Dr Liu’s teaching and research interests are in the field of applied microeconomics. Her research on gender issues published in the Journal of Comparative Economics and Oxford Development Studies in 2004 was recognized by Pham and Reilly (2007) in the Journal of Asian Economics as the first systematic studies on the gender pay gap in Vietnam. Her research on children’s schooling complements the research on gender by focusing on the factors that disadvantage girls’ education. The results were reported in Vietnamese newspapers such as ‘Tuoi Tre’ and were published in the Asian Economics Journal in 2001 and 2004. Her work on inequality and poverty in Vietnam has led to publications in the Asian Economics Journal in 2001and Economic Systems in 2008. She has also worked on wage structure in Vietnam which led to a research grant from the International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICEAD), Japan in 2004. Her article published in Economics of Transition (2006) examines the role of demand in the rising returns of education in Vietnam. Her co-authored article on union wage gap in Australia was published by the Economic Record in 2008. Another co-authored paper that examines the Australian public-private wage gap using semi-parametric decomposition method is forthcoming in the British Journal of Industrial Review. She is part of the team of the successfully funded Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project (2009) which seeks to develop a multidimensional development measure for poverty and gender equality.
- Changing returns to education in Vietnam
- Wage gap of immigrants and natives in Australia
- The Vietnam Rural Urban Migrants Survey (VRUMS) project
- Wage structure in Vietnam, China and Australia
- Gender inequality
- poverty and consumption distribution