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David is a Professor in the Centre for Health Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics.

His broad research interests are in health economics, labour economics, and microeconometrics; but he has a particular interest in the economics of mental health and wellbeing, and the economic impacts of people's environment.

His current research is funded by an ARC Discovery Project titled "Microeconomic Impacts of Australian Natural Disasters" (2017-2019) and a Wellcome Trust grant titled "Health and Economic Benefits of Water-Sensitive Revitalisation in Informal Urban Settlements" (2017-2022).

Before joining Monash University in February 2011, David was a senior lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, and before that, a research fellow at University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Melbourne in December 2007.

A list of up-to-date publications can be found at:




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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2009 2018

  • 38 Article
  • 1 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Comment / Debate

Victimisation, wellbeing and compensation: using panel data to estimate the costs of violent crime

Johnston, D. W., Shields, M. A. & Suziedelyte, A. Jun 2018 In : The Economic Journal. 128, 611, p. 1545-1569 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Justification bias in self-reported disability: new evidence from panel data

Black, N., Johnston, D. W. & Suziedelyte, A. 1 Jul 2017 In : Journal of Health Economics. 54, p. 124-134 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle