Federation Business School

Dr Quanda Zhang (Samuel)

Position:Lecturer in Economics
Location:Mt Helen campus
Phone:+61 3 5327 6788


View Samuel's Google research profile.

Supervision interests

  • Development Economics
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Chinese Economy

Current research projects

  • The long-run relationship between financial development and house prices
  • R&D intensity and income inequality in the G7: 1870-2016
  • When does Daylight Saving Time save energy? Weather and air-conditioning


Journal articles (selected)

2020. Adverse shocks, household expenditure and child marriage: Evidence from India and Vietnam (with T. Trinh). Empirical Economics, forthcoming.
ABDC: A; Scimago: Q1

2020. Income inequality and subjective wellbeing: Panel data evidence from China (with S. Churchill). China Economic Review, 60: 1-10.
ABDC: A; Scimago: Q1

2020. Social capital inequality and subjective wellbeing of older Chinese (with R. Smyth, S. Churchill and S. Appau). Social Indicators Research, forthcoming.
ABDC: A; Scimago: Q1

2019. Thinking inside the box: A closer look at financial inclusion and household income (with A. Posso). Journal of Development Studies, 55(7): 1616-1631.
ABDC: A; Scimago: Q1

2017. Does microfinance reduce poverty? Some international evidence. The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 17(2): 1-13.
ABDC: A; Scimago: Q2

Presentations (selected)

Development Studies Association of Australia (DSAA) Inaugural Conference, Melbourne, Australia (February 2020)

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (July 2019)

Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, the United Kingdom (September 2018)

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (August 2018)

Zhejiang University of Finance & Economics, Hangzhou, China (January 2018)

Development Studies Association Annual Conference, Bradford, the United Kingdom (September 2017)

Beyond Research – Pathways to Impact, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne, Australia (February 2017)

Women’s Empowerment & Microfinance in the Asia Pacific Workshop, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (November 2017)


  • RMIT Research Award, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia
  • RMIT Teaching Award, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Australia