Our Team

The e61 Institute is passionate about developing Australia’s talent pool in the field of economics and econometrics.

We welcome applications from candidates that are intellectually curious and have an outstanding track record, who want to develop their research skills while working on the most interesting economic challenges in the private and public sectors.

Team

Gianni La Cava is a Research Director of e61 Institute and a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University
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Gianni La Cava

Research Director

Dan Andrews is a Program Director for Productivity at the e61 Institute.
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Dan Andrews

Program Director

Jo Wood is an Operations Director at the e61 Institute.
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Jo Wood

Operations Director

Adam Triggs is a Senior Research Manager at the e61 Institute.
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Adam Triggs

Senior Research Manager

Matt Nolan is a Research Manager at the e61 Institute.
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Matt Nolan

Research Manager

Lachlan Vass is a Research Manager at the e61 Institute.
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Lachlan Vass

Research Manager

Nicole Adams is a Research Economist at the e61 Institute.
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Nicole Adams

Research Economist

Jack Buckley is a Research Economist at e61 Institute.
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Jack Buckley

Research Economist

Aaron Wong is a Research Economist at the e61 Institute.
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Aaron Wong

Research Economist

Erin Clarke is a Graduate Economist at the e61 Institute.
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Erin Clarke

Graduate Economist

Elyse Dwyer is a Pre-doctorate Analyst at the e61 Institute.
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Elyse Dwyer

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Jiaqi Luo is a Pre-doctorate Analyst at the e61 Institute.
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Jiaqi Luo

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Zach Hayward is a Pre-doctorate Analyst at the e61 Institute.
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Zachary Hayward

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Matt Elias is a Pre-doctorate Analyst at the e61 Institute.
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Matt Elias

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Jo Auer is an Internship Economist at the e61 Institute.
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Jo Auer

Intern Analyst

Theo Gibbons is an Internship Economist at the e61 Institute.
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Theo Gibbons

Intern Analyst

Francesca Gnocchi is an Office Manager at e61 Institute
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Francesca Gnocchi

Office Manager

Gianni La Cava

Research Director

Gianni La Cava is Research Director of e61 Institute and a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. He previously held several senior positions at the Reserve Bank of Australia, including leading a research team – Micro Analysis and Data (MAD) – dedicated to examining macroeconomic issues using microeconomic data. Gianni holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts/Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Gianni’s research focuses on answering big policy questions with micro data and covers topics such as household wellbeing, inequality, the housing market, and the role of the financial sector in the economy.

​For more information about Gianni's publications go here.

Dan Andrews

Program Director

Dan Andrews is Program Director for Productivity at the e61 Institute. Previously he was Head of the Structural Policy Analysis Division at the OECD, where he led teams to analyse the policy drivers of productivity and employment growth.

As a senior executive at the Australian Treasury, Dan founded the Treasury microdata unit and served as Co-Chair of the OECD Global Forum on Productivity and Australian delegate to the OECD Economic Policy Committee.

Dan research documents the productivity implications of the COVID-19 shock and structural reforms, and has produced seminal research on the divergence between frontier and laggard firms, the rise of zombie firms and bank forbearance. He has also led research into the scarring effects of recessions, housing markets, globalization & inflation and the inequality-social mobility-growth nexus.

For more information about Dan publication and experience go here.

Jo Wood

Operations Director

Jo has been running the operations of firms that work at the intersection of economics, policy and data for over 5 years. She trained in Psychology and Business Administration and then went on to work in a range of roles leading operations teams in the Australia, US, Europe, Russian, Africa and Central America, across a wide spectrum of industries. More recently, she has worked at economic consulting firm AlphaBeta Advisors, Accenture and now e61 Institute. Her roles have focused on building operations and managing systems to deliver work with impact.

Adam Triggs

Senior Research Manager

Adam is a senior research manager at the e61 Institute.

Adam holds fellowships at the Brookings Institution and ANU Crawford School and was formerly a director and head of the Canberra office at the economics consulting firm AlphaBeta (now part of Accenture Strategy). In previous positions, Adam was director of research at the ANU’s Asian Bureau of Economic Research and has worked as an economist at the Prime Minister’s department, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Cape York Institute and in political offices.

Adam holds a PhD in economics, a masters in international economics and bachelors degrees in law and economics from the ANU.

Matt Nolan

Research Manager

Matt is a research manager at the e61 Institute and a sessional lecturer at Macquarie University. His research is focused on analysing income distributions using microdata, with a focus on how taxes, transfers, and changes in labour market settings influence the distribution of income.

Matt previously worked at the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand and as a teaching fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. He holds a PhD in Philosophy (Economics) from Victoria University of Wellington.

Lachlan Vass

Research Manager

Lachlan is a Research Manager. He leads work at the intersection of economics, data and public policy. His work experience spans the Australian Treasury, the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom and most recently Economic Insights (formerly AlphaBeta). In these roles he brought economics and novel data together to help inform, advise and solve policy issues across a range of policy areas, including social policy, financial markets, trade and labour markets.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Honours (Economics) from the University of Melbourne. 

Nicole Adams

Research Economist

Nicole Adams is a Research economist at the e61 Institute.

She previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia in a range of roles, analysing household balance sheets, commercial property markets, capital flows and foreign exchange markets.

Nicole holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia.

Jack Buckley

Research Economist

Jack holds a Bachelor of Economics (honours) and a Bachelor of Science (statistics) from the University of New South Wales where he earned First Class Honours and the University Medal in Economics. Prior to joining e61, Jack worked in the Economic Analysis and Policy team at Deloitte Access Economics where he worked on a range of issues in urban economics, the digital economy, sustainability and climate change, health, and education.

Jack is passionate about using innovative data and statistical and econometric tools to conduct evidence-based policy analysis.

Aaron Wong

Research Economist

Aaron Wong is a research economist at e61 Institute. He is passionate about urban economics and answering public policy questions using micro datasets.

Aaron previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he analysed Australia’s housing markets, contributed to economic forecasts and examined financial risks to the RBA’s domestic portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Erin Clarke

Graduate Economist

Erin holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney where she earned First Class Honours and the University Medal in Economics. Her Honours thesis evaluates the causal effect of a 2018 childcare subsidy reform on the labour supply of mothers with young children and their demand for childcare.

Erin presented her thesis at the Australian Gender Economics Workshop earlier this year, for which she received the award for Best Rapid Presentation Paper.

Elyse Dwyer

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Elyse has recently graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics.

Elyse honours thesis focused on understanding the spatial dispersion of firm-level productivity in Australia using BLADE microdata from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Jiaqi Luo

Pre-Doc Research Economist

Jiaqi recently graduated with First Class Honours from the Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) at the University of Melbourne.

Jiaqi is interested in labor economics and conducting policy experiments in the labor market to examine corresponding policy implications.

Zach Hayward

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Zachary is a pre-doctoral analyst at the e61 institute. He is interested in using microdata to answer causal questions and novel econometric techniques.

Zach holds a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours Class I) majoring in economics from the University of Queensland (UQ). His thesis investigated the causal impact of antenatal alcohol consumption on child health outcomes, while correcting for misreporting.

Matt Elias

Pre-doctorate Analyst

Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2021, majoring in Economics and Econometrics.  Matt Honours thesis developed a novel technique for robustly testing stochastic dominance relations in the presence of survey non-response, earning First Class Honours and the University Medal. 

Matt is passionate about Applied Economics and using novel Econometric methods to solve problems commonly encountered in empirical research.

Jo Auer

Intern Research Analyst

Jo graduated from the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (BAFE) degree at UQ back in 2019.

 

Jo developed a passion about environmental economic research and the micro and behavioural theory underpinning those applications during her honours year. 

Jo is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Mathematics with the focus to start a PhD in economics in the next couple of years.

Theo Gibbons

Intern Research Analyst

Theo is currently studying a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics at the University of Queensland. He will complete his honours year in economics in 2023. Prior to e61, Theo worked as a research assistant at Ready Research, a summer intern at Deloitte Access Economics and as a tutor at the University of Queensland.

Francesca Gnocchi

Office Manager

Francesca has been working in operations roles for over 7 years. She completed a bachelor's degree in Bank and Finance in Italy and then worked as Data Analyst in an energy consulting company. Since moving to Australia, she has worked in different industries. Her focus at e61  is to help build operations systems, create and foster a collaborative and positive culture.