Zhang Wei

Dr Zhang Wei

Senior Research Fellow

Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

Faculty of the Professions


Dr Zhang Wei is an economist. He joined the Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre at the University of Adelaide in January 2018. Prior to this, he was a senior research fellow at the National Institute of Labour Studies of Flinders University. Also, he had been employed as an associate lecturer (2005-2008) and research assistant (2004-2005) by the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide.

Zhang Wei's research interests are in the areas of labour economics, health economics, education economics, international trade, and applied game theory. His PhD thesis focuses on international trade agreements, primarily on the debate between multilateral and bilateral trade liberalisation. In recent years, he has worked on a number of projects on the topics of the evaluation of the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, ageing and retirement, work and health, job mismatches and impacts of education on labour market outcomes. He has involved in a project funded by the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well, focusing on the impacts of the ageing of the population on the productivity and economic security in Australia and three projects funded by NCVER, focusing on the impacts of job mismatches on the labour market outcomes in Australia and job mobility of new VET completers. In addition, he has contributed to commissioned research projects for Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Ageing, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, Department of Veterans' Affairs, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Service Skills Australia.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 Senior Research Fellow Flinders University, Adelaide
    2009 - 2015 Research Fellow Flinders University, Adelaide
    2005 - 2008 Associate Lecturer (part-time) University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Economics
    2005 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Economics
    2003 Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan China Bachelor of Economics
    2003 Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan China Bachelor of Laws
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2018). The dynamic effect of disability on work and subjective well-being. Oxford Economic Papers, 70(3), 635-657.
    DOI
    2017 King, D., Svensson, S., & Wei, Z. (2017). Not always a quick fix: The impact of employing temporary agency workers on retention in the Australian aged care workforce. Journal of Industrial Relations, 59(1), 85-103.
    DOI Scopus1
    2015 Knight, G., & Wei, Z. (2015). Isolating the determinants of temporary agency worker use by firms: an analysis of temporary agency workers in Australian aged care. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 18(2), 205-237.
    2015 Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2015). The scarring effects of unemployment, low pay and skills under-utilization in Australia compared. Applied Economics, 47(23), 2413-2429.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2014 Jones, M., Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2014). Disability, job mismatch, earnings and job satisfaction in Australia. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 38(5), 1221-1246.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2013 Mavromaras, K., Mcguinness, S., O'Leary, N., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2013). Job mismatches and labour market outcomes: Panel evidence on university graduates. Economic Record, 89(286), 382-395.
    DOI Scopus45 WoS32
    2013 Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2013). The effect of overskilling dynamics on wages. Education Economics, 21(3), 281-303.
    DOI Scopus9
    2013 King, D., Wei, Z., & Howe, A. (2013). Work Satisfaction and Intention to Leave Among Direct Care Workers in Community and Residential Aged Care in Australia. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 25(4), 301-319.
    DOI Scopus10 Europe PMC3
    2012 Howe, A., King, D., Ellis, J., Wells, Y., Wei, Z., & Teshuva, K. (2012). Stabilising the aged care workforce: An analysis of worker retention and intention. Australian Health Review, 36(1), 83-91.
    DOI Scopus24 Europe PMC12
    2012 Mavromaras, K., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2012). The role of education pathways in the relationship between job mismatch, wages and job satisfaction: A panel estimation approach. Education Economics, 20(3), 303-321.
    DOI Scopus12
    2011 Wei, Z. (2011). Regional trade liberalisation: A theoretical review of dynamic time-path and stability issues. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 25(1), 1-14.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2010 Wei, Z., & Richardson, S. (2010). Are older workers less productive? A case study of aged care workers in Australia*. Economic Record, 86(SUPPL. 1), 115-123.
    DOI Scopus4
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2013 King, D., Mavromaras, K., Wei, Z., He, B., Healy, J., Macaitis, K., . . . Smith, L. (2013). The Aged Care Workforce 2012.
    2013 Mavromaras, K., Mahuteau, S. M., & Zhang, W. (2013). Labour mobility and vocational education and training in Australia. Adelaide: NCVER.
    2012 The Persistence of Overskilling and Its Effects on Wages (2012). .
    2011 Mavromaras, K., McGuinness, S., Richardson, S., Sloane, P., & Wei, Z. (2011). Over-skilling and job satisfaction in the Australian labour force. NCVER.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2017 Mavromaras, K., Knight, G., Isherwood, L., Crettenden, A., Flavel, J., Karmel, T., . . . Wei, Z. (2017). THE AGED CARE WORKFORCE 2016. Commonwealth of Australia.
    2013 Mahuteau, S. M., Mavromaras, K., & Wei, Z. (2013). Younger veterans’ transitions to civilian occupations: The role of further education.
  • Position: Senior Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83134674
  • Email: zhang.wei@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 5
  • Room: 5 03
  • Org Unit: Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre

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