Dr Nicolas Hérault

Senior Research Fellow

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
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Contact details

Phone: +61 3 8344 2188
Fax: +61 3 8344 2111
Email: nherault@unimelb.edu.au

Curriculum Vitae


Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Level 5, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, 111 Barry Street, The University of Melbourne


Nicolas currently holds the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne, which he joined in 2007. He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Bordeaux (France). He has undertaken commissioned research for the World Bank, the European Commission, the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Australian National Centre for Vocational Education Research. His research has been published in leading journals such as Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Urban Economics and Fiscal Studies. His recent article on income redistribution in Australia won the 2015 Economic Record Best Paper Prize.

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Research Interests

Nicolas’ research interests include labour economics, tax and transfer policies, homelessness, welfare economics, development economics, microsimulation modelling and micro-macro modelling. Nicolas is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Melbourne Institute Tax and Transfer Simulator (MITTS).


Current Projects

Income inequality in the UK

The identification of tax-implicit equivalence scales

Income support and incentives to work

Homelessness and housing security


Selected Publications / Papers

Recent working papers

Food Insecurity and Homelessness in the Journeys Home Survey
With David Ribar (PDF file).

What has Been Happening to UK Income Inequality Since the Mid-1990s? Answers from Reconciled and Combined Household Survey and Tax Return Data
With Richard Burkhauser, Stephen Jenkins and Roger Wilkins (PDF file).

Identifying tax implicit equivalence scales
With Francisco Azpitarte and Justin van de Ven (PDF file).


Recent peer reviewed journal articles

  1. Homelessness in Australia: Service Reform and Research in the 21st Century, European Journal of Homelessness (2016) (link)
  2. Explaining the equalising effect of panel-income changes, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (2016) (link)
  3. Understanding Changes in the Distribution and Redistribution of income: A Unifying Decomposition Framework, Review of Income and Wealth (with F. Azpitarte) (forthcoming) (link)
  4. What Drives How Long People Are Homeless?, Journal of Urban Economics, (91), 57-72 (with D.A. Cobb-Clark, R. Scutella and Y.P. Tseng) (2016) (link).
  5. Intergenerational Correlation of Labour Market Outcomes, Review of Economics of the Household, 14(1), 231-249 (with G. Kalb) (2016). (link).
  6. Decomposing Inequality Changes: Allowing for Leisure in the Evaluation of Tax and Transfer Policy Effects, Fiscal Studies, 36(2), 157-180 (with J. Creedy) (2015) (link).
  7. A Study into the Persistence of Living in a Jobless Household, The Economic Record, 91(293), 209-232 (with G. Kalb and R. Zakirova) (2015) (link).
  8. Recent Trends in Income Redistribution in Australia: Can Changes in the Tax-Benefit System Account for the Decline in Redistribution?, The Economic Record, 91(292), 38-53 (with F. Azpitarte) (2015) (link). Winner of the 2015 Economic Record Best Paper Prize.
  9. Returns to Education: Accounting for Enrolment and Completion Effects, Education Economics, 23(1), 84-100 (with R. Zakirova) (2015) (link).