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Lachlan Vass



Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) (Honours), The University of Melbourne

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Room: Coombs Room 1.253

Lachlan is completing a PhD in the Economics program, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. His PhD focuses on the link between immigration and firm-level productivity in Australia. He has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, the Finacial Conducty Authority in the UK, and at the e61 Institute. He has experience in applied microeconometrics, causal inference, and the analysis of large administrative datasets.

PhD programme


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Topic title

Immigration and firm productivity in Australia

Topic description

Lachlan’s research investigates the link between immigration and firm productivity in Australia. To do so it uses longitudinal, large-scale administrative microdata that links workers with firms in the two decades prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a period where Australia experienced decreasing productivity growth. It investigates the historical link between immigration and productivity and analyses the role of changes in immigration-related policies, with a particular interest in human capital policies.

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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