Position

Senior Research Fellow
National Institute of Labour Studies

Biography

Dr Zhang Wei is an economist. He joined NILS as a research fellow in February 2009. Prior to joining NILS, Zhang Wei had completed his Ph. D. in Economics at the University of Adelaide. He had been employed as an associate lecturer (2005-2008) and research assistant (2004-2005) by the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide.

Qualifications

Ph. D. Economics, the University of Adelaide, Australia, 2009

Master of Economics, the University of Adelaide, Australia, 2005

Bachelor of Economics, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China, 2003

Bachelor of Laws, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China, 2003

Research interests

Zhang Wei's research interests are in the areas of labour economics, health economics, education economics, international trade, and applied game theory. He is currently working on a number of projects on the topics of the evaluation of the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, ageing and retirement, work and health, job mismatches and impacts of education on labour market outcomes.

In recent years, he has involved in a project funded by the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, focusing on the impacts of the ageing of the population on the productivity and economic security in Australia and three projects funded by NCVER, focusing on the impacts of job mismatches on the labour market outcomes in Australia and job mobility of new VET completers. In addition, he has contributed to commissioned research projects for Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Service Skills Australia.

Supervisory interests

  • Ageing and retirement
  • Education economics
  • Job mismatch
  • Labour economics
  • Work and health

