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The Australian National University

Dr Matthew Manning Manning

B.Com (Economics), MA (Hons), PhD
Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Crime Policy 160504
  • Applied Economics 1402
  • Criminology 1602
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime 160201


Dr Matthew Manning is an applied microeconomist who focuses predominantly on the economics of crime and enforcement. Matthew was previously Director of Griffith University’s Social and Economic Research Program, and an economist in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Matthew’s research involves using economic methods for measuring outcomes associated with crime prevention programs and policies. Matthew also adapts economic methods for analysing complex problems for the development of better policy. Over the last ten years, Matthew has conducted a number of economic analyses for government and non-government organisations. Matthew has published in areas such as juvenile justice, crime prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, police legitimacy and wellbeing/life satisfaction. Matthew is currently the co-editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues

Researcher's projects

Current projects

Evaluation, Aboriginal Children and Family Justice Project. Funded by Jesuit Social Services, Victoria

Economic analysis of the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing. Funded by Griffith University

CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing in Disadvantaged Communities. Funded by Department of Social Services

Development of a flexible smart criminal justice cost-benefit tool: Does crime prevention pay? Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) Cross-College grant with funding from RSSS, the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Research School of Computer Science and the Jill Dando Institute Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London

Recent projects completed

Manning, M. (2016). Review of the WSIPP Model. NSW Treasury and the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Gray, M., Biddle, N., Manning, M., Bray, R., Kellard, K., Owen, C., Paddon, H. (2016-2017). Evaluation of the Outsourcing Pilot of Comcare Claims. Department of Employment, Commonwealth of Australia

Manning, M., Payne, J., Fleming, C., Makkai, T. (2015-2016). Determining the cost of alcohol to law enforcement. National Drug and Law Enforcement Research Fund

Homel, R., Dempster, N. Tilbury, C., & Manning, M. (2013-15). Creating conditions for collective impact: Transforming the child serving system in disadvantaged communities. ARC Linkage grant (LP130100142)

Laycock, G., Hough, M., Fyfe, N...Manning, M. University consortium for evidence-based crime reduction. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant (2014-2015) – Project economist

Manning, M., Fleming, C. (2014). An analysis of the impact of arrest with other processes on crime rates and recidivism in New South Wales. Funded by New South Wales Police and the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) (2014)

Manning, M., Smith, C., Fleming, C., & Mazerolle, P. (2013). Cost of alcohol misuse to NSW government services. Funded by NSW Government Audit Office

Garvis, S., Manning, M. (2013). Do teacher's education levels matter? Establishing an understanding of quality of care and education funded kindergarten programs

Manning, M. (2012). Benefit-cost analysis of the Logan Beenleigh young person project: The next step (TNS). Funded by Queensland Department of Communities Evidence and Modelling Unit

Tiernan, A., Smith, C., Fleming, C., Manning, M. & Guest, R. (2011). A betterment cost-benefit framework and methodology. Funded by Queensland Department of Community Safety

Mazerolle, L., Bennett, S. & Manning, M. (2009). Systematic review of procedural justice (SS13). Funded by U.K. National Policing Improvement Agency

Mazerolle, L., Bennett, S., & Manning, M. (2009). Systematic review of serious crime investigations (SS21). Funded by U.K. National Policing Improvement Agency

Current student projects

PhD Student Projects

1.Tsz Wah Wong - A Multi-criteria Framework to Analyze Drug Policies on Illicit Psychoactive     Drug Abuse among Adolescence: A Comparison of Australia and Hong Kong.

2. Margarita Vorsina - The economic roots of terrorism.

3. Dae Woon Kim (Graduated 2015) - Policing private security: A comparative study of security industry regulation in New South Wales and Queensland.

4. Do Trung Nguyen (under examination) - Critical success factors for PPPs transport infrastructure in Vietnam.

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