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Alison Preston

Professor, BA (Hons) Strath., MBA Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • 209 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1990 …2019
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Professor Alison Preston is an applied micro-economist with a background in labour economics and industrial relations. Her research expertise lies in gendered aspects of labour markets, employment and economic security. She has a particular interest in wage setting and financial literacy.

Professor Preston has worked in the not-for-profit sector and has held senior roles in the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra and visiting appointments at the ILO in Geneva. She has advised State and Federal Governments on a wide range of matters and has been involved in a number of commissioned projects for industry and policy organisations including, the Minerals Council of Australia, FairWork Australia, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Western Australian Health Department.  She teaches in the area of business economics and public policy.

Alison joined UWA in 2013 as Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean of the then Faculty of Business (2013-2017). She was also Director of Accreditations (EQUIS and AACSB). Prior to joining UWA she was Professor of Economics and Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) as well as founding member and co-Director of the Women in Social & Economic Research (WiSER) cluster which was established in 1999 at Curtin University.  She remains affiliated to WiSER and is a member of the Australian Work+Famil Policy Roundtable research network.




Wage setting

Gender pay gap

Segmentation and labour market structures

Economic security

Financial literacy


  • Wage determination
  • women and the labour market
  • financial literacy
  • employment structures

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Research Output 1990 2019

Presentation: Understanding the gender gap in financial literacy

Preston, A. & Wright, R. E., 2019, (Unpublished) p. 1. 61 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera


Preston & Wright (2019) Understanding the gender gap in financial literacy. Supplementary Online Appendix

Preston, A. & Wright, R. E., 2019, (Unpublished) 31 p.

Research output: Other contribution


Review of the WA Labour Market and Wages

Preston, A., 2019, (Unpublished) Perth, Western Australia: University of Western Australa. 23 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Sexual orientation
Wage gap
Institutional change

Understanding multiple job holding in Australia. The role of gender

Preston, A. & Wright, R. E., 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera