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Matthew Curry
Ronald Henderson Research Fellow
Work and Economic Security

Dr Matthew Curry holds a joint appointment at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Institute and the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre.

Matthew completed his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where his dissertation investigated the effects of university education on individual labour market outcomes in the United States before and during the global financial crisis.

Matthew's current work includes an Australian Research Council–funded project investigating the intergenerational effects of parental joblessness in Australia and several other advanced economies.

Contact: Matthew.Curry(at)bsl.org.au 

Research interests

  • Social stratification and mobility
  • Causes and consequences of inequalities in education and the labour market

Selected publications

Curry, M, Mooi-Reci, I and Wooden, M 2019, ‘Parental joblessness and the school-to-work transition in Australia and the United States’, Social Science Research, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 61–76. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2019.03.004

Mooi-Reci, I, Bakker, B, Curry, M and Wooden, M 2019 (forthcoming), ‘Why parental unemployment matters for children’s educational attainment: empirical evidence from the Netherlands’, European Sociological Review, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 394–408. Advance online publication: https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcz002

Curry, M 2019, ‘The Great Recession and shifting patterns of college effects for young men’, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, no. 59, pp. 34–45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2018.11.003

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