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Professor Alberto Posso

College/PortfolioBusiness, RMIT
School/DepartmentEconomics, Finance and Marketing
CampusMelbourne City Campus
Contact me aboutResearch and research supervision

Professor of Economics with expertise in development economics, labour economics and applied econometrics.

Alberto Posso is a Professor of Economics at the International Development & Trade Research Group in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia.

Alberto holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) with specialisations in labour economics, economic development, international trade and applied econometrics. Geographically, his research focuses on East Asia, Latin America and the Pacific.

  • Development Economics
  • Labour economics
  • International economics
  • Education
  • Child labour
  • Poverty, inequality, and vulnerability
  • Health
  • Panel data econometrics
  • Microeconometrics
  • Survey design and analysis

PhD Development Economics from the Australian National University.

Thesis topic: Trade Liberalisation and Labour Market Outcomes in Asia and Latin America


Zhang, S.Q. and Alberto Posso (2019), ‘Thinking inside the box: A closer look at financial inclusion and household income’ Journal of Development Studies 55(7), pp.1616-1631.  []

Posso, Alberto (2019), ‘The health consequences of hazardous and nonhazardous child labor’, Review of Development Economics 23(2), pp.619-639. []

Posso, Alberto and Simon Feeny (2016), ‘Beyond Enrolments: The Determinants of Primary School Attendance in Melanesia’ Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 21(4), 531-548 . []

Posso, Alberto (2015), ‘Remittances and Financial Institutions: Is there a causal linkage?’ The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics 15(2), 769-789. []

Feeny, Simon, Lachlan McDonald and Alberto Posso (2014), ‘Are Poor People Less Happy? Findings from Melanesia’ World Development 64, 448-459. [].

Posso, Alberto (2012), ‘Remittances and Aggregate Labour Supply: Evidence from 66 Developing Nations’ The Developing Economies 50 (1), 25-39. []

 Leigh, Andrew and Alberto Posso (2009), ‘Top income and national savings’, The Review of Income and Wealth 55 (1), 57-74. []

‘Are pro-business policies also pro-poor? Cross-country evidence from Asia and the Pacific’. United Nations Global Compact (2019).

‘Policy drivers of low income growth: Evidence from APEC Economies’ (with Simon Feeny and Sefa Awaworyi Churchill). APEC Papua New Guinea Co-ordination Authority (2018).

‘Quantitative Study on the Influence of Child Sponsorship on Development Outcomes’ (with Gill Westhorp, Simon Feeny, and Sefa Awaworyi Churchill). Plan International (2018).

‘The benefits of cataract removal and restoring sight in Vietnam: moving beyond income.’ (with Simon Feeny). Fred Hollows Foundation Research Grant (2016).

‘Regional Coastal Adaptation Framework for Port Phillip Bay’ (with Michael Nolan, Helen Scott, Karyn Bosomworth, Lalitha Ramachandran, Mahesh Prakash, Judy Rogers, Karolina Bartkowicz, Ben McMenamin, Paul Lewis, and Fletcher Woolard). City of Port Phillip (2016).

‘Enhancing labour mobility in the APEC region’ (with Douglas Brooks and Bekzod Abdullaev). Department of Employment (Commonwealth of Australia) (2015).

‘Economic shocks: reducing vulnerability and increasing resilience in the Pacific’ (with Simon Feeny, Mili Kaitani, Manoranjan Mohanty, Vijay Naidu, Heather Wallace, Matthew Clarke, and May Miller-Dawkins). Australian Development Research Awards (ADRA), Australian Agency for International Development (2009-2011).