Jasmine Zheng is a third year PhD Economics candidate at the Centre of Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in The Australian National University. You may have also seen her around tutoring first and second year Economics subjects. Born and raised in Singapore, till the age of 18 years old, she completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at The University of Queensland. Her last stints saw her as an energy analyst till April 2009, and as a government economist, co-starring as the editor of the Economic Survey of Singapore, till January 2010. Her ex-colleagues thought she was too much of an idealist, who still believes that economics is a tool to facilitate learning about the world and to help people.
Her PhD research mainly focuses on analysing the business cycles of emerging and advanced economics, Australia and its trading partners. Her research also looks at the evolution of the international transmission channels between these economies over time. While her PhD research revolves around the macroeconomic side of things, she also takes interest in social and behavioural type of experiments and how behavioural economics play an increasing role in Economics.
When she is not up to her retinas with research, she runs, writes for various publications (Woroni, HerCanberra, ThoughtCatalog, The Conversation),
feeds her friends with her bakes (unfortunately lost interest in baking in late 2011!), snaps photos, manages a not too successful “Secret Canberra” facebook page, and even parties. As a busy wanderluster, she plans on global domination over the next few years, taking full advantage of the rights of being a student. Her other goal, before the completion of her PhD, is to re-learn how to ride a bike. Such is a skill that apparently one doesn’t forget, a “fact” she obviously begs to differ, after almost crashing into the tutorial room at where she lives.
On this website, you will read about her muses, contemplations, thoughts and ideas – all things intellectual, geeky and frivolous.
A prerequisite for being a good economist is an ample dose of humility.
- Greg Mankiw