PROF Jenny Williams

PROF Jenny Williams


  • Health Economics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Policy evaluation



  • Jenny Williams is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests lie broadly within the area of applied microeconomics with a focus on (risky) behaviour of youth. The common theme in her research is empirically investigating the ways in which decisions and circumstances faced in youth impact on success in later life. She has applied this perspective to study the causes and consequences of delinquent and criminal behaviour, the determinants of substance use (including government policies), the impact of substance use on mental health, education, and labour market outcomes, as well as the determinants of child health, and fertility related decisions of young women.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Rice University 1997
  • Other, Rice University 1996
  • BEc (Hons), The Australian National University 1990

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Lecturer B Award, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Economic Society of Australia, 2002
  • Prize awarded for best paper in 2001 Economic Record, Australian Economic Association, 2002
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001
  • Rice University, 1991
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1988



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising students whose research involves the application  of microeconometrics tecniques to questions related to health, educaiton and development