Professor Alison L Booth

BArch; MSc (Econ), PhD (Econ), London School of Economics
Professor of Economics
College of Asia & the Pacific and College of Business& Economics

Areas of expertise

  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing 1904

Research interests

Alison Booth's current research interests include cultural influences on economic preferences and their impact on economic outcomes, and the economics of gender. She is also interested in imperfect competition and the labour market.

Booth's downloadable research papers can be viewed at: and her VoxEU columns can be viewed at:

Booth's novels can be viewed at:


Alison Booth is Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, the IZA Bonn, and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nürnberg. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and she obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics in 1984.

In 2019, Booth was elected Fellow of the Econometric Society. Booth was President of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) 2006-2008, and became an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. She was head of the ANU’s Economics Program RSSS 2008-2009, and was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics from 1999-2004. 

Booth works on labour market and behavioural economics topics. Her book, The Economics of the Trade Union, Cambridge University Press (reprinted 2002) was a Princeton University Economics Book of the Year in 1996. She has held many research grants, including from the Australian Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council. Currently she is Associate Editor of the Palgrave Dictionary, and is on editorial boards of the Economic Record, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labour Economics.

Booth has published in international refereed journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economics Association, the European Economic Review, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation. The publications below are those since she joined the ANU in 2002. Her CV is at:


Researcher's projects











CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP130103580. ‘Optimal taxation when the allocation of time matters’.  $178,886.  With Maria Racionero  and Pierre Pestieau


CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP1094021. ‘Taxation, family policy and pension reform in an uncertain economy’. $580,000. With P. Apps, R. Breunig, R. Rees and A. van Soest.



Principal CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0878205 ‘Work-related Training in Australia’. $142,379.



CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0556740 ‘Modelling the Labour Market and the Impact of the Tax-benefit System on Employment and GDP’. $319,000. With Profs. P. Apps and R. Rees.



British Government Intellectual Diplomacy Award, The British Embassy, Buenos Aries, Argentina.



Principal CI for Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant DP0449887 ‘Modelling the Impact of Home and Market Productivities on Employment Status, Part-time and Full-time Wages and Household Formation’. $280,000. With Prof. M. Coles.



Projects and Grants

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