ARC grants supercharge UQ economics research

6 December 2018
Three projects involving researchers from The University of Queensland School of Economics have secured more than $500,000 as part of the Australian Research Council’s latest funding announcement.

Globe in dirtAssociate Professor Marco Faravelli, Dr Haishan Yuan and a co-investigator from the University of New South Wales have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant worth $213,000.

Their project will explore how citizens’ voting behaviours are shaped by the quantity and quality of the information they take in about different policy proposals.

This research could help governments design policies to reduce voter polarisation and improve the quality of the political debate and democracy.

A research team comprised of Professor Andrew McLennan, Dr Shino Takayama, Dr Yuichiro Waki, Dr Christoph Mueller and Dr Satoshi Tanaka has received an ARC Discovery Project grant worth $180,000.

Their research will help policy makers and economists understand and predict the outcomes of financial crises and determine how public policies can be used to lift productivity and growth in these situations.

The project’s long-term goal is to improve the overall health of the financial system.

The School’s Colin Clark Chair, Professor Claudio Mezzetti, has also secured an ARC Discovery Project grant worth $160,000.

Professor Mezzetti’s project will aim to develop best practice dispute resolution techniques and, more generally, to design procedures and institutions (for example, markets) under which the socially efficient exchange of information will take place among parties with competing interests.

Across UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, researchers were awarded seven Discovery Project grants and one ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant, totalling $2.15 million in Australian Government funding.

BEL Faculty Associate Dean (Research) Professor Victor Callan said this funding would empower BEL researchers to strive for greater global impact with their work. 

“Winning these highly competitive grants to fund these research projects illustrates the high quality of the researchers across our three schools,” he said.

“By collaborating with co-investigators in their own schools, across faculties and partner institutions, our researchers will be able to bring together different perspectives and apply their findings to help solve complex global challenges.

“Congratulations to our ARC grant recipients on their success.”

Read more about the 67 UQ projects to receive ARC Discovery Project grants.  

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