Current honours students

Class of 2018


 


Arabella Bennett

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"I was motivated to do honours after coming to the end of my economics degree and realising I wanted more to show from my degree—a piece of work that I had planned, researched and wrote myself. The honours thesis was a perfect opportunity to do this."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"I’m writing my honours thesis on the effect of rooftop solar energy uptake on demand for electricity in Queensland."

What do you want to do after honours?

"I want to work in public policy, whether that be in public or private sector, and am particularly interested in long-term challenges such as infrastructure or trade."
 


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Jason Lejcak 

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake Honours?

"I’ve always been fascinated with studying the mechanics of the global economic machine–attempting to understand its key drivers and how economists model these complex systems. Studying honours provides me with in-depth of knowledge beyond the undergraduate level, bolstering my understanding of an economist’s mindset and approach to these challenges. It’s also been a great opportunity to work on a thesis as part of the program, which further develops both research skills and writing ability–critical competencies for any career."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"I choose to be supervised by Associate Professor Alicia Rambaldi, who is an expert in spatial time-series modelling of house prices. Her work in this field inspired me to undertake my own research in the housing market, being a very topical subject, and study in-depth the dynamics of the Melbourne property market. The research question is focused on investigating and quantifying the impact of zoning or local government regulation, which the RBA estimates has raised house prices, beyond the cost of supply, by a substantial 73% in Sydney and 69% in Melbourne."

What do you want to do after honours?

"I aim to launch my career as an analyst/researcher in the private sector, with the option of returning to graduate school or even a PhD in the future. I’ve found that honours provides a strong foundation for both academic and professional pathways."
 


Kate Huang

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"My main motivation in undertaking honours was to be exposed to a broader range of economics and to feed my interest in using mathematical proofs in an economic context. I am fascinated with how economics enables us to study people’s behaviour in a rather logical way, and how it could potentially shed light on our understanding of the conflicts occurring within today’s society. I was also drawn by the reputation of UQ’s honours program for its high quality of teaching and research."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"The decentralization property of perfect correlated equilibria."

What do you want to do after honours?

"Ideally, I would like to continue my further study (PhD) in economics, and ultimately pursue a career in academia."
 


Lorena Xie 

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"I genuinely enjoyed economics/econometrics in my bachelor’s studies at UQ and I felt doing honours would enhance the fundamental skills learnt in undergrad economics courses. What’s more exciting is the opportunity to apply the skills through conducting my own research project and completing the honours thesis."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"My thesis focuses on developing a new approach to compute standard errors for purchasing power parities (PPPs) published by the World Bank International Comparisons Program. "

What do you want to do after honours?

"After honours, I plan to pursue a postgrad degree in the UK/US."
 


Matthew Newcombe 

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"Interestingly, I really only entertained the idea of doing honours quite late into my degree. Initially I aimed to push through university and pursue a career in the private sector, however, after completing a number of internships in finance, I felt I hadn’t really had the opportunity to more fully exercise my academic interests. Speaking to other students and a number of lecturers, it became apparent that honours would offer me an opportunity to pursue more academically rigorous coursework, and a chance to create independent, original research. Indeed, I couldn’t turn down such an intellectually stimulating opportunity."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"I am researching the cost to central banks of pursuing exchange rate policy at the zero lower bound, and how this has changed over time and across countries."

What do you want to do after honours?

"I hope to go on to pursue further education overseas, either in Britain or in the United States. While I may not to necessarily go on to pursue pure post-graduate economics, I’d like to build upon the academic interests and skills I have developed while undertaking honours at UQ."
 


Hai Pham

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"I have always felt like I was not pushing myself hard enough as an undergraduate student, so I chose to undertake honours as a way of developing myself. The honours program also offers me opportunities to work with brilliant people who are passionate about their work, which I find really inspiring."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"I am writing a theoretical thesis about the emergence of cartels under uncertainty. Using a game-theoretic approach, I hope to identify different types of collusive firms and predict conditions under which firms would form cartels given their moral parameters and awareness of their public image."

What do you want to do after honours?

"I have decided to start my career in the private sector after honours. I hope to put the knowledge I have gained from my degree into practice."
 


Ransi Weerasooriya

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?

