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Francisco Azpitarte

Francisco Azpitarte
Henderson Research Fellow, Economist

Francisco Azpitarte is an economist who joined the Research and Policy Centre in early 2011.

Francisco has a Masters degree in Economic Analysis from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and completed his PhD in Economics at the Universidade de Vigo in 2009. 


After finishing his postdoctoral studies at the London School of Economics and Social Sciences in 2011, he was appointed to the Ronald Henderson Research Fellow joint position at the Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Francisco’s research interests include poverty, economic inequality and the impact of poverty on children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development. He has published in highly regarded journals including the Review of Income and Wealth and the Journal of Economic Inequality. 

His work has included examining income redistribution trends in Australia and the impact of tax and transfer policies. He has also analysed HILDA data for the Social Exclusion Monitor developed by the Brotherhood and the Melbourne Institute.

Contact: fazpitarte(at)bsl.org.au


Research interests

  • Measurement of poverty and inequality
  • Social exclusion and multidimensional poverty
  • Welfare dynamics

Selected recent publications

Gallegos, J, Yalonetzky, G and Azpitarte, F 2017, On the robustness of multidimensional counting poverty orderings, Working paper no. 2017-5, Life Course Centre, Indooroopilly, Qld.

Azpitarte, F, Chigavazira, A, Kalb, G, Farrant, BM, Perales, F and Zubrick, S 2016, Childcare use and its role in Indigenous child development: evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia, Working paper no. 2016-29, Life Course Centre, Indooroopilly, Qld.

Herault, N and Azpitarte, F 2016, Understanding changes in the distribution and redistribution of income: a unifying decomposition framework Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 266–82.

Herault, N and Azpitarte, F 2013, Understanding changes in progressivity and redistributive effects: the role of tax-transfer policies and labour supply decisions (PDF file, 539 KB), Melbourne Institute Working Paper no. 33/13.

Azpitarte, F 2013, Social exclusion monitor bulletin October 2013 (PDF file, 497 KB), Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research and Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne.

Azpitarte, F 2012, 'Measuring poverty using bothincome and wealth: a cross-country comparison between the US and Spain', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 24–50.

Azpitarte, F 2011,'Ray-invariant intermediate inequality measures: A Lorenz dominance criterion' (joint with Olga Alonso), ECINEQ WP2011-226, October.

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