Our research on sperm donor selection
With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a world-first behavioural economics study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics considered.
We're renowned for our quality educational programs and research, and are proud to be home to world-class scholars. Our academics and students benefit from our thriving research culture and highly regarded research portfolio.
Research programs and groups
- National Centre for Econometric Research (NCER)
- Queensland behavioural economics group (QuBE)
- Resource and Development Economics for Public Policy Group
Business School research
Our researchers are part of the School of Economics and Finance at the QUT Business School.
Find out more about joining us as a research student or academic:
Evidence of research quality
ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2015 score:
- 3 (at world standard)
- Economics (FOR 14)
- Applied Economics (FOR 1402)
ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.
Our research is published in journals, books and conference proceedings. View publications by type:
We are highly successful in obtaining nationally competitive grants such as Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage.
- Professor Benno Torgler
- Professor Uwe Dulleck
- Professor Clevo Wilson
- Professor Michael Kidd
- Dr Louisa Coglan
- Adjunct Professor Sean Pascoe
- Dr Vincent Hoang
- Dr Mark McGovern
- Associate Professor Tommy Tang
- Dr Radhika Lahiri
- Dr Dipanwita Sarkar
- Dr Jayanta Sarkar
- Dr Lionel Page
- Dr Boon Lee
This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.
- Building economic capacity to improve the management of Australian marine resources
- Change detection in causal relationships and measurement of systemic risk
- Economic evaluation of the Upselling Prevention Pilot
- Financial decision making in late adulthood
- Heart rate variability biofeedback coaching in reducing workplace stress: laboratory and field investigations
- Honesty and efficiency in the provision of expert services: doctors and other experts as participants in economic experiments
- Impact of financial advisers' conflict of interest disclosures
- Incentivising attendance and peformance at school
- Investment in hybrid securities
- Novel econometric techniques for dealing with point processes in high frequency financial data with applications to financial risk management
- Should rational individuals be optimistic? Theory, survey evidence, experimental evidence and policy implications
- The behavioural birthdate effect: the impact of relative position within cohorts on risk aversion, self-confidence and aspiration levels
- The role of moral sentiments and emotions in human nature: an interdisciplinary empirical approach
- Using Heart Rate Variability Measurements to Identify the Effects Of Stress On Decision Making
Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.
- Environmental subsidies, agricultural practices and commodity pricing: a comparative analysis
- Ethnic discrimination and stereotypes in the school environment
- Macroeconomic implications of household choices of fertility, education and health
- Politics, finance and infrastructure: the success and failure of the Clem Jones Tunnel
- Small business prosperity and wellbeing: an alternative measure for success among small business owners
- The impact of gender in the classroom: real or imagined?
Our research delivers solutions to significant problems and creates new understandings that impact on the real world. These are just some examples of the difference our research makes.
Valuing the environment
Our insights into environmental valuation and commercial tourism have informed governments and environmental protection agencies at both state and federal levels.
The psychology of tax
We collected physiological data providing evidence that guilt plays a role in motivating people to pay their taxes.
'QUT's cutting-edge analysis of tax morale and its linkages to regulatory compliance has proven foundational to the policy recommendations to our clients in the newest member countries of the European Union.' Truman G. Packard, Lead Economist, Human Development Economics, World Bank
Forecasting financial instability
We're developing novel statistical methods to forecast the onset of instability in asset prices. Understanding what leads to instability helps us predict the outcome of high volatility events.
The emotional cost of financial decisions
We measured the heart rates of people making financial decisions and found that people making generous offers were less stressed than those making low offers. The results indicate there is an emotional cost to treating someone unfairly.