"I felt the three year undergraduate degree in economics didn’t do justice to economics and I wanted to know more. Especially the chance to learn in tandem with some really hardworking and serious students and also from some of the best instructors was another reason why I didn’t want to leave after the first three years."

What is the topic of your honours thesis?

"I picked to do something in econometric theory. I am trying to use machine learning methods to optimise causal inference. I find that the more I try to understand the inner workings of econometrics the more illuminating and enlightening it is."

What do you want to do after honours?

"I want to do higher study, preferably a PhD. I have a few ideas like trying to reconcile the differences between heterodox and orthodox schools of thought within economics by using empirics."
 


Scott Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Past honours students

Class of 2017

 Gamage Deshal Chanakya Hemachandra


 

 

 

 


 Jeffrey Lin


 

 

 

 


 Joshua Appleton-Miles

 

 


 

 


 Junquian Li

 

 

 


 


 Kieu My Tran

 


 

 

 


 Lei Seng Cheong


 

 

 

 


 Nicholas Monroe


 

 

 

 


 Nicholas Harvey
 

 

 

 

 


 Philip Womack
 

 

 

 

 


 Zi Yin

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 2016

Travis Duff

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?
"I have a natural curiosity of understanding patterns, correlations and casual relationships. Given this, I initially thought mathematics was my ideal path, however, at university I quickly discovered that economics provided the perfect platform to quantify such interests. Within economics, I’m particularly interested in the macro side of things–what affects and drives economies at the national level."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?
"I felt honours provided an excellent opportunity to further improve and reinforce the fundamental skills learnt in undergrad. The thesis component was also a major contributor in choosing to undertake honours. The skills required to produce a substantial piece of unique research is something a simple undergraduate course does not provide. The opportunity to develop such skills I think will be highly valuable over the course of my career."

What are your career aspirations?

"My career aspirations are to work in macroeconomic strategy/funds management. I highly enjoy initially understanding a particular economic environment but then also using this information and understanding to construct a view of the future."
 


Tsz Yin Lui

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"My motivation to study economics is from my high school economics teacher. The way he understood and explained things in economic language inspired me to study economics. Besides, economics is everywhere. We can explain almost every kind of human behaviour through economic theories. How amazing is that."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"As I said before, I hope to discover and understand more about human behaviours and undertaking honours gives me the chance to learn more advanced theories and models."

What are your career aspirations?

"My ultimate goal is being an economist and publishing my own research. Honours gives the necessary knowledge for me to take the PhD pathway. Before that, I hope to work in monetary authority or the Treasury in Hong Kong."
 


Stuart Morrison

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I was always very interested in how policy and economics interacted with each other and I was inspired to study economics to nudge policy in a better direction."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I chose to undertake honours because of the opportunities for research and higher study in econometrics."

What are your career aspirations?

"I would love to work in the field of regulatory and competition economics as there are uncountable ways in which economic analysis can help improve how policy and markets interact."
 


Daniel Mouat

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"The explanatory power of economics really attracted me to the discipline. Economics offers a framework for examining issues ranging from how countries can escape poverty to how the number of books in a home is linked to childhood development. In seeking to describe the motivations and actions of people as well as societal institutions, the academic field offers an evidence-based understanding of the world around us. With this knowledge, policy-makers can more confidently enact the best policies."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"The ability to do original research in the form of a thesis was the main motivator. While an undergraduate economics degree is very enriching, I thought that research would enhance my understanding of the field. Honours opens up many opportunities as well, such as working for an organisation like the World Bank or OECD to further study. In doing an honours year, I hope to gain a better understanding of what career path I would like to take."

What are your career aspirations?

"I plan on starting my career in the private sector, but in the long run I would like to spend time in a global development organisation and play an active role in domestic policy. I think that solid experience in public and private sectors leads to more innovative solutions to today's most pressing problems."
 


Thi Mai Anh Nguyen

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"There was not a particular event that drew my attention to economics. I would say that my decision to study economics stems from a combination of a long passion for mathematics and my particular curiosity about individual and social choices. I find that economics is a very powerful way of thinking, in the sense that it can offer great insights into complex issues with quite simple intuition, and that it has little to no restriction on the subjects being studied. Furthermore, its elegant use of mathematics to formalise concepts that are intrinsically philosophical can never get one bored."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I chose to undertake honours to study economics with more depth and rigour. Especially with a focus on the thesis component, the honours year to me is an important preparation for my higher study."

