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Alexandra de Gendre

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economics, University of Sydney

I am an academic economist interested in the economics of education and applied micro-econometrics. My research focuses broadly on the causes and consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage in education, especially on parental engagement and social interactions in schools. In my research I develop and apply econometrics procedures for causal inference and policy evaluation. I use these methods in my research with administrative and survey data from Australia, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands in March 2021, where I was supervised by Prof. Olivier Marie. Before my PhD, I received a M.Sc. degree in Statistics from Ensai in France, and a dual M.Sc. in Economics from Humboldt University in Germany.

I am currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Sydney, where I work with Prof. Stefanie Schurer. In this role, I study the impact of Australia family welfare policies on children's early health outcomes, human capital and contacts with Child Protection Services.

I am a Research Affiliate at IZA since July 2018, and a Research Affiliate at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC) since May 2018.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economics, University of Sydney


  • 2021 
    Maastricht University, Economics