Dr Nicolas Herault

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 recently 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

Dynamics of household joblessness

The duration of homelessness

Homelessness and food insecurity


Selected Publications / Papers

Recent working papers

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 Trends in Income Redistribution in Australia: Can the Changes in the Tax‐Transfer System Account for the Decline in Progressivity and Redistribution?
With F. Azpitarte (Pdf file).

Understanding Changes in Progressivity and Redistributive Effects: The Role of Tax-Transfer Policies and Labour Supply Decisions
With F. Azpitarte (Pdf file).

Dynamics of Household Joblessness: Evidence from Australian Micro-Data 2001-2007
With G. Kalb and R. Zakirova) (Pdf file).

Decomposing Inequality and Social Welfare Changes: The Use of Alternative Welfare Metrics (with J. Creedy) (Pdf file).


Peer reviewed journals

  1. Decomposing Inequality Changes: Allowing for Leisure in the Evaluation of Tax and Transfer Policy Effects, Fiscal Studies (with J. Creedy) (forthcoming).
  2. Understanding Changes in the Distribution and Redistribution of Income: A Unifying Decomposition Framework, Review of Income and Wealth (with F. Azpitarte) (forthcoming).
  3. Recent Trends in Income Redistribution in Australia: Can Changes in the Tax-Benefit System Account for the Decline in Redistribution?, The Economic Record (with F. Azpitarte) (forthcoming).
  4. Intergenerational Correlation of Labour Market Outcomes, Review of Economics of the Household (with G. Kalb) (forthcoming). (link).
  5. Returns to Education: Accounting for Enrolment and Completion Effects, Education Economics (with R. Zakirova) (forthcoming). (link).
  6. Linking a Dynamic CGE Model and a Microsimulation Model: Climate Change Mitigation Policies and Income Distribution in Australia, International Journal of Microsimulation, 5(2), pp. 40-58 (with H. Buddelmeyer, G. Kalb and M. van Zijll de Jong) (2012) (Pdf file).
  7. The Effects of Macroeconomic Conditions on the Education and Employment Outcomes of Youth, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 1(15), pp. 17-36 (with W. Kostenko, G. Marks and R. Zakirova) (2012). (Pdf file).
  8. Welfare-Improving Income Tax Reforms: A Microsimulation Analysis, Oxford Economic Papers, 64(1), pp. 128-150 (with J. Creedy) (2012). (link).
  9. Tax Policy Design and The Role of a Tax-Free Threshold, Public Finance and Management, 11 (4), pp. 338-364 (with J. Creedy and G. Kalb) (2011). (link).
  10. Measuring Welfare Changes in Behavioural Microsimulation Modelling: Accounting for the Random Utility Component, Journal of Applied Economics, 14(1), pp. 5-34 (with J. Creedy and G. Kalb) (2011). (link).
  11. Sequential Linking of Computable General Equilibrium and Microsimulation Models: A Comparison of Behavioural and Reweighting Techniques, International Journal of Microsimulation, 3(1), pp. 35-42 (2010) (Pdf file).
  12. Abolishing the Tax-Free Threshold in Australia: Simulating Alternative Reforms, Fiscal Studies, 30(2), pp. 219-246 (with J. Creedy and G. Kalb) (2009). (link).
  13. Les apports de la micro-simulation aux modèles d’équilibre général : application au cas de l’Afrique du Sud, Economie et Prévision, 187, 2009-1, pp. 123-135 (2009). (link).
  14. L’impact de la libéralisation commerciale sur la pauvreté et les inégalités dans les provinces sud-africaines, Economie Appliquée, 3, pp. 132-156 (2008). (link).
  15. Trade Liberalisation, Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: A CGE-Microsimulation analysis, The Economic Record, 83(262), pp. 317-328 (2007). (link).
  16. Building and Linking a Microsimulation Model to a CGE Model for South Africa, South African Journal of Economics, 74(1), pp. 34-58 (2006). (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.