Stefanie Schurer is a Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney. She also leads the Economics of Human Development research node at the Charles Perkins Centre. She is an internationally recognised expert in the field of the Economics of Human Development.
In the last decade, Stefanie has produced a program of research on how inequalities in personality - sometimes referred to as non-cognitive, soft, or life skills - evolve over the lifecourse. In recent years, Stefanie has produced insights on whether and how public policy affects human development. She is a chief investigator on several linked administrative data projects in Australia. She uses big data to study the consequences of Australia's key family, welfare, and medical policies for (Indigenous) children.
Stefanie’s research program is currently funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. She held positions at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Melbourne, and she is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago and a Research Fellow at the IZA Bonn.