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Senior Research Fellow, specialising in big data, The University of Melbourne

Dr Cain Polidano is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. His research involves the use of big data to understand the causal factors that shape the life trajectories of disadvantaged Australians, especially in the spheres of education, employment and retirement policy. Currently he is working on an ARC Linkage Grant with the Australian Taxation Office to understand the impacts of retirement policies that have shifted emphasis from public to private sources of retirement income. Findings from this study will inform policy, ensuring both sustainability and adequacy of future retirement incomes. Prior to completing a PhD in Econometrics and Monash University in 2010, Cain worked as a senior research economist with the Productivity Commission.


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    ?, University of Melbourne