What are your career aspirations?

"Enjoying researching and teaching, I aspire to be in academia. My area of interest is microeconomic and game theory."
 


Colin Burns

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I decided to study economics because I wanted a better understanding of how the world was organized and be able to answer some of the challenging questions like why are some nations so wealthy and others so poor."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I took my studies further to the honours level because I thought it would deepen my understanding of these issues and enhance my career prospects."

What are your career aspirations?

"I’m hoping to gain employment in consultancy or in government at the end of the year."

Class of 2015

Daniel Pool

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"In high school I always preferred analytical and mathematical topics. That combined with my curiosity for financial markets and the extent of which the Global Financial Crisis impacted the world at the time, led me to choosing an economics degree. It has since proved to be right match for me."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I enrolled in the honours program for two main reasons: to gain research skills and to extend my economics and econometrics knowledge. As research is a main component of an economist’s work, I felt that the experience developed in writing a thesis would prepare me for a career in the field. Furthermore, I got the opportunity to write about a thesis topic that really interests me. The program promised to provide us with challenging, yet stimulating coursework, and it has delivered just that. Lastly, I have knew that I would benefit from working alongside a group of like-minded and hardworking individuals."

What are your career aspirations?

"My main areas of interest are financial economics, policy making and international comparisons of country performance. After completion of my honours year, I aim at gaining some experience in a central or development Bank for a few years, then possibly doing a PhD. However, my main career ambition would be to work for a multi-lateral institution such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund."
 


Lawson Ashburner

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I stumbled into economics while in high school. When choosing my senior subjects I had one spot left and, on a whim, chose economics. It ended up being my favourite subject."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I chose to undertake honours for both personal and professional reasons. Not only did I want the opportunity to to conduct an extended piece of original research, honours is an entry requirement in many of the areas I would like to begin my career in."

What are your career aspirations?

"I would like to work for the Federal Government in an area pertaining to economic policy."
 


Jiacheng "Barry" Wang

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"It was the inclusiveness of economics that deeply impressed me when I was young. To be honest, I was into history initially but then I found that a knowledge of history could be quite helpful for reinforcing an understanding of economics. More surprisingly, in the field of economics, one is always provided with opportunities to come into contacts with a broader range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, mathematics, statistics, etc., which I find so attractive that studying economics becomes a logical option."

Why did you choose to undertake Honours?

"Honours programs provide students with a chance to closely contact advanced economic theories and outstanding academic staffs. Excitingly, an honours thesis will be generated within the honours year. For people who are interested in developing original economic theories, choosing honours is awesome."  

What are your career aspirations?

"Doing a PhD might be an option for me if I found myself amazingly comfortable with a huge number of reading tasks. And I am sure that being an economist is still one of coolest things in the world."
 


Johnathon Jones

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"The events during the GFC motivated me to study economics. I was fascinated by how economies could be so susceptible to financial crises and the link between the real and financial sectors in modern economies."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"The challenge of the honours year as well as the ability to move directly into prestigious PhD programs around the world led me to study honours. I was also excited to write a thesis on the European common currency, and the honours program is an ideal opportunity for that."

What are your career aspirations?

"I would like to pursue a career in macroeconomic analysis in a policy-making institution such as the RBA or the European Central Bank."
 


Lucille Danks

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I wrote one of my grade 12 English assignments on how the Henry Tax Review was represented in the media, and found myself much more interested in the content of the review than the way it was presented. At the time, I knew very little about what economics was and was intending to go on to study maths and politics at uni the following year. This assignment prompted me to start reading books on economics, through which I discovered that the field would be a great way to combine my interests in maths and politics with my intent to gain expertise in the field of development."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"The first reason is that I really enjoyed completing my bachelor's degree in economics and noticed that, particularly in micro and econometrics, we had only studied the tip of the iceberg. I wanted to learn more about these areas, and keep the option of further study open. The second reason is that I aspire to a have a broad career. The honours program presents as an opportunity to cement my credentials in economics, which I see to be important if I hope to move between different roles in policy, business management and economic analysis early in my career."

