Class of 2020

Kieran Gibson

Kieran Gibson
Kieran Gibson

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?
My undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics helped me realise my passion for both teaching and academic rigour. I particularly enjoyed tutoring ECON2030, ECON2050, ECON2070, and ECON3010, grounding my knowledge in microeconomics and game theory. As honours year provides opportunities to continue both learning and tutoring, it was the obvious stepping stone from undergrad to postgrad in my academic career.

What is the topic of your honours thesis?
My thesis combines behavioural economics and game theory. It is an experimental project that aims to investigate how people treat good behaviour if the underlying intention is revealed to be selfish.

What do you want to do after honours?
Whilst my post-honours plans are yet to be confirmed, I know I have discovered a genuine passion for teaching and academia. I’d like to continue exploring postgraduate study options, working towards completing a PhD that I can use to take my teaching career to the next level.


Jiachen Han

Jiachen Han
Jiachen Han

What motivated/inspired you to undertake  honours?
I took honours because I wanted to do research and create model/design on my own by applying the knowledge I acquired in my undergrad degree. I want to do what economists do before I finally get into work in this field. And of course, the honours degree comes with advanced economics courses, group discussions and teamwork, as well as a lot of meeting with my mentor, which surely gives me insight into economics and a distinctive edge in my career.

What’s the topic of your honours thesis?
Currently I’m doing an experimental economics topic where I measure hetereogenosity personal norms and how it’s influenced by social pressure with the help on online experimental platform.

What do you want to do after honours?
I want to find a job in Australia for a few years before I get to UK/USA for postgraduate/phd.


Liam Hickey

Liam Hickey
Liam Hickey

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?
I decided to do Honours to broaden my career prospects, undertake more concentrated study alongside a smaller cohort, and to gain the experience of doing an in depth research project in the form of the honours thesis. 

What is the topic of your honours thesis? 
My thesis is in the area of environmental economics, supervised by Professor Flavio Menezes. 
I am looking at how a program such as the Queensland Government's Land Restoration Fund can best overcome asymmetric information problems to allocate funds efficiently. 

What do you want to do after honours?
After Honours, I will aim to use the skills I've learnt to analyse real-world economic problems and hopefully bring some clarity to some of the complex challenges facing Australia and the world in the 21st century.
I will be working in the private sector next year, and I hope to undertake further study overseas at some stage. 


Nguyen Bang Chau Hoang

Nguyen (Victoria) Hoang
Nguyen (Victoria) Hoang

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?
I have been desiring to be engaged in a thesis that relates to applied econometrics. Undertaking Honours not only helps me pursue my aspiration but also improve and expand my skills and understanding in the relevant field of study. I believe this Honours year undoubtedly brings me rewarding challenges and valuable lessons that I possibly missed during my undergraduate years.

What is the topic of your honours thesis? 
My Honours thesis examines the use of skewed filters to decompose property prices. 

What do you want to do after honours?
I would love to undertake a PhD program and continue researching the topics of my interests in both economics and econometrics.


Nicholas Markovitch

Nicholas Markovitch
Nicholas Markovitch

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?
I chose to undertake honours as I wanted to conduct my own research and produce an academic paper under the supervision of an experienced economist. I was also motivated by the fact that I would be studying alongside a small cohort of like-minded students.

What is the topic of your honours thesis?  
I am investigating the nature of firm growth in Australia. In particular, I am looking at the relative contribution of ex-ante factors towards the size distribution of Australian firms. 

What do you want to do after honours?
I am still undecided but I am interested in pursuing a career in the public sector or academia. 


Sally Rafter

Sally Rafter
Sally Rafter

What motivated and/or inspired you to undertake honours?
I was motivated by the opportunity to produce an original, self-directed research piece that would allow me to bring together and enhance the analytical skills I have learned in my undergraduate economics courses.

What is the topic of your honours thesis? 
I am working on an experimental thesis that examines the effect of bid-preferences on reverse-auction outcomes when bidders are asymmetric. 

What do you want to do after honours?
I am very excited to have accepted a role as an Economics and Finance Graduate at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney for 2021 after having completed an internship there over summer.


Lucas Carter
Jeremy Lwin
Minh Thang Pham
Bing Xian Lee