Business School

Economics and finance


Economics research programs and groups

Our research is underpinned by strong analytical techniques for contemporary economics research.

National Centre for Econometric Research (NCER)

We're dedicated to enhancing and disseminating econometric research knowledge among public policymakers, business professionals and the academic community.

Finance research programs

We've developed new understandings of international capital markets in collaboration with leading universities around the world.

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) 2012 score:

  • 3 (at world standard) -
    • Economics (FOR 14)
    • Applied Economics (FOR 1402)

ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Publication output

Our research is published in journals, books and conference proceedings. View publications by type:

Research income

We have achieved significant success in obtaining funds for our research.

Between 2010 and 2013 we received over $1.77 million in research funds.



This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.

Student topics

Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.


International linkages

The National Centre for Econometric Research (NCER) is part of a tripartite collaboration with:

  • Princeton University (Bendheim Center for Finance Research) and
  • Singapore Management University (Centre for Financial Research).

Other significant links include:

  • Centre for Research in Economics Management and the Arts (CREMA), Switzerland
  • University of Innsbruck
  • University Linz
  • University of Victoria B.C.
  • University of Oviedo
  • California State Long Beach
  • Bank of England
  • Warwick University
  • Free University Berlin
  • University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) Beijing
  • Southeast University Nanjing
  • University of Beijing (Shenzhen)
  • Universitaet Duesseldorf
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • University of Oxford
  • New York University
  • Yale University
  • London Business School
  • Simon Fraser University (Canada).

Significant corporate partnerships

  • Autonom Talent GmBH, Austria
  • Redlands Shire Council
  • Bank of Queensland
  • Origin Energy
  • Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)
  • Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • QIC Dynamic Investment Solutions

Cross-disciplinary engagement

  • QUT Institute for Future Environments (IFE)
  • Cambia
  • QUT Science and Engineering Faculty


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.

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National Centre for Econometric Research