What are your career aspirations?

"I'm interested in issues pertaining to economic development and social mobility, and understand that leadership on these issues often comes from the intersection of government, corporates, the social sector and academia. I aim to acquire experience across these sectors, and to contribute technical expertise to the design and implementation of practical initiatives for advancing economic development and social mobility in Australia."
 


Luke McKenzie

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I originally got interested in economics, probably like a lot of other people, by reading Freakonomics. At the time I was interested in mathematics and statistics and I felt that economics would be a good field to apply such skills. I was also enticed by the way economics asked interesting questions as well as tried to describe individuals’ decisions and the society we live."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I was interested in further developing the skills I had already developed in my studies of economics and knew honours at UQ was the best place to do that. Honours is also essentially an introduction into the tools of academic economics, so I was excited by that. Finally, I was interested in the opportunity to undertake original research with some of the world-class academics UQ has." 

What are your career aspirations?

"I am interested in public policy; therefore I have a desire to work for the Australian Government. I think designing and assessing implementable policy would be enjoyable. I have a particular interest in issues dealing with the labour market and economic inequality. I also have some lingering interest in potentially going to the U.S. to do a PhD."
 


Mikhara Ramsing

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"My inspiration for studying economics was to better understand how the world works. For me, the beauty of the discipline lies in its ability to conceptualise and improve the livelihood of others through a functioning economy."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"Being passionate about economics, I undertook honours to gain the opportunity to conduct my own research under the guidance of great mentors and to contribute to the discipline. I also wanted the challenge of rigorous learning and the sense of accomplishment that entails. 

What are your career aspirations?

"I hope to apply the in-depth teaching and discipline economic honours will have provided me with coupled with my law degree to make an impact in the development sphere. I am passionate about sustainable social change."
 


Nan Phan

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I first touched economics in my A-Level years and was very impressed with Adam Smith’s 'Division of Labour' theory and his pin-making example. Then when I studied other theories such as the laws of demand and supply, of scarcity and especially game theory, economics seemed so interesting that I decided to follow it for further education, mostly due to its logical and analytical aspects."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"As my ultimate goal is to work in academia, the honours degree is the shortest pathway for a bachelor to do a PhD degree. Also this program can give me a glimpse of the research environment, which is extremely helpful to me."

What are your career aspirations?

"I plan to continue to PhD and then to work in academia."
 


Robert Walter

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I have always been passionate about environmental protection and interested in how we might create a sustainable society. The GFC prompted me to start listening to 'Planet Money', an economics podcast, and I realised that all of the world's environmental problems have an economic dimension. So I decided I wanted to work towards creating an economy which serves people today and preserves our environmental assets for the future."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I almost didn't do honours when my dream job was advertised at the end of last year (economist for the Australian Conservation Foundation). However, I didn't apply for it as I feel honours is a necessary step in understanding economic theory today and developing the skills to contribute to it. I wanted to learn how to formalise my intuitive knowledge of economics so that I can understand the building blocks of contemporary approaches to economic problems. I also wanted to experience an extended research project as I am considering further study."

What are your career aspirations?

"I am planning to continue on with further study. Ideally I'd like to do a PhD with a focus on pluralism in economic thought and ways of accommodating diverse and even conflicting economic approaches... unless the Australian Conservation Foundation advertises my dream job again."
 


Sophie Byth

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"After high school I decided to study law, and felt that economics would be a useful additional qualification in many areas (e.g. competition law). Economics ended up being far more interesting, so I made that the focus of my studies."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I was primarily interested in the research aspect of honours, as academic research is not an opportunity I had in my undergraduate degree. I've also seriously considered continuing my studies, and honours is excellent preparation if I do make that decision."

What are your career aspirations?

"I really enjoy teaching economics at the university level, so I hope to have a career in academia."
 


Zhengyang "Leo" Bao

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"My interest in economics was triggered by my bachelor’s study in the field in both China and Australia. I was amazed by the simplicity of the supply and demand curves to explain complicated economic phenomena when I first came across the discipline. After that, economics has continued to intrigue me as it involves problemsolving."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"UQ’s School of Economics is highly ranked internationally and the honours program is considered to be the best in Australia."

