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Michelle Rendall is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and a CEPR research fellow.  Her research in macroeconomics focuses on human capital, labour and gender issues. Her research in labour economics focuses on early childhood education, peer effects, and gender inequities.  She has published in the Economic Journal, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Review of Economic Dynamics and World Development. Her research has been cited in Business Insider and Bloomberg. In July 2014 she received the ZUNIV “Fonds zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses” research grant.  In 2020 she received an ARC Discovery Grant to study talent mismatch using Australian administrative tax records.

Michelle has taught courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  More specifically, she has taught the PhD core Macroeconomics course at Monash University; the PhD core Macroeconomics course, a PhD Math course, and a Masters course on Economics Growth at the University of Zurich; and a PhD Macroeconomics Labour course and Undergraduate Economic Growth at the University of Oslo.

Prior to joining Monash University, Michelle was an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich and the University of Oslo. She obtained her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Research interests

  • Macroeconomics (Human Capital, Family, Inequality, and Growth)
  • Labour Economics (Education and Peer Effects)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (United Kingdom)

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