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Author's Name: Susan Thorp
Date: Tue 04 May 2021

Susan Thorp

Susan Thorp

Susan Thorp is Professor of Finance, Associate Dean Research and Research Education in the Business School. She has previously held positions at the University of Technology Sydney and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Susan has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales.

Susan researches household and consumer finance focussing on retirement savings and decumulation. She uses theoretical, empirical and experimental techniques to understand financial decision making. Much of this research has tested the way decision makers respond to advice, disclosures and choice architecture.

Financial econometrics is another concentration of Susan’s research. She has studied the increased integration that occurs in financial markets during crises.

Susan has published over 45 papers in international academic journals. She has led and participated in grant projects attracting over $4 million dollars in public and industry funding. She is also a regular contributor to consumer finance and superannuation policy discussions, and her research is cited by major public reviews and inquiries.

Susan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Mercer CFA Global Pensions Index, an annually compiled internationally recognised index of pension system quality, a member of the ASIC Consultative committee and a member of the Research Committee of the OECD/International Network on Financial Education.

Subject Area Expertise

Consumer Finance, Superannuation


Responses (2)

Promoting vaccination uptake in Australia

Poll 49

"What measures should Australian governments adopt to promote demand for vaccination once supply is no longer a constraint?"

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Vaccine passports for higher-risk settings (eg. flights, restaurants, major events);National advertising campaigns;Mandatory vaccination for higher risk occupations

Cash incentives might encourage people who are avoiding a vaccination because of inconvenience or discomfort to take the jab more quickly but cash from a government is unlikely to change the minds of those who are really hesitant. It would also possibly set a precedent. Would people expect another cash incentive in future for COVID vaccination boosters or for flu shots or childhood diseases?

The Federal Budget May 2021

Poll 46

"On May 11, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to 'secure Australia's economic recovery and build for the future'.  What grade would you give the budget given that objective, A, B, C, D, E, F?"

Photo credit Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND




Several of the headline policies in the budget, such as increased spending on aged care, are heading in the right direction but face challenges of implementation. And despite the benefits of ongoing expansionary fiscal policy, the budget fails to direct certainty and support to two major export sector, tourism and universities.