Researcher

Professor Massimiliano Tani Bertuol

My Expertise

labour market, human capital, migration, labour mobility, productivity, knowledge sharing, economic growth, higher education, schooling, economic decisions, data analysis, interaction technology-humans.

Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students  who achieved H1 /High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, contact me at

Biography

I carry out applied research with an economic angle and business/policy implications, mostly related to how knowledge forms and what actions enhance it. For example, I have analysed whether mobility improves productive knowledge at individual, organisational, and national level; whether visiting and being visited have different effects on productivity (and what travel budgets should promote!); what prevents the full use of foreign-trained...view more

I carry out applied research with an economic angle and business/policy implications, mostly related to how knowledge forms and what actions enhance it. For example, I have analysed whether mobility improves productive knowledge at individual, organisational, and national level; whether visiting and being visited have different effects on productivity (and what travel budgets should promote!); what prevents the full use of foreign-trained migrants' human capital  in the destination country; whether presenting topics as stories unfolding in documentaries rather than video-lectures improve students' cognitive skills; and whether a small teaching innovation increases the in-class participation of Asian students in Australian classrooms. I also carry out more traditional analyses about the labour market including employment choices facing migrants, rural-urban migration in China, the labour market for graduates, employment and subjective well-being, and depression pointers among students in medicine and law. 

I enjoy data-intensive work to establish correlations as well as cause-effect relationships, including those emerging from small-scale experiments. I work with both cross-sectional and panel data techniques. My work generally uses well-known secondary data from national statistical offices but have organised the collection of primary data from travellers at Australia's main airports (more than 20 surveyers!) and students in Australia and Singapore (over 5,000 respondents). 

I teach/taught macroeconomics as well as finance at both undergraduate and graduate level in face-to-face and distance mode. My education includes a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), a MSc Econ from the LSE and Laurea from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). Before moving to Australia in 1999 I had a previous life in investment banking in the UK. 

Current affiliations:

2015-present: Professor, School of Business, UNSW Canberra

2005-present: Research Fellow, Institute for the Future of Labor (IZA), Germany

2018-present: Associate Member, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University

2016-present: Research Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO), Maastricht, Netherlands

 

 

Employment history:

2015-present: Professor, School of Business, UNSW Canberra

2014-2015: Senior Research Associate, IZA, Bonn, Germany

2007-2013: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University

2002-2007: Senior Lecturer, School of Business, UNSW Canberra


My Grants

Grants 2019:

ARC DP (2019): $478,000. F Guo, L Taksa, Z Cheng, M Tani, L Liu and KF Zimmermann. Demographic and Social Dimensions of Migrant Ageing and Wellbeing in Australia

NUW Alliance (2019): $73,367 - M Tani, Z Cheng, TYC Ching​, L Si, S Mendolia, A Paloyo, MC Flynn and D Savage. The Effects of Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention on Academic Outcomes in Children with Hearing Loss.

 


My Qualifications

PhD in Economics - ANU (2003)

MSc Economics - LSE (1992)

BA Business/Economics - Bocconi (1989)


My Awards

2011: Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence  (only 1 award was given out) 

2011: Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence for teaching economics (1 award was given out for each faculty)


My Research Activities

Currently working on:

1. labour market incentives and teaching as career choice

2. land rights and behavioural / financial decisions in China

3. occupational licensing and under-use of human capital

4. household migration decisions and effects

5. interactions AI-humans

6. labour mobility and productivity

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Labour markets, productivity, human capital, AI and interaction with humans, higher education, schooling


Currently supervising

PhD:  

submitted (with M O'Donnell and D Prior): F Jalavand - The Implications of Corporate Social Responsibility on Defensive and Proactive Corporate Human Rights Approaches: A Theoretical and Empirical Contribution

current (with K Sharpe): A Valentine - The labour market for CEO's

Scientia PhD scholarship 2020 (with S Cook and Z Cheng): TBA - How does Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace Affect Employee Wellbeing?


My Teaching

ZBUS 8149 - Introduction to Finance

ZBUS 8105 - Finance and Investment Appraisal

Professional Executive Courses: 'Make cost-benefit analysis work for you'; 'Communicate effectively using data'

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Contact

+61 2 6268 8843