Marcia is an economist with experience gained from working within the public, private and academic sectors. She has expert skills in modelling, projections, data analysis and policy analysis.
Marcia has specialist experience in project evaluation, including cost benefit and cost effectiveness analysis, regulation impact assessment, microsimulation modelling and life course modelling. She has worked extensively modelling the distributional impacts of policy.
Prior to joining SGS, Marcia was an independent consultant and before that, a Research Fellow at NATSEM. While consulting independently, Marcia undertook a project evaluation of a government child protection program and provided recommendations for improvements. This involved advising on the program and evaluation design and estimating the overall impact of the program.
During her time at NATSEM she developed new economic models and applied existing economic models to new research questions. Much of her research focused on the long term impacts of superannuation policy changes and the characteristics that families in different superannuation situations hold.
Other research projects that Marcia has undertaken include:
- Analysis of the change in spending and savings patterns of different demographic groups before, during and after the GFC
- Analysing long term trends in family life in Australia, including marriage, divorce, births and blended families
- Analysing factors associated with life satisfaction in Australia, including income, wealth, consumption, education, family circumstances and major life events; and estimating life satisfaction at the small area level in Australia.
Marcia is an active member of various industry organisations and is the current National President of Young Economists and Vice President of the International Microsimulation Association. She is also a tutor at the University of Canberra, where she tutors undergraduate and postgraduate students in Human Resource Economics.
Marcia has a keen interest in writing and has authored and co-authored a number of papers and chapters of books. She also presents her research frequently at conferences.