What are your career aspirations?

"I believe the honours program at UQ will provide me with a valuable opportunity to do research and give the skills to transition into my future career in academia."
 

Other 2015 honours students include:

Francis Graham
Gabriela Araujo
Joshua Adams
Mai Phuong Nguyen
Nathan Cotton
Rhys Downham
Ryan Leung
Thomas Gardiner

Class of 2014

Andrew Staib

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"There is no one specific trigger point which I can say led me down the path of economics. I took economics in high school and, along with it being one of my favourite subjects, I achieved high marks. I felt as though economics was something that I could both enjoy and excel at." 

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I learned much from the undergraduate economics program at UQ. However, I felt as though my training lacked some of the rigour that economists typically apply. I chose to undertake honours so I could gain further understanding of the methods applied by economists to solve economic problems. I believed the UQ honours program would greatly expand my skillset in this regard and add rigour to the methods I use to solve economic problems. Additionally, the UQ honours program is highly valued in the workforce."

What are your career aspirations?

"Ultimately, I would like to some day be in a position to affect policy. Economic policy has tangible effects on the lives of everybody and I would like to be in a position where I could use my economic skills for society's benefit. Having secured a graduate position at the RBA, I have taken a first step in achieving this goal."
 


Belinda McEniery

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I first took economics on a whim as a subject in senior school and I was quickly attracted to the inherent rationality and logic of the subject. Since then, economics has remained an interesting combination of a range of diverse disciplines including mathematics, politics and business whilst having a unique and wide-ranging scope itself."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"After graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Economics, I wanted the chance to apply the knowledge I gained in my undergraduate degree to the more challenging and demanding setting provided by the honours program. The thesis component of the program has the exciting opportunity for students to investigate and contribute to an area of interest, in my case, health economics. Whilst undertaking this experience within research, honours students will also have almost unparalleled exposure to some of the school's best academics which is one of the most appealing aspects of the program."

What are your career aspirations?

"In the long run, I am looking to work within public policy development, potentially within the public service or a think-tank."


Ben Jackman

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"While I always had passing interest in economics, I started my academic career at UQ in science. After some time, I realised science wasn't for me, and began looking for another field to study. The global financial crisis drew my attention and, after learning a little about it, I became hooked on macroeconomics and monetary policy."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"Honours was a clear choice for me. Honours in economics gives us exposure to advanced coursework and experience in academic research. It provides opportunities in the industry that wouldn't otherwise be available to us, and allows those of us interested in further study direct entry into international PhD programs."

What are your career aspirations?

"I want to be involved in the implementation and development of monetary policy for Australia. Central banks face unique challenges in the 21st century, and I hope I can help in responding to those challenges, as either an academic or a central banker."


Cedric Wong

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"Truth to be told, I disliked economics throughout junior high school until I was in grade 11, I somehow sat through the entire economics class without being distracted. Surprisingly, I was fascinated by the usefulness of economics and how it can be used as a tool for policy analysis and decision-making. Strangely, my grade 11 economics teacher has inspired me to study economics, as I never thought I would have studied a Bachelor of Economics if the teacher happened to be someone else. As a global citizen, I believe the study of economics will allow me to obtain an in depth recognition and a better insight of the world as economics is one of the most essential elements that connects it."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have started to develop a strong interest in applied econometrics for macroeconomics as I am captivated by how information channels through data and how the use of quantitative techniques can be applied to verify economic theories. Therefore, my desire for deeper economics knowledge has led me to pursue an honours degree. More importantly, I believe I will be given an opportunity to strengthen my quantitative analysis skills through my honours thesis as it focuses on predicting housing price changes in Sydney."

What are your career aspirations?

"I have always wanted to work for federal government institutions such as the RBA and the Treasury because it would give me a chance to apply my research and econometrics analytical skills in a practical manner. While I do enjoy economics, my real passion lies within the game of tennis. I hope I would be able to work for the Association of Tennis Professionals in the distant future."
 


