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Creina Day

Associate Professor


PhD Economics

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 2681

Room: Old Canberra House (OCH) 3.78

Creina Day is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She founded and directs the ‘Growth, Demographics and Productivity’ research program and is an inaugural research associate of the ‘COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy’ program in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). Her reputation in the field of macroeconomics and economic growth has been established through seminal papers in leading international journals and recognised with the JG Crawford Award for best original paper.

Creina’s research focuses on R&D-based economic growth, house prices and household debt, gender wage inequality, optimal fossil fuel extraction, and fiscal policy. Her principal publications appear in Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Income and Wealth, Economic Record, Economic Modelling and Fiscal Studies. Her analysis of population aging and house prices has received media coverage in leading newspapers including The Australian, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

Creina is a Management Committee member for CAMA. Previous positions in the Crawford School of Public Policy include Director of Education, Deputy Head of the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics and PhD Convenor of the Economics Program. Creina lectures post-graduate Open Economy Macroeconomics, Finance and Development, for which she has received several awards. In 2016, she won the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

COVID-19 Expertise

Creina Day is an inaugural research associate of the ‘COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy’ program in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). Creina’s research focuses on the impact of the outbreak on house prices and debt, gender income inequality, commodity prices and Chi-stralia (China-Australia) trade, as well as fiscal responses to the pandemic. Recent research highlights the exposure of pre-retiree households to a housing market correction: 1 in 2 homeowners aged 55-64 years hold a mortgage, more than one third of whom are over-indebted. Our economy is particularly vulnerable to slowing growth in China’s demand for Australian exports: growth in export volumes to China has contributed more than half of the net exports contribution to real GDP growth. While the gendered economic impacts have been overlooked, women’s lifetime earnings could fall disproportionate to services sector employment. Well-designed fossil fuel taxation provides fiscal revenue to rebuild the economy and fight climate change.

Research interests

  • R&D-based growth
  • Gender wages
  • Fertility
  • House prices
  • Mining
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic demography


  • IDEC8002 Graduate Diploma Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • IDEC8008 Masters Open Economy Macroeconomics

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