Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Dr Francisco Azpitarte

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I am Lecturer in Social Policy in the Department of Social Sciences. I have a strong interest in the analysis of poverty and inequality and the role of Social Policy in addressing those issues. Before joining the Department in 2018 I held the Ronald Henderson Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. 

The main motivation of my research is to improve our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality and to build translatable knowledge to inform social policy to address them. I am particularly interested in understanding the impact of poverty on child development and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage; and the role of social policy in reducing poverty and promoting opportunities over the life-cycle to allow families to break the cycle of disadvantage. I firmly believe in the value of bringing insights from different disciplines to build knowledge on socioeconomic inequalities and disadvantage. This is reflected in my research agenda which comprises collaborative projects with researchers from a wide range of disciplines including Sociology, Education, Psychology, and Neuropsychiatry.

I teach on a range of modules at the School of Social Sciences focused on Inequality, Social Policy and Research Methods.

Peer-reviewed journals:

  • Azpitarte, F., Chigavazira, A., Kalb, G. R., Farrant, B., Perales, F., & Zubrick, S. R. (2018)  “Childcare use and its role in Indigenous child development: Evidence from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children in Australia”, The Economic Record (forthcoming).
  • Goldfeld S., O'Connor M., O'Connor E., Chong S., Badland H., Woolfenden S., Redmond G., Williams K., Azpitarte F., Cloney D., Mensah F. (2018) ‘More than a snapshot in time: pathways of disadvantage over childhood’, International Journal of Epidemiology, DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyy086.
  • Van de Ven, J., Herault, N., and Azpitarte, F. (2017) ‘Identifying Tax-Implicit Equivalence Scales’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 15(3) pp. 257-275. [link]
  • Herault, N. and Azpitarte, F. (2016). ‘Understanding Changes in the Distribution and Redistribution of Income: A Unifying Decomposition Framework’, Review of Income and Wealth 62(2), pp. 266-282. [link]
  • Calderin, J. and Azpitarte, F. (2016). ‘Modelling Income Data with Two Extensions of the Exponential Distribution’, Physica-A, 461(1), 756-766. [link]
  • Herault, N. and Azpitarte, F. (2015) ‘Recent Trends in Income Redistribution in Australia: Can Changes in    the Tax-Benefit System Account for the Decline in Redistribution?’, Economic Record, Vol. 91, pp. 38-53. (Best Paper Prize by the Economic Society of Australia) [link]
  • Azpitarte, F and Alonso, O. (2014). ‘Ray-Invariant Intermediate Inequality Measures: a Lorenz Dominance Criterion’, Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 22, pp. 401-420. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F (2014). ‘Has Economic Growth in Australia Been Good for the Income Poor? and for the Multidimensionally Poor?’, Social Indicators Research, Vol. 117, N. 3, pp. 871-905. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F. (2013). ‘The Measurement of Poverty using Income and Wealth: a Comparison of Multidimensional Approaches using U.S and Spanish Data’, Papeles de Economia Española, No. 135. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F. (2012).  ‘Measuring Poverty using both Income and Wealth: a Cross-Country Comparison between the U.S. and Spain’, Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 24-50. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F. (2011).  ‘Can Corruption Constrain the Size of Governments?’, European Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1-14. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F. (2011). ‘Measurement and Identification of Asset-Poor Households: a Cross-National Comparison between Spain and the United Kingdom’, Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 87-110. [link]
  • Azpitarte, F. (2010). ‘The Household Wealth Distribution in Spain: the Role of Housing and Financial Wealth’, Hacienda Pública Española/ Revista de Economía Pública, Vol. 94, no. 3, pp.65-90. [link]

Chapters in books:

  • Azpitarte, F. (2008) The Distribution of Wealth in Spain, included in the VI Foessa report on exclusion and social development in Spain. Funded by Foessa foundation (ISBN 9788484404910).
  • Azpitarte, F. (2013) Has Australian Economic Growth Been Pro-Poor? in P. Smyth and Buchanan, J. (ed), Inclusive Growth: an Australian Approach, Allen & Unwin, NSW (ISBN 9781743311301).
  • Bodsworth, E. and Azpitarte, F. (2015) Persistent Disadvantage: a Duration Analysis Based on Hilda Data, in the report Addressing Entrenched Disadvantage in Australia by the Centre for Economic Development of Australia (ISBN 0858012995).
  • Gradín, C., Del Río, C., Cantó, O. and Azpitarte, F. (2006) Poverty and Social Exclusion in Galicia. Report on poverty and social exclusion for the Galician Regional Government to assess the II Plan of Social Inclusion in Galicia.