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Dr George Messinis

PhD (Melbourne), DipEd (La Trobe), BEc (La Trobe)

Adjunct Fellow, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies

Dr Messinis is Adjunct Fellow at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES). He has published in a range of topics including consumer behaviour, education, labour economics, innovation, migration, and economic development.

Since 2006, his research agenda has centred on the theme of Education, Skills and Productivity. He also has expertise in statistical software, large databases, and state-of-the-art applied econometrics of survey, time-series and panel data.

Dr Messinis has taught in undergraduate, Honours, MBA, and DBA courses, supervised post-graduate students, and is currently the post-graduate student coordinator.

Dr Messinis has led research teams that have made significant contributions to Victoria University and its engagement with industry and the research community. Since 2005, he has managed the SEEK Employment Indicators project in a partnership with SEEK Pty Ltd. The project has delivered monthly reports on internet job advertisement and applications posted with SEEK. These indicators have been established as leading indicators of labour market trends in regional Australia and New Zealand.

In 2008-09, Dr Messinis led a VISES research team that mapped the VU student population and the role of diversity in academic performance.

In 2014, funded by Curtin University and the Mitchell Institute, he has begun to explore the performance of VU students of low socio-economic status over the period 2005-2013.

Publications

Books

Messinis, G. (2010) Habit Modification in Consumption: Theory and Evidence. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN 9783639236378

Book chapters

Messinis, G. (2011) Students from China at Victoria University: profile and academic outcomes. In: Internationalisation of China's higher education - challenges for sino-foreign joint educational programs and institutions. Liaoning University Press, Shenyang, China, pp. 210-234. ISBN 9787561062838

Sheehan, P. and Messinis, G. (2003) Innovation. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 153-167. ISBN 9780521822169

Reports

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P., Parker, S. and Ahmed, A. (2009) SEEK Employment Index in New Zealand: Job Vacancies and Job Seeking, November 2009, Report for SEEK New Zealand Limited, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P. and Miholcic, Z. (2009) The Performance of the Student Population at Victoria University, Report to the Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, January, Melbourne

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P. and Miholcic, Z. (2008) The Diversity of the Student Population at Victoria University. Report to the Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, December, Melbourne

Refereed journal articles

Liddle, B. and Messinis, G. forthcoming 2017, 'Revisiting carbon Kuznets curves with endogenous breaks modeling: Evidence of decoupling and saturation (but few inverted-Us) for individual OECD countries', Empirical Economics, doi:10.1007/s00181-016-1209-y. ISI Impact Factor (IF): 0.614, ABDC 2016 Ranking A.

Longo, M. and Messinis, G. 2016, ‘Inequality, poor governance and legitimacy deficits in the European Union ’, Journal of Law and Governance, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

Andriansyah, A. and Messinis, G. 2016, ‘Intended use of proceeds and the post-issue operating performance of IPO firms: A quantile regression approach’, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, vol. 36, pp. 14-30. ISI Impact Factor: 0.817. ABDC 2013 Ranking A.

Liddle, B. and Messinis, G. forthcoming 2015, 'Revisiting sulfur Kuznets curves with endogenous breaks modeling: Substantial evidence of inverted-Us/Vs for individual OECD countries', Economic Modelling. ISI Impact Factor: 0.736. ABDC 2013 Ranking A. SCImago Quartile Q2.

Refereed conference papers

Andriansyah and Messinis, G. (2013) ‘Equity Market and Growth: Does the Primary Market Matter?’, in D. Butler and M. Mangano (eds), Beyond the Frontier: New Directions in Economics: Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Conference of Economists, July 7-10, 2013, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-921877-12-4.

Messinis, G. (2012) Returns to Education and Rural Migrant Wage Differentials in China: IV Quantile Treatment Effects. The 41st Australian Conference of Economists Conference, July 8-12, 2012

Messinis, G. (2011) Second-Generation Greek-Australian and Italian-Australian Students at Victoria University. In: M. Tsianikas and G. Couvalis (eds), Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies 2009, Flinders University Press

Messinis, G. (2009) Overeducation and Overskilling in Australia: Second Generation Greek-Australians and Italian-Australians. In: E. Close, M. Tsianikas and G. Couvalis (eds), Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies 2007, Flinders University Press, Adelaide, pp. 233-250

Messinis, G. and Ahmed, A.D. (2008) Valuable Skills, Education and Technology Diffusion. The 2nd International Conference on Educational Economics (ICEE 2008), Faculty of Economics, National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Athens, 27-30 August

Messinis, G. and Cheng, E. (2007) The Value of Education and Job Training in the Developing World: New Evidence from Migrant Workers in China. The Conference on Migration and Social Protection in China, Beijing, 25-27 September

View George's publications in Victoria University's Institutional Repository.

Research grants

SEEK Limited

SEEK Employment Index in New Zealand: Job Vacancies and Job Seeking (2010), $25,000 plus $4,000 per month (on-going)

SEEK Employment Index in Australia (2005), $100,000 per year (on-going)

Victoria University Discovery

Does consumption enhance human capital? Explaining the decline in household saving (2004), $15,000

Professional memberships

  • Society for the Advancement of Behavioural Economics (SABE)

Presentations

Frontier Medical Research by Greeks: Regional Disparities in Greece, Cyprus and Australia (2010-2011). At: 9th International Conference on Greek Research, Flinders University, Adelaide; ATINER Health Conference, Athens; Seminar at the University of Ioannina, Greece

Ethnicity, Diversity and Achievement in Tertiary Education: Some Australian Evidence (2010). At: Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne; School of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University; Victoria University

Earnings and Languages in the Family: Second-Generation Australians (2009).At: School of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University; Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

Valuable Skills, Human Capital and Technology Transfer (2008). At: School of Economics, University of Ioannina, Greece; School of Economics, University of Queensland; School of Economics, University of NSW

Areas of expertise

  • Economics
  • Financial management
  • Money and banking
  • Quantitative methods

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1339