Cheung Anderson

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"During high school, the global financial crisis was unfolding before my very eyes and I became rather intrigued. I wanted to learn more about the ideas of economists/political philosophers and how their intellect/ideology influences the global economy. Therefore, upon completion of grade twelve, I decided to study economics at UQ (best decision I’ve made to date)."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"UQ’s economics honours program has a reputation for being challenging and rigorous, as such I decided to undertake honours to test my limits. At the same time I see it as an opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of economics and gain experience in research, through writing a thesis. I also see honours as an opportunity to enhance my employability."

What are your career aspirations?

"After completing honours, I wish to pursue a career related to public policy, either through the public service or private sector. If provided the opportunity, I would also consider further study, such as a PhD."
 


Christopher Mar

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I was initially drawn towards economics because of the formal approach it takes in analysing social issues. As I learnt in Introductory Microeconomics (ECON1010), the focus of economics is on explaining why certain outcomes arise, rather than necessarily concluding whether that behaviour is right or wrong. It was this interest in analytical techniques and in the investigation of economic problems that lead me into the field of econometrics."

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I have always heard that doing honours was one of the most challenging but rewarding years that you can do at UQ. But it probably wasn’t until I started tutoring, in my fourth year, when I really made the decision to do honours. Tutoring provided a first chance for me to dig a little deeper on familiar concepts by discussing economic concepts in my classes and in helping students with their study. This reminded me just how much I enjoyed economics, and triggered a passion within me to explore further these economic ideas. I choose to do honours in order to learn more advanced economic concepts. The part of the honours program that I am most excited about is the opportunity to complete a piece of original research in a topic of my own choice."

What are your career aspirations?

After honours I would like to work for a public policy-making institution.
 


Christopher Heard

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I came to economics indirectly. I began my studies in law and biochemistry with a view to understanding the legal aspects of science and technology policy, but I quickly decided that law was not for me. I remember a first year torts lecture that was very critical of academics who apply economic theory to analysing the law, but I thought they might be onto something! Economics provided an excellent opportunity to keep studying policy and business issues in a rigorous way, while drawing on more quantitative and (dare I say) interesting techniques." 

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"The opportunity to undertake advanced coursework was attractive, as was the chance to experience academic research. Honours is also excellent preparation for further study."

What are your career aspirations?

"My oldest academic interest is science and, although I am happy to leave the laboratory work to others, it would be great to apply my economics training to (or work in academia studying) industries which draw heavily on science and technology. Fortunately, that gives me a growing list to choose from. My honours thesis is of particular relevance to public policy and the resources sector, but opportunities in health, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and science and technology policy are also of interest."
 


Keaton Jenner

What motivated and/or inspired you to study economics initially?

"I started at UQ straight out of high school and was initially studying a Bachelor of Journalism. I quickly realised that my expectations and the reality of the field did not coincide, and that a career as a reporter or in public relations wasn’t for me. During my first year of university, I had been exposed to some basic economic ideas through some of my elective courses and also the 'Free to Choose' series produced by Milton Friedman. I decided to take some first year economic courses in my second year and found them all really interesting, so I made the switch to a B.Econ/BA. "

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I wanted to set myself the challenge of the honours year to see if I could push myself beyond the limits of undergraduate coursework. I was also very keen to write a thesis which would both improve my research skills and also potentially make some contribution to the literature."

What are your career aspirations?

"I hope to be working as an economist. Ideally, I will be involved in some kind of applied policy analysis or economic research. Eventually, I would like to work for an international organisation like the World Bank or the IMF."
 


Yen Thi Jai Tran

Why did you choose to undertake honours?

"I chose to study economics because an early exposure to this field captivated me in its intuitive explanations of various phenomenons. My bachelor program developed that intuition into a systematic and critical analytical toolkit. Honours at UQ is my choice after Bachelor of Economics because I see it as an important stepping stone for the higher education that I wish to pursue. Also, UQ is such a friendly, supportive and stimulating study environment."

What are your career aspirations?

"I thoroughly enjoy learning, researching and sharing knowledge through teaching. I therefore aspire to become an academic in my future career."
 

Other 2014 honours students include:

Cameron Gordon
Chun Yai Tai
Sarah Brown
Varun Venaik
Yuki Tamura