Leonora Risse

Dr Leonora Risse

Senior Lecturer in Economics

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COBL | School of Economics, Finance and Marketing


Emailleonora.risse@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +61 40136 0733


Campus: Melbourne City


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Leonora Risse wears a black dress and glasses she is smiling

Contact details

COBL | School of Economics, Finance and Marketing


Emailleonora.risse@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +61 40136 0733


Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

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Dr Leonora Risse is an economist who specialises in gender equality in the workforce.

Overview

Leonora is a Research Fellow with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and spent time in residence as Harvard University as a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Leonora is a co-founder of the Women in Economics Network and currently serves as the WEN National Chair.

She is currently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University. 

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Industry experience

Leonora previously served as Senior Research Economist for the Australian Government Productivity Commission.

Leonora is a co-founder of the Women in Economics Network in Australia. She currently serves as a member of the Central Council of Economic Society of Australia and the National Economic Panel of Economists.

She engages regularly with governments, industry and community groups to advise on how to apply a gender lens to economic analysis and policymaking, and how to design gender equitable policy.

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Research

Leonora's research focuses on gender equality in workforce outcomes and identifying evidence-based policies to close gender gaps. Her research experience expands to wellbeing and disadvantage, labour economics, demographic economics, education, and the use of psychology in economic analysis and policy.

Research keywords

Economics, Gender, Labour Markets, Equality

Research output summary

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Publications

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Projects

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Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Gender
  • Labour economics
  • Disadvantage and wellbeing

Feature publications

Do gender gaps in confidence explain gender gaps in wages?

Oxford Economic Papers. 70(4): 919-949

(Oxford Economics Papers Editor’s Choice and one of 5 'Most Read’ articles)

Risse, L., Farrell, L. & Fry, T.R.L. (2018).

Leaning in: Is higher confidence the key to women's career advancement? 

Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 23(1): 43-78

Risse, L. (2020).

The significance of financial self-efficacy in explaining women’s personal finance behaviour

Journal of Economic Psychology, 53: 85-99

Farrell, L., Fry, T.R.L. and Risse, L. (2016).

Key publications by year

  • Risse, L. and Jackson A. (2021) A gender lens on the workforce impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, Special Issue on COVID-19 and Gender, 24(2): 111-144.
  • Risse, L. (2020) Leaning in: Is higher confidence the key to women's career advancement? Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 23(1): 43-78
  • Hoffman, A.O.I. and Risse, L. (2020) Do good things come in pairs? How personality traits help explain individuals’ simultaneous pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and financially responsible behavior, Journal of Consumer Affairs, 54(3): 1082-1120
  • Risse, L. (2019) Economics and gender equality: A lens from within, Capitalism and Society, 14(1): 1-38
  • Mahadevan, R. and Risse, L. (2019) Are seniors today different from seniors a decade ago? International Journal of Hospitality Management, 83: 128-131
  • Mishra, A., Ray, R., and Risse, L. (2018) How does child disadvantage change with age? An analysis of Australian children, Journal of Human Capabilities and Development, 19(4): 477-498
  • Risse, L., Farrell, L. & Fry, T.R.L. (2018) Do gender gaps in confidence explain gender gaps in wages? Oxford Economic Papers, 70(4): 919-949 (Oxford Economics Papers Editor’s Choice and one of 5 'Most Read’ articles)
  • Mishra, A., Ray, R. and Risse, L. (2017) A multidimensional dynamic measure of child disadvantage: A methodological tool for policymakers, Social Indicators Research, 139: 1187-1218
  • Farrell, L., Fry, T.R.L. and Risse, L. (2016) The significance of financial self-efficacy in explaining women’s personal finance behaviour, Journal of Economic Psychology, 53: 85-99
  • Risse, L. (2010) “And one for the country” The effect of the Baby Bonus on Australian women’s childbearing intentions, Journal of Population Research, 27(3): 213-240
  • Risse, L. (2006) Does maternity leave encourage higher birth rates? An analysis of the Australian labour force, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 9(4): 343-370
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Feature projects

Creation of Gender Equality Evidence Hub

Funded by the Trawalla Foundation and supported by the Women's Leadership Institute Australia

2021

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Awards

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy globally in 2021

Award date: 2021

Recipients: Leonora Risse

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Grants

  • Leonora was awarded Research Fellowship by the Women's Leadership Institute Australia in 2021. This grant will support the creation of a Gender Equality Evidence Hub for Australia.
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Public and media engagements

2021

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.