Professor Gigi   Foster
Professor

Professor Gigi Foster

Business School
Sch of Economics

Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, having joined UNSW in 2009 after six years at the University of South Australia.  Formally educated at Yale University (BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Maryland (PhD in Economics), she works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy.  Her research contributions regularly inform public debates and appear in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets (e.g., Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, Human Relations).  Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.  Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, Professor Foster has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community.  As one of Australia’s leading economics communicators, her regular media appearances include co-hosting The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program and podcast series premiered in 2018, with Peter Martin AM on ABC Radio National.

Selected Research Grants:

  • 2015-2017: ARC Discovery Project Grant - AUD$231,800 awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council for project entitled The Economics of Cooperative Behaviour with Ben Greiner, Paul Frijters and Attila Ambrus
  • 2009-2011: ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council (2008) for project entitled, 'Should Rational Individuals be Optimistic? Theory, Survey Evidence, Experimental Evidence, and Policy Implications' (with Paul Frijters and Benno Torgler), AUD$221,000
  • 2008-2010: ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council (2007) for project entitled, 'Distributional Consequences of Mass-Market Higher Education in Business', AUD$89,740

Research Interests:

  • Economics of education
  • Behavioural economics
  • Social influences on economic behavior
  • Time use

UNSW Business School Profile: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/our-people/gigifoster

 

