Dr Yonatan Dinku

PhD Economics Otago; MA Int. & Dev't Economics ANU; BA Economics AAU
Research Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61261253875

Areas of expertise

  • Econometric And Statistical Methods 140302
  • Health Economics 140208
  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Applied Economics 1402

Research interests

  • Child development
  • Labour market outcomes
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy
  • Impact evaluation of social policies
  • Social capital and neighbourhood effects
  • Health and well-being


Yonatan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Otago. He has completed a master's in International and Development Economics at the Australian National University. Yonatan worked as a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Bahir Dar University and taught Introductory Econometrics at the University of Otago. 

Yonatan has extensive expertise in quantitative modelling and analysis. His PhD project involved the application of quasi-experimental designs (instrumental variables estimation, propensity score matching and fixed-effects estimation) to large scale longitudinal and pooled-panel datasets to identify key determinants of child wellbeing and human capital. Since 2018, Yonatan’s research has focused on Indigenous life outcomes, such as employment, health and wellbeing. In his research, Yonatan has extensively applied advanced quantitative analysis techniques to Indigenous data sourced from survey, administrative and census collections.

Yonatan's research interests lie in the areas of Indigenous wellbeing, human development, development economics and applied microeconomics.




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