ Australian Gender Economics Workshop (Virtual 2021)

‘Leaning in: Is higher confidence the key to women’s career advancement?’ American Easterns Economics Association Meeting (Boston 2020)

‘Distance from the frontier: Gender differentials in forgone potential in the labour force’ Australian Conference of Economists (Melbourne 2019) 

‘How do differences in men’s and women’s personality profiles affect their job promotion prospects?’ Australian Gender Economics Workshop (Fremantle 2018)

‘Personality and promotion: Exploring gender differences in the labour market returns to confidence’ Australian Conference of Economists (Canberra 2018)

‘Are confident women rewarded as much as confident men?’ European Society of Population Economics Conference (Antwerp, Belgium 2018)

‘Are confident women rewarded as highly as confident men?’ Australian Labour Market Research Workshop (Adelaide 2018) 

‘A multidimensional dynamic measure of child disadvantage: A methodological tool for policymakers’ Workshop on Indigenous Wellbeing, Monash University (Melbourne 2018)

‘How does child disadvantage change with age? An analysis of Australian children’ Centre for Social Data Analytics Workshop on Child Wellbeing (Auckland 2018)

‘Applying stochastic frontier analysis to examine gender differentials in labour market outcomes’ Australian Labour Market Research Workshop (Canberra 2017)

‘Do gender gaps in confidence explain gender gaps in wages?’ Australian Conference of Economists (Sydney 2017)

‘Do gender gaps in confidence explain gender gaps in wages’ Asian and Australasian Labour Economics Society Conference (Canberra 2017)

‘Applying stochastic frontier analysis to examine gender differentials in labour market outcomes’ Australian Labour Econometrics Workshop (Sydney 2017)

National Longitudinal Data Conference (Canberra 2016)


seminar presentations

Lifting diversity and inclusion in economics: How the Australian Women in Economics Network put the evidence into action Presentation for ‘Commemorating 5 years of WEN’s initiatives, impact and inspiration’, Women in Economics Network Webinar (Virtual 2022)

‘Economic evidence for closing gender gaps’, Economics Seminar, University of Wollongong (Virtual 2021)

‘Biases and barriers to reaching labour market potential: Applying distance functions to analyse gender differences in workforce outcomes’, Economics Seminar, University of Tasmania (Virtual 2021)

‘Gender Responsive Budgeting and policies for equitable growth’, New Directions in Economic Policy Seminar Series, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (Virtual 2021)

‘What works to close gender gaps in the workforce? Navigating the economic evidence to convert research into action’, Economics Network Seminar Series, ACCC, Australian Government (Virtual 2021) 

‘What works to close gender gaps? Collating the economic evidence to navigate a path towards gender equality’, University of South Australia (Adelaide 2021) 

‘Policy Down Under: Do gender gaps in personality explain gender gaps in pay and promotion?’ Women and Public Policy Program & Australia-New Zealand Student Caucus, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Boston 2019)

‘Can gender gaps in labour market outcomes be explained by gender differences in personality?’ Productivity Commission, Australian Government (Melbourne 2019) 

‘Personality and job promotion: Are confident women rewarded as much as confident men?’ Economics Seminar, Monash University (Melbourne 2018)

‘Applying stochastic frontier analysis to examine gender differentials in labour market outcomes’, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (Melbourne 2018)

‘Climbing the career ladder: The links between personality traits and promotion’ School of Economics, University of Adelaide (Adelaide 2018)

‘Exploring gender differences in labour market outcomes using stochastic frontier analysis’ School of Economics, University of Queensland (Brisbane 2018) 

‘Climbing the career ladder: The links between personality traits and promotion’, Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University (Canberra 2017)


GRANTS AND AWARDS

‘Women in the Security Industry’, Awarded by the Australian Signals Directorate, Partnership with RMIT Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation and the Australian Women in Security Network (Chief Investigators: Matt Warren, Maria Beamond, Joanne Hall, Leonora Risse, Lena Wang) (2022-2023)

‘Creation of Gender Equality Evidence Hub’, Strategy Capability Deployment Fund, RMIT University (Team: Leonora Risse, Ankita Mishra, Lena Wang) (2022)

‘Sri Lanka Australia: Building Better Networks for Gendered Economic Development Program’, Awarded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Partnership with the Australian APEC Study Centre and RMIT University (Chief Investigators: Marian Baird, Alberto Posso, Ankita Mishra, Leonora Risse, Aaron Soames) (2021-2023)

WLIA Research Fellowship, Seed Funder and Industry Partnership for Creation of Gender Equality Evidence Hub, Awarded by Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and Trawalla Foundation (2021-2022)

Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Awarded by RMIT University (2017–2019)

Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust, Small Grants Program, Industry partnership for Australian Gender Economics Workshop (2019)

Ian Potter Foundation, Conference Grant for International Keynote Speaker, Industry partnership for Australian Gender Economics Workshop (2019)

Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Queensland (2003)

University Medal for Economics Honours, University of Queensland (2003)


Papers in progress

Distance from the frontier: Gender differences in workers’ forgone potential in the labour market

A framework for understanding awareness of implicit gender bias as an evolutionary process (Co-authored with Siri Chilazi and Sebawit Bishu)


book reviews

Risse, L. (2019) Review of Tax, Social Policy and Gender: Rethinking Equality and Efficiency by Stewart, M. (ed.), Economic Record 95 (310): 397-399


Moderating the panel discussion on the “Economics of Diversity” at the 2019 Australian Conference of Economists, with Dr Victor Sojo Monson (University of Melbourne), Felicity Emmett (ANZ), Professor Ross Guest (Griffith University), Dr Jacqui Dwyer (RBA) and Professor Gail Pacheco (Auckland University of Technology) 
With fellow members of the 2018 Australian Gender Economics Workshop Organising Committee, Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells, Professor Alan Duncan, Associate Professor Astghik Mavisakalyan and Analena Gilhome, alongside keynote speaker Professor Alison Booth