Phone
+61 2 9065 1518
Location
Level 4, UNSW Business School Building

Publications

  • Edited Books | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, (ed.), 2019, Biophysical measurement in experimental social science research, Academic Press, https://www.elsevier.com/books/biophysical-measurement-in-experimental-social-science-research/foster/978-0-12-813092-6
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, 'Chapter 10 Conclusion', in Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research, pp. 267 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-813092-6.00010-1
    Books | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, Biophysical measurement in experimental social science research: Theory and practice, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/C2016-0-04236-5
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, 'Conclusion', in Biophysical Measurement in Experimental Social Science Research: Theory and Practice, pp. 267 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-813092-6.00010-1
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, '"Teaching Quality in Australian Universities: Present measures, policies and possibilities"', in Campus Meltdown: Australian Universities in Crisis
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P; Greiner B, 2017, 'Challenges for Market and Institutional Design when Countering Exploitation Strategies', in Giraldeau L; Heeb P; Kosfeld M (ed.), Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics Principles and Applications, MIT Press, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/investors-and-exploiters-ecology-and-economics
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Frijters P; Foster G, 2017, 'Is it rational to be in love?', in Handbook of behavioral economics and smart decision making: Rational Decision-Making within the Bounds of Reason, Edward Elgar Publishing, http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-behavioral-economics-and-smart-decision-making
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P, 2017, 'Behavioral Political Economy', in Routledge Handbook of Behavioral Economics, Routledge, pp. 348 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315743479
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Are Women Better than Men at Multitasking Household Production Activities?', in The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan US, pp. 19 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446_3
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2016, 'Grading Standards in Higher Education: Trends, Context, and Prognosis', in Bretag T (ed.), Handbook of Academic Integrity, Springer, pp. 307 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-098-8_48
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Are women better than men at multitasking household production activities?', in Kalenkoski C; Foster G (ed.), The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Introduction: The economics of multitasking', in Kalenkoski C; Foster G (ed.), The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Discussion: The economics of multitasking', in Kalenkoski C; Foster G (ed.), The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 203 - 208, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Introduction: The Economics of Multitasking', in The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan US, pp. 1 - 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446_1
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2016, 'Discussion: The Economics of Multitasking', in The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan US, pp. 203 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446_10
    Edited Books | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2015, The Economics of Multitasking, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137381446
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2015, 'Experimental Economics', in Wright J (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, pp. 546 - 551, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.71052-X
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2015, 'Grading Standards in Higher Education: Trends, Context, and Prognosis', in Handbook of Academic Integrity, Springer Singapore, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-079-7_48-2
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2015, 'Grading Standards in Higher Education: Trends, Context, and Prognosis', in Handbook of Academic Integrity, Springer Singapore, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-079-7_48-1
    Books | 2013
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Frijters P; Foster G, 2013, An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups, and Networks, Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139207041
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Shanahan M; Foster G; Meyer JHF, 2010, 'Threshold concepts and attrition in first-year economics', in Meyer JHF; Land R; Baillie C (ed.), Threshold Concepts and Transformational Learning, edn. 1st Edition, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 207 - 226
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Shanahan M; Foster G; Erik , 2008, 'Associations among prior acquisition of threshold concepts, learning dimensions, and examination performance in first-year economics', in Land R; Meyer J; Smith J (ed.), Threshold Concepts within the Disciplines, edn. 1, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
    Book Chapters |
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Frijters P; Foster G, 'Is it rational to be in love?', in , Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 205 - 232, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781782549598.00020
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2021, 'Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men', ECONOMIC RECORD, vol. 97, pp. 310 - 316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12620
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Bose G; Dechter E; Foster G, 2020, 'Behavioral coordination as an individual best-response to punishing role models', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 174, pp. 301 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2017.03.016
    Journal articles | 2020
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2020, 'Early estimates of the impact of COVID-19 disruptions on jobs, wages, and lifetime earnings of schoolchildren in Australia', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 23, https://businesslaw.curtin.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/09/129339-AJLE-Vol-23-No-2-2020-2527-FINAL.pdf
    Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Pingle M; Yang J, 2019, 'Are we addicted to love? A parsimonious economic model of love', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 165, pp. 70 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2019.07.009
    Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, 'A portrait of a scientist as a young mind', Journal of Mind and Behavior, vol. 40, pp. 83 - 94
    Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Stratton LS, 2019, 'What women want (their men to do): Housework and Satisfaction in Australian Households', Feminist Economics, vol. 25, pp. 23 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13545701.2019.1609692
    Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2019, 'Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology, by Mark Fabian and Robert Breunig (eds.) (Taylor and Francis, New York, NY, 2018), pp. 289.', Economic Record, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12463
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P; Schaffner M; Torgler B, 2018, 'Expectation formation in an evolving game of uncertainty: New experimental evidence', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 154, pp. 379 - 405, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2018.07.013
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Stratton LS, 2018, 'Do significant labor market events change who does the chores? Paid work, housework, and power in mixed-gender Australian households', Journal of Population Economics, vol. 31, pp. 483 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-017-0667-7
