Cain completed his PhD at Monash University in 2010 and since joining the Melbourne Institute has focused his research on issues related to the economics of education. His research interests centre on measuring the benefits of education and evaluating the efficacy of measures to improve the engagement in, and outcomes from, education. A key aspect of Cain’s research is in trying to estimate causal relationships to inform contemporary policy debate. Prior to undertaking his PhD, Cain worked as a Senior Research Economist with the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government’s principle independent research and advisory body on microeconomic reform.
His research interests include education economics, applied microecometric analysis, youth transition, program evaluation and labour economics.
Currently, Cain is working on issues related to student choice and the functioning and design of education markets.