Isabella Dobrescu

Associate Professor, Deputy Director Scientia Education Academy
Associate Professor

Isabella Dobrescu is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of New South Wales.

Her interests are in labour, public finance, health and applied econometrics.

She has primarily focused her structural work on topics related to consumption and saving dynamics, as well as studying risk-taking and cognition via nonparametric partial identification methods.

More recently, she combines theory, empirical analysis and randomised controlled trials to help design interventions that aim to improve educational outcomes using technology.

Isabella is also the Deputy Director (Research) of UNSW's Scientia Education Academy, the co-chair of the STEP UP initiative in Education, a CEPAR Associate Investigator, and an editor of the Journal of Pension Economics & Finance.

For up-to-date information on publications and research projects, visit Isabella's website.

2019   

  • UNSW President’s Award for ‘Building Collaborations’

2017   

  • UNSW Scientia Education Fellowship
  • Wharton Business School Social Sciences Gold Medal Reimagine Education International Awards

2016   

  • Australian Government Office of Learning & Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • UNSW Business School John Prescott Outstanding Innovation Award

2015    

  • UNSW Business School Silver Star Award for Research

2014    

  • UNSW Business School Non-professorial Research Achievement Award

2013    

  • UNSW Business School 2013 Outstanding Technology-Enabled Teaching Innovation Award
  • University of New South Wales 2013 Innovation Award (top 3 finalist)
  • University of New South Wales  Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in the Use of Learning & Teaching Technologies
  • University of New South Wales Heinz Harant Award for Teaching Innovation

2012    

  • ARC Early Career Research Fellowship

2021

  • UNSW Business School Strategy Knowledge Hub, “Economics of Education” [with Holden, Piccoli, Motta, Muir, Sahlberg, Walker] Total funding: AU$770,000   
  • Romanian Ministry of Research & Innovation, “Drivers of depositors’ behaviour: Socio-economic drivers, regulatory changes and the impact of crisis events” PN-III-P4-ID-PCE- 2020-0929 [with Andries, Tofan, Nistor, Moldovan] Total funding: AU$391,246 (RON1,198,032)

2020    

  • ARC Linkage, “Better communication to solve the under-saving, under-spending puzzle” [with Bateman, Thorp, Newell] Total funding: AU$392,445
  • UNSW President’s Award for Collaboration [with Motta] Total funding: AU$5,000

2019    

  • UNSW Business School, “Financial Wellbeing in Retirement: Evaluating Cbus’ Retirement Income Estimate (RIE) campaigns” [with Bateman, Newell, Thorp] Total funding: AU$40,000
  • UNSW Business School Breakthrough / PVC-E / CEPAR, “Good Decisions in Education: The Smart Tech & Education Program (STEP UP)” [with Motta, Holden, King] Total funding: AU$105,000
  • UNSW Business School Strategy 2020 Network, “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation” [with Doiron, Fiebig, Kohn, Panchenko] Total funding: AU$25,000

2018    

  • UNSW Scientia Academy, “What works in Education: A series of experiments” [with Motta] Total funding: AU$15,000
  • UNSW Business School Strategy 2020 Network, “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation” [with Doiron, Fiebig, Kohn, Panchenko] Total funding: AU$25,000

2017    

  • UNSW Business School Strategy 2020 Network, “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation” [with Doiron, Fiebig, Kohn, Panchenko] Total funding: AU$25,000
  • UNSW School of Economics ARC Project Booster, “Experiential Economics: A new paradigm for experiments” [with Motta] Total funding: AU$5,000

2016    

  • Australian Government OLT Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning” [with Motta] Total funding: AU$10,000
  • ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme, “Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research – CEPAR II” [Associate Investigator] Total funding: AU$27.2MIL
  • UNSW Business School Silver Star Award, “Health, wealth, care and social networks in old age” [with Motta] Total funding: AU$20,000
  • UNSW Business School Strategy 2020 Network, “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation” [with Doiron, Fiebig, Kohn, Panchenko] Total funding: AU$25,000

2015    

  • ARC Linkage, “Super Financial Security: Improving Flexibility, Trust and Communication” [with Ortmann, Bateman, Thorp, Newell] Total funding: AU$355,000
  • UNSW Business School Strategy 2020 Network, “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation” [with Doiron, Fiebig, Kohn, Panchenko] Total funding: AU$25,000
  • CEPAR, “Wealth decumulation in old age”. Total funding: AU$15,000
  • UNSW BizLab, “Lessons from Experiential Economics” [with Motta] Total funding: AU$10,000

2014    

  • CEPAR, “Bequest motives in a life-cycle model with intergenerational interactions”. Total funding: AU$7,000

2013    

  • CEPAR, “The Impact of Social Activities on Cognitive Ageing: Evidence from 11 European Countries”. Total funding: AU$7,000

2012    

  • UNSW Business School UNSW, Learning and Teaching Grant [with Motta]. Total funding: AU$36,000
  • SG UNSW, “Early life conditions and financial risk-taking in older age”. Total funding: AU$6,000

2011    

  • ARC Linkage, “Reconnecting and Engaging Superannuation Fund Members” [with Ortmann, Bateman, Thorp, Newell]. Total funding: AU$297,720
  • ITIP UNSW, “Simulated Economy Serious Games” [with Motta]. Total funding: AU$73,700
  • ASBRG UNSW, “Voting on alternative health care reforms: How do the elderly decide?” Total funding: AU$22,000

2010    

  • ASBRG UNSW, “Staying home or dining out? Social interactions and old-age consumption profiles”. Total funding: AU$21,000