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Ko CC; Frijters P; Foster G, 2018, 'A tale of cyclones, exports and surplus forgone in Australia’s protected banana industry', Economic Record, vol. 94, pp. 276 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12414
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Stratton LS, 2018, 'Does Female Breadwinning Make Partnerships Less Healthy or Less Stable?', , https://ideas.repec.org/p/iza/izadps/dp11938.html
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2018, 'Education Policy Reforms to Boost Productivity in Australia', Australian Economic Review, vol. 51, pp. 253 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12271
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2018, 'Ethics in Economics', AGENDA-A JOURNAL OF POLICY ANALYSIS AND REFORM, vol. 25, pp. 61 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/AG.25.01.2018.04
    Journal articles | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2018, 'Towards a living theoretical spine for (behavioural) economics', Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, vol. 2, pp. 75 - 81
    Journal articles | 2017
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2017, 'Why Gender Matters in Economics', ECONOMIC RECORD, vol. 93, pp. 509 - 511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12364
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2015, 'Measuring the relative productivity of multitasking to sole-tasking in household production: experimental evidence', Applied Economics, vol. 47, pp. 1847 - 1862, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2014.1000526
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2015, 'Book review: Geoffrey M Hodgson, From Pleasure Machines to Moral Communities: An Evolutionary Economics without Homo Economicus', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 26, pp. 175 - 181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1035304614566353
    Journal articles | 2015
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Frijters P; Foster G, 2015, 'Rising inequality: A benign outgrowth of markets or a symptom of cancerous political favours?', Australian Economic Review, vol. 48, pp. 67 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12096
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P, 2014, 'The formation of expectations: Competing theories and new evidence', Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 53, pp. 66 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2014.08.001
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Greenglass E; Antonides G; Christandl F; Foster G; Katter JKQ; Kaufman BE; Lea SEG, 2014, 'The financial crisis and its effects: Perspectives from economics and psychology', Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 50, pp. 10 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2014.01.004
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P, 2014, 'Book Review - The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life, Uri Gneezy, John A. List. Public Affairs (2013). xi + 267 pp. ISBN: 978-1-61039-311-9', Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 44, pp. 50 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2014.06.004
    Journal articles | 2014
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Pugh K; Foster G, 2014, 'Australia's National School Data and the 'Big Data' Revolution in Education Economics', Australian Economic Review, vol. 47, pp. 258 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12065
    Journal articles | 2013
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Kalenkoski CM, 2013, 'Tobit or OLS? An empirical evaluation under different diary window lengths', Applied Economics, vol. 45, pp. 2994 - 3010, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2012.690852
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Arcidiacono P; Foster G; Goodpaster N; Kinsler J, 2012, 'Estimating Spillovers using Panel Data, with an Application to the Classroom', Quantitative Economics, vol. 3, pp. 421 - 470, http://dx.doi.org/10.3982/QE145
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P; Johnston D, 2012, 'The triumph of hope over disappointment: A note on the utility value of good health expectations', Journal of Economic Psychology, vol. 33, pp. 208 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2011.09.010
    Journal articles | 2012
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2012, 'The Impact of International Students on Measured Learning and Standards in Australian Higher Education', Economics of Education Review, vol. 31, pp. 587 - 600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.03.003
    Journal articles | 2011
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2011, 'Academics as Educators in Australian Universities: Power, Perceptions, and Institutions', Economic Papers, vol. 30, pp. 568 - 575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1759-3441.2011.00142.x
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Frijters P, 2010, 'Students' Beliefs about Peer Effects', Economics Letters, vol. 108, pp. 260 - 263, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2010.05.020
    Journal articles | 2010
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2010, 'Teacher effects on student attrition and perforrmance in mass-market tertiary education', Higher Education, vol. 2010, pp. 301 - 319, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-009-9301-2
    Journal articles | 2009
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2009, 'A Diagrammatic Exposition of Regression and Instrumental Variables for th Beginning Student', Journal of Economic Education, vol. 40, pp. 278 - 296, http://dx.doi.org/10.3200/JECE.40.3.278-296
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2008, 'Names will Never Hurt Me: Racially identifiable names and identity in the undergraduate classroom', Social Science Research, vol. 37, pp. 934 - 952, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2008.02.004
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Kalenkoski CM; Foster G, 2008, 'The quality of time spent with children in Australian households', Review of Economics of the Household, vol. 6, pp. 243 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11150-008-9036-3
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Leach M; Pincombe J; Foster G, 2006, 'Clinical Efficacy of Horsechestnut Seed Extract in Venous Leg Ulcer Management', Journal of Wound Care, vol. 15, pp. 159 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/jowc.2006.15.4.26898
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Leach M; Pincombe J; Foster G, 2006, 'Using Horsechestnut Seed Extract in the Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers: A cost-benefit analysis', Ostomy Wound Management, vol. 52, pp. 68 - 78, http://www.o-wm.com/content/using-horsechestnut-seed-extract-treatment-venous-leg-ulcers-a-cost-benefit-analysis
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Shanahan M; Foster G; Erik , 2006, 'Operationalising a Threshold Concept in Economics: A Pilot Study Using Multiple Choice Questions on Opportunity Cost', International review of economics education, vol. 5, pp. 29 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1477-3880(15)30119-5
    Journal articles | 2006
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2006, 'It's not your peers, and it's not your friends: Some progress toward understanding the educational peer effect mechanism', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 90, pp. 1455 - 1475, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2005.12.001
    Journal articles | 2005
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G, 2005, 'Making Friends: A nonexperimental analysis of social pair formation', Human Relations, vol. 58, pp. 1443 - 1465, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726705061313
  • Conference Papers | 2018
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Coelli M; Foster G; Leigh A, 2018, 'Do School Principals Respond to Increased Public Scrutiny? New Survey Evidence from Australia', in Economic Record, pp. 73 - 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12400
    Working Papers |
    Professor Gigi Foster
    Foster G; Stratton L, Do Significant Labour Market Events Change Who Does the Laundry? Work, chore allocation, and power in Australian households, 2017-06, http://dx.doi.org

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