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Dr Fatima Jamal Khan is a Research Fellow at Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) who specialises in policy evaluation and experimental economics. Fatima obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales in 2022. Her thesis, ‘Essays in Development Economics’ predominantly focused on health, education, and socio-economic insecurity, using both primary and experimental data. It was completed under the supervision of Professor Pauline Grosjean and Dr Sarah Walker.

During her PhD, Fatima conducted a randomised control trial (RCT) with school-aged children between 10 and 14 years of age to assess the impact of a classroom-based positive psychology intervention on improving well-being and academic performance. More importantly, in this project, she used experiments to elicit parental investment preferences in the health and education of their child to identify dynamic complementarities in human capital formation. During the COVID pandemic, Fatima constructed a panel dataset, using primary data from Pakistan, on mental health for over 1700 adults and children (883 each) to assess the effect of COVID related job loss and income loss on household mental health. One unique aspect of this research was the validation of mental health results across agents. This paper has now been published in Health Economics.

Before joining MUCHE, Fatima worked as an Early Career Academic Fellow at UNSW and as a Policy Analyst at its ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Her focus was on socio-economic issues pertaining to an ageing population in Australia, especially mature labour force participation, financial insecurity and inequalities at older ages.

Prior to that, Fatima received her MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2016 while also working as a data analyst for LSE-Enterprise, the university’s commercial arm. Her research here focused on the link between economic development and the stock of institutional capital.

Fatima’s research interests include health, ageing, gender and development. Her research has been published in prestigious journals ranked A* by the ABDC.

Teaching: Fatima has extensive experience teaching a range of courses at all levels, including doctoral students. 

  • Microeconometrics (Doctoral)
  • Policy Evaluation Methods (Honours, Postgraduate & Doctoral)
  • Environmental Economics (Undergraduate)
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics (Undergraduate & Postgraduate)
  • Economic Perspectives (Undergraduate)

Course Design: Fatima has been involved in designing new courses as well as redesigning existing courses to meet the changing needs of the university and the respective students.

  • Policy Applications of Behavioural Economics (Postgraduate)
  • Economic Perspectives: Re-designed tutorial activities for online delivery during COVID (Undergraduate)

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Doctor of Philosophy, Essays in Development Economics, University of New South Wales Sydney

Award Date: 23 Jun 2022

Economic History, Master of Science, London School of Economics

Award Date: 10 Nov 2016

Economics, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Award Date: 17 Jun 2015

External positions

Early Career Academic Fellow, University of New South Wales Sydney

Jan 2022Dec 2023

Policy Analyst/ Research Assistant, The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

May 2020Dec 2023

Data Analyst, London School of Economics and Political Science

Oct 2015Sept 2016


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