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, Fiscal Studies, Education Economics, The Economic Record and Journal of Applied Economics.

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Research Interests

Nicolas’ research interests include labour economics, tax and transfer policies, education economics, 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 and income mobility

The identification of tax-implicit equivalence scales

Income support and incentives to work

The duration of homelessness

Homelessness and food insecurity


Selected Publications / Papers

Recent working papers

How Income Mobility and Income Growth Explain Income Inequality Trends (PDF file).

What Drives How Long People Are Homeless?
With D.A. Cobb-Clark, R. Scutella and Y.P. Tseng (PDF file).

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


Recent peer reviewed journal articles

  1. Understanding Changes in the Distribution and Redistribution of Income: A Unifying Decomposition Framework, Review of Income and Wealth (with F. Azpitarte) (Accepted November 2014) (link).
  2. Intergenerational Correlation of Labour Market Outcomes, Review of Economics of the Household (with G. Kalb) (Accepted August 2013). (link).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. Returns to Education: Accounting for Enrolment and Completion Effects, Education Economics, 23(1), 84-100 (with R. Zakirova) (2015) (link).
  7. Linking a Dynamic CGE Model and a Microsimulation Model: Climate Change Mitigation Policies and Income Distribution in Australia, International Journal of Microsimulation, 5(2), 40-58 (with H. Buddelmeyer, G. Kalb and M. van Zijll de Jong) (2012) (link).
  8. The Effects of Macroeconomic Conditions on the Education and Employment Outcomes of Youth, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 1(15), 17-36 (with W. Kostenko, G. Marks and R. Zakirova) (2012) (link).
  9. Welfare-Improving Income Tax Reforms: A Microsimulation Analysis, Oxford Economic Papers, 64(1), 128-150 (with J. Creedy) (2012) (link).


Book chapters
Hérault, N. and Thurlow, J. (2010). South Africa, pp. 331-356 in Anderson, K., Cockburn, J. and Martin, W. (eds), Agricultural Price Distortions, Inequality and Poverty, World Bank, Washington D.C. (PDF file).

Hérault, N. (2009). Labour Supply Modelling in Sequential Computable General Equilibrium-Microsimulation Models, pp. 3-11 in R.O. Bailly (eds), Emerging Topics in Macroeconomics, Nova Science Publishers, New York.