Dr Sarah Walker
Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarah Walker

  • (2015) PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • (2009) Master's of Arts in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco
  • (2004) Bachelor's of Arts in Economics and International Relations (dual degree) from Michigan State University
Business School
School of Economics

Sarah is an applied microeconomist. Her research focuses on development, economic history, culture and institutions, and the intersection of these topics with the environment. She received her PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2015 and shortly thereafter joined the School of Economics at UNSW Sydney. Sarah has previously held consultancies with the World Bank, and prior to her academic career, worked for several years in boutique financial services. She now serves on the executive committee for the Adasina Social Justice fund.

Recently, Sarah was awarded the Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She is also a 2020 recipient of the Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

You can find her personal website here

  • Journal articles | 2023
    Andrieş AM; Walker S, 2023, 'When the message hurts: The unintended impacts of nudges on saving', Journal of Comparative Economics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2023.01.002
    Journal articles | 2022
    Baranov V; Grosjean P; Khan FJ; Walker S, 2022, 'The impact of COVID-related economic shocks on household mental health in Pakistan', Health Economics (United Kingdom), vol. 31, pp. 2208 - 2228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.4571
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bose G; Jain T; Walker S, 2022, 'Women's labor force participation and household technology adoption', European Economic Review, vol. 147, pp. 104181 - 104181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2022.104181
    Journal articles | 2022
    Munro PG; Samarakoon S; Hansen UE; Kearnes M; Bruce A; Cross J; Walker S; Zalengera C, 2022, 'Towards a repair research agenda for off-grid solar e-waste in the Global South', Nature Energy, pp. 1 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-01103-9
    Journal articles | 2021
    Walker S, 2021, 'The Origins of Asset Management from 1700 to 1960: Towering Investors', JOURNAL OF PENSION ECONOMICS & FINANCE, vol. 21, pp. 665 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474747221000275
    Journal articles | 2020
    Walker S, 2020, 'Historical legacies in savings: Evidence from Romania', Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 48, pp. 76 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2019.11.003
    Journal articles | 2019
    Alix-Garcia J; Walker S; Bartlett A, 2019, 'Assessing the direct and spillover effects of shocks to refugee remittances', World Development, vol. 121, pp. 63 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.04.015
    Journal articles | 2019
    Munro PG; Bartlett AL; Dhizaala JT; Laloyo SA; Oswin SO; Walker S, 2019, 'International fieldschool reciprocity: using a whole-of-university approach to create positive change in Northern Uganda', Higher Education Research & Development, vol. 38, pp. 1461 - 1474., http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1657071
    Journal articles | 2018
    Alix-Garcia J; Walker S; Bartlett A; Onder H; Sanghi A, 2018, 'Do refugee camps help or hurt hosts? The case of Kakuma, Kenya', Journal of Development Economics, vol. 130, pp. 66 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2017.09.005
    Journal articles | 2018
    Alix-Garcia J; Walker S; Radeloff V; Kozak J, 2018, 'Tariffs and trees: The effects of the Austro-Hungarian customs union on specialization and land-use change', Journal of Economic History, vol. 78, pp. 1142 - 1178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022050718000554
    Journal articles | 2018
    Walker S, 2018, 'Cultural barriers to market integration: Evidence from 19th century Austria', Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 46, pp. 1122 - 1145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2018.05.001
    Journal articles | 2015
    Walker S; Butsic V; Baumann M; Shortland A; Kuemmerle T, 2015, 'Conservation and Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: the Impacts of Warfare, Mining, & Protected Areas on Deforestation', Biological Conservation, vol. 191, pp. 266 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.037
    Journal articles | 2014
    Munteanu C; Kuemmerle T; Boltiziar M; Butsic V; Gimmi U; Lúboš Halada ; Kaim D; Király G; Konkoly-Gyuró E; Kozak J; Lieskovský J; Mojses M; Müller D; Ostafin K; Ostapowicz K; Shandra O; Štych P; Walker S; Radeloff VC, 2014, 'Forest and agricultural land change in the Carpathian region-A meta-analysis of long-term patterns and drivers of change', Land Use Policy, vol. 38, pp. 685 - 697, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.01.012
    Journal articles | 2013
    Walker S; Meredith J; Robinson J; Wydick B, 2013, 'Keeping the Doctor Away: Experimental Evidence on Investment in Preventative Health Products', Journal of Development Economics, vol. 105, pp. 196 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2013.08.003
  • Working Papers | 2022
    Cassar A; Cristia A; Grosjean P; Walker S, 2022, It Makes a Village: Allomaternal Care and Prosociality, 2022-06, http://dx.doi.org, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4285074
    Working Papers | 2022
    Masera F; Rosenberg M; Walker S, 2022, The Power of Narratives: Anti-Black Violence in the US South, 4009956, http://dx.doi.org, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4009956
    Working Papers | 2022
    Walker S; Alix-Garcia J; Bartlett A; Van Den Hoek J; Friedrich HK; Murillo-Sandoval PJ; Isoto R, 2022, Overlapping land rights and deforestation in Uganda: 20 years of evidence, 4090219, http://dx.doi.org, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4090219
    Working Papers | 2020
    Bose G; Walker S; Jain T, 2020, Women's Labor Force Participation and Household Technology Adoption, http://dx.doi.org10.2139/ssrn.3520613, http://ssrn.com/abstract=3520613
  • Preprints |
    Andries AM; Walker S, When the Message Hurts the Unintended Impacts of Nudges on Saving, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3984026
    Preprints |
    Baranov V; Grosjean PA; Khan FJ; Walker S, The economic impacts of COVID-19 on household mental health: Panel evidence from Pakistan, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3939587

  • (2020) Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA)
  • (2020) UNSW Business School Special Research Grant ($25,000)
  • (2019) ARC Discovery Project ($579,000 with Jennifer Alix-Garcia and Anne Bartlett)
  • (2018) UNSW Business School Special Research Grant ($24,923 with Anne Bartlett and Paul Munro)
  • (2018) Centre for Social Impact ($9,969 with Pauline Grosjean)
  • (2018) UNSW Linkage Seed Grant ($40,000 with Pauline Grosjean)
  • (2016) UNSW Business School Small Research Grant ($9,980)
  • (2016) UNSW BizLab Faculty Grant ($4,600)

  • (2020) Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research - Australian Academy of Social Sciences
  • (2018) UNSW Business School Global Impact Award 
  • (2018) UNSW President's Award for Collaboration (with Anne Bartlett)

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion representative for the School of Economics (2020 to present)
  • Executive committee member for the Adasina Social Justice Index (2020 to present)
  • Co-lead for the UNSW Peace and Conflict project in Northern Uganda through the Institute for Global Development (2017-18)
  • Short term consultant to the World Bankf or the Turkana Economic and Social Impact Analysis (2015-16)
  • Journal referee for: Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, World Development, Labour Economics.