Diane Dancer

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BA ANU DipEd UNE DipEconStats UNE MEc UNE PhD Syd.
Honorary Associate

Rm 4083
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Bio

Diane Dancer's areas of research and interest are in economics education research, limited dependent variables, applied econometric modelling, demography and international comparisons using cost functions.

Diane's economics education research uses econometric techniques to predict educational outcomes and the implications for universities with respect to policy issues. The major research area is to model the performance and progression of first year students. One aspect of this research involves investigating the characteristics of different groups of first year students. For example, are the characteristics of the students who discontinue and the students who continue but ultimately fail the course significantly different? This research was presented at the 4th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference at the Queensland University of Technology, 2000.

Other aspects are to attempt to identify the key characteristics that distinguish between successful students and those who are not successful in a course and to investigate whether performance in different but closely related courses is affected by different student characteristics. This last example involves first year students in Economics and Econometrics. A current project, involving students in a Commercial Law course, investigates whether, for first year students, the Universities Admission Index is the best predictor of success in a course compared with the English marks from the Higher School Certificate.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Article

van den Honert R, Dancer D, Blackburn V, and Lietz P (2018) A commentary and two responses to: �What are the effective public schools? Insights from New South Wales� secondary schools using a stochastic frontier analysis with a panel dataset� Australian Journal of Education, 62 (1), 79-88. [More Information]

2017

Journal Article

Dancer D, and Blackburn V (2017) What are the effective public schools? Insights from New South Wales' secondary schools using a Stochastic Frontier Analysis with a panel dataset Australian Journal of Education, 61 (2), 141-163. [More Information]

2015

Journal Article

Dancer D, Morrison K, and Tarr G (2015) Measuring the effects of peer learning on students' academic achievement in first-year business statistics Studies in Higher Education, 40 (10), 1808-1828. [More Information]

2009

Journal Article

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2009) Maternal Autonomy and Child Nutrition: Evidence from Rural Nepal Indian Growth and Development Review, 2 (1), 18-38. [More Information]

2008

Journal Articles

Dancer D, Rammohan A, and Smith M (2008) Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh Health Economics, 17 (9), 1015-1035. [More Information]

Rammohan A, and Dancer D (2008) Gender differences in intrahousehold schooling outcomes: The role of sibling characteristics and birth-order effects Education Economics, 16 (2), 111-126. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Dancer D, and Kamvounias P (2008) Predicting success in a first-year unit of study 11th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2008 (FYHE 2008); QUT Publications, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

2007

Journal Articles

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2007) Determinants of Schooling in Egypt: The Role of Gender and Rural/Urban residence Oxford Development Studies, 35 (2), 171-195. [More Information]

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2007) Maternal Education and Child Schooling Outcomes in Nepal Research in Labor Economics, 26, 365-396. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Dancer D, Morrison K, and Smith M (2007) Measuring the Impact of a Peer-Assisted Learning Program on Students' Academic Performance in Econometrics The Third Annual 2007 Quantitative Analysis of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Business, Economics and Commerce Forum; Teaching and Learning Unit, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Dancer D, Rammohan A, and Smith M (2007) Infant mortality and Child Nutrition in Bangladesh: Modelling Sample Selection Using Copulas ESAM07 Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society; University of Queensland, Australia.

Dancer D, Smith M, and Rammohan A (2007) Infant mortality and child nutrition in Bangladesh: modelling sample selection using copulas Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Conference 2007: Statistics in Public Policy-Making; Royal Statistical Society, UK.

2006

Conference Proceedings

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2006) Maternal Education and Child schooling Outcomes in Nepal Work Pensions and Labour Economics (WPEG) Conference 2006.

Maitra P, Rammohan A, and Dancer D (2006) The link between infant mortality and child nutrition in India: is there any evidence of a gender bias? XX Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE 2006); European Society for Population Economics, Italy.

Maitra P, Rammohan A, and Dancer D (2006) The Link Between Infant Mortality and Child Nutrition in India: Is There any Evidence of Gender Bias? 35th Australian Conference of Economists ACE 2006; Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.

2005

Journal Articles

Dancer D, and Kamvounias P (2005) Student involvement in assessment: a project designed to assess class participation fairly and reliably Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 30 (4), 445-454. [More Information]

Dancer D, and Tremayne A (2005) R-squared and Prediction in Regression with Ordered Quantitative Response Journal of Applied Statistics, 32 (5), 483-493. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Dancer D (2005) The Gender Issue Revisited: A Case Study of Student Performance in Economics and Econometrics 34th Australian Conference of Economists ACE 2005; University of Melbourne and ACE, Melbourne.

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2005) Maternal Socio-economic Status and Child Nutritional Outcomes: Evidence from Rural Nepal 34th Australian Conference of Economists ACE 2005; University of Melbourne and ACE, Melbourne.

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2005) Maternal education and child schooling outcomes in Nepal Workshop on Discrete Choice Labour Supply Models; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic (CHILD) Economics.

Dancer D, and Rammohan A (2005) Maternal Socio-economic Status and Child Nutritional Outcomes: Evidence from Rural Nepal 8th Labour Econometrics Workshop; Centre for Applied Economic Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

2004

Journal Article

Dancer D, and Fiebig D (2004) Modelling Students At Risk Australian Economic Papers, 43 (2), 158-173.

Conference Proceedings

Rammohan A, and Dancer D (2004) Gender Differences In Intrahousehold Schooling Attainment: The Role Of Sibling Characteristics And Birthorder Effects 33rd Australian Conference of Economists ACE 2004; Blackwell Press, Oxford, England.

Rammohan A, and Dancer D (2004) The determinants of schooling in Egypt: the role of gender and rural urban residence Canadian Economic Association (CEA) 2004 Conference; Canadian Economic Association, Canada.

2003

Journal Article

Dancer D (2003) The gender issue revisited: a case study of student performance in economics and econometrics Economic Analysis and Policy, 33 (1), 73-89.