Publications

  • Mavromaras, K., Knight, G.M., Isherwood, L.M., Crettenden, A.D., Flavel, J.M., Karmel, T., et al. (2017). The 2016 National Aged Care Census and Survey - The Aged Care Workforce, 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
    [Web Link]
  • Healy, J., Karmel, T., Mavromaras, K. and Wei, Z. (2015). Skills needs of the service industries. Sydney: Service Skills Australia.
  • Wei, Z. and Knight, G. (2014). Use of agency staff in residential aged care. Melbourne: Recruitment & Consulting Services Association Australia & New Zealand.
  • King, D., Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z., He, B., Healy, J., Macaitis, K., et al. (2013). The aged care workforce, 2012. Canberra: Australian Government of Health and Ageing.
  • Mavromaras, K., Healy, J., Richardson, S., Sloane, P., Wei, Z. and Zhu, R. (2013). A system for monitoring shortages and surplus in the market for skills. Canberra: Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S. and Wei, Z. (2013). Labour mobility and vocational education and training in Australia. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S. and Wei, Z. (2013). Young veterans' transitions to civilian occupations: the role of further education. Canberra: Department of Veterans' Affairs.
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2012). The persistence of overskilling and its effects on wages. Adelaide: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    [Web Link]
  • Mavromaras, K., McGuinness, S., Richardson, S., Sloane, P.J. and Wei, Z. (2011). Over-skilling and job satisfaction in the Australian labour force. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    [Web Link]
  • Hancock, K., Healy, J., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2011). Public sector pay and productivity. Melbourne: The Community and Public Sector Union, Victoria.
    [Web Link]
  • Sobels, J., Richardson, S., Turner, G., Maude, A.M., tan, Y., Beer, A.P., et al. (2010). Long-Term Physical Implications of Net Overseas Migration:Australia in 2050. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • Tan, Y., Richardson, S., Fitzpatrick, D. and Wei, Z. (2010). Review of approach to skilled and business migration in South Australia. Adelaide: Department of Trade and Economic Development of the Government of South Australia.
  • Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2015). The dynamic effect of disability on work and subjective well-being in Australia. In Scottish Economic Society 2015 Annual Conference Programme. Perth, UK: Scottish Economic Society. Scottish Economic Society 2015 Annual Conference. UK. Apr 2015.
  • Mavromaras, K. and Wei, Z. (2014). Work and Retirement: the role of job satisfaction. In 24th Australian Labour Market Research Conference. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne. 24th Australian Labour Market Research Conference.
  • Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2015). The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Work and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia. The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Work and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia. 9609
    [Web Link]
  • Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z. and Zhu, R. (2014). An examination of the effect of wealth and earned income on the decision to retire in Australia. Working paper no 208, National Institute of Labour Studies.
  • Knight, G. and Wei, Z. (2014). Labour mobility and public-private earning and job-satisfaction in Australia. Working paper no 204, National Institute of Labour Studies, pp. 1-28.
  • Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z. and He, B. (2012). Educational pathways and labour market outcomes: evidence on Australian university graduates. Working paper no 193, National Institute of Labour Studies.
  • Clark, A., Mavromaras, K. and Wei, Z. (2015). Happy to stay: Job satisfaction and retirement. In Scottish Economic Society 24th Annual Conference Programme (2015) Perth, UK: Scottish Economic Society. Scottish Economic Society 2015 Annual Conference. Melbourne. Apr 2015.
  • Mahuteau, S., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2014). Horizontal and vertical educational mismatch and wages. In 25th Australian Labour Market Research. Melbourne: Melbourne Institute. 25th Australian Labour Market Research. The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia. Nov 2014.
  • Bender, K., Mavromaras, K., Theodossiou, I. and Wei, Z. (2011). The effects of wealth and earned income on the decision to retire: A dynamic probit examination of retirement. In The Econometric Society Australasian Meeting. Adelaide, SA: Econometric Society Australasian Meeting. 2011 Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society. Adelaide. Jul 2011.
  • King, D.S., Svensson, S. and Wei, Z. (2016). Not Always a Quick Fix: The Impact of Employing Temporary Agency Workers on Retention in the Australian Aged Care Workforce. Journal of Industrial Relations,
    [10.1177/0022185616673867]
  • Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2015). The scarring effects of unemployment, low pay and skills under-utilization in Australia compared. Applied Economics, 47(23) pp. 2413-2429.
    [10.1080/00036846.2015.1008762] [Scopus]
  • Knight, G.M. and Wei, Z. (2015). Isolating the determinants of temporary agency worker use by firms: an analysis of temporary agency workers in Australian aged care. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 18(2) pp. 205-237.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2014). Disability, job mismatch, earnings and job satisfaction in Australia. CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, 38(5) pp. 1221-1246.
    [10.1093/cje/beu014] [Scopus]
  • King, D., Wei, Z. and Howe, A. (2013). Work satisfaction and intention to leave among direct care workers in community and residential aged care in Australia. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 25(4) pp. 301-319.
    [10.1080/08959420.2013.816166] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2013). The effect of overskilling dynamics on wages. Education Economics, 21(3) pp. 281-303.
    [10.1080/09645292.2013.797382] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., McGuinness, S., O'Leary, N., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2013). Job mismatches and labour market outcomes: Panel evidence on university graduates. Economic Record, 89(286) pp. 382-395.
    [10.1111/1475-4932.12054] [Scopus]
  • Howe, A., King, D., Ellis, J., Wells, Y., Wei, Z. and Teshuva, K. (2012). Stabilising the aged care workforce: an analysis of worker retention and intention. Australian Health Review, 36(1) pp. 83-91.
    [10.1071/AH11009] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2012). The role of education pathways in the relationship between job mismatch, wages and job satisfaction: a panel estimation approach. Education Economics, 20(3) pp. 303-321.
    [10.1080/09645292.2012.672556] [Scopus]
  • Wei, Z. (2011). Regional Trade Liberalisation: A Theoretical Review on Dynamic Time-path and Stability Issues. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 25(1) pp. 1-14.
    [10.1111/j.1467-8411.2011.01282.x] [Scopus]
  • Wei, Z. and Richardson, S. (2010). Are Older Workers Less Productive? A Case Study of Aged Care Workers in Australia. Economic Record, 86(Special) pp. 115-123.
    [10.1111/j.1475-4932.2010.00665.x] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S. and Wei, Z. (2013). Labour mobility and vocational education and training in Australia. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
  • King, D., Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z., He, B., Healy, J., Macaitis, K., et al. (2013). The aged care workforce, 2012. Canberra: Australian Government of Health and Ageing.
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2012). The persistence of overskilling and its effects on wages. Adelaide: National Centre for Vocational Education Research.
    [Web Link]
  • King, D.S., Svensson, S. and Wei, Z. (2016). Not Always a Quick Fix: The Impact of Employing Temporary Agency Workers on Retention in the Australian Aged Care Workforce. Journal of Industrial Relations,
    [10.1177/0022185616673867]
  • Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2015). The scarring effects of unemployment, low pay and skills under-utilization in Australia compared. Applied Economics, 47(23) pp. 2413-2429.
    [10.1080/00036846.2015.1008762] [Scopus]
  • Knight, G.M. and Wei, Z. (2015). Isolating the determinants of temporary agency worker use by firms: an analysis of temporary agency workers in Australian aged care. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 18(2) pp. 205-237.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2014). Disability, job mismatch, earnings and job satisfaction in Australia. CAMBRIDGE JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS, 38(5) pp. 1221-1246.
    [10.1093/cje/beu014] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., McGuinness, S., O'Leary, N., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2013). Job mismatches and labour market outcomes: Panel evidence on university graduates. Economic Record, 89(286) pp. 382-395.
    [10.1111/1475-4932.12054] [Scopus]
  • Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S., Sloane, P. and Wei, Z. (2013). The effect of overskilling dynamics on wages. Education Economics, 21(3) pp. 281-303.
    [10.1080/09645292.2013.797382] [Scopus]
  • King, D., Wei, Z. and Howe, A. (2013). Work satisfaction and intention to leave among direct care workers in community and residential aged care in Australia. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 25(4) pp. 301-319.
    [10.1080/08959420.2013.816166] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Referee for Economic Journal; Industrial Relations; Social Science & Medicine – Population Health; Economic Record; Education Economics; Singapore Economic Review; Australian Economic Papers; Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management

Committee member of the SA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia since 2010

Founding committee member of the Young Economists Group SA since 2012

Young Economists founding federal committee member since 2013

Website administrator of the SA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia since 2013

Apprentice panel member of the Faculty Research Grant (FRG) 2013

Board member of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences since 2014

National Institute of Labour Studies seminar organisor since 2014

Secretary of the SA Branch of the Economic Society of Australia since 2015

Organising committee member and scientific committee member of Australian Labour Market Research Workshop 2014, 2015

Organising committee member of Australian Conference of Economists 2016

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