The life course perspective provides a tremendously powerful framework for understanding economic and social disadvantage and for integrating foundational research across multiple disciplines. I am especially excited about the opportunities for collaboration within the Life Course Centre.

David Ribar is Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the Economic and Social Disadvantage Research Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. David leads the Research Linkages Portfolio in the Life Course Centre.

David has a PhD in Economics from Brown University. Prior to joining the Melbourne Institute in 2014, he served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The George Washington University, and the Pennsylvania State University and held one-year positions at the US Census Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families. He serves as a co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal, a deputy editor of Demography, an associate editor at the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household, and on the council of the European Society for Population Economics. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA).

David’s research focuses on family structure, homelessness, food and financial hardships, the causes and consequences of economic disadvantage, and programs to alleviate disadvantage and foster wellbeing. He has also conducted research on child care, the consequences of teenage fertility, the economic motivations behind public and private transfers, people’s time use, and other topics. He has published in the American Economic ReviewAmerican Sociological ReviewJournal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Human ResourcesJournal of Labor EconomicsJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of Population EconomicsDemography, and other journals.

Key Information


Chief Investigator | Portfolio Leader: Research Linkages


Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University

University Affiliation:

University of Melbourne

Primary Organization:

The University of Melbourne