Australian face significant challenges in relation to labour, education and health. Dr Zhu’s economics research focuses on the causal analyses of these important policy-relevant topics.
Rong’s examination of significant social and economic issues is based on large-scale individual-level data and advanced econometric modelling. For example, his recent quantitative research shows that Australia’s ongoing Age Pension reform to increase pensionable ages can lead to unintended adverse consequences when older people are provided financial incentives to retire later.
Dr Rong Zhu’s research has been covered by over 60 national and international media outlets since 2017 and he has written articles for The Conversation. He presented to the World Bank Group on children’s online education and academic outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has prepared several research reports for government and businesses and has provided research support to university and high school students.
Rong completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of New South Wales. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the College of Business, Government and Law at Flinders University.
Labour economics, education economics, and health economics.