Photo of Alison Preston

Alison Preston

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 202 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1990 …2019
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Alison Preston is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Her research focuses on economic and social policy analysis on topics such as financial literacy, women’s employment, wage determination, flexible work and retirement incomes.

Alison joined UWA in 2013 as Deputy Dean of the then Faculty of Business (2013-2016) and Director of Accreditations (EQUIS and AACSB). Prior to that she was Professor of Economics and Director of the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) as well as co-Director of WiSER (Women in Social and Economic Research) at Curtin University.  She remains affiliated to WiSER.

Alison holds: a BA (Hons) from Strathclyde University, Scotland; an MBA from Curtin University; and a PhD in Economics and Industrial Relations from The University of Western Australia. She is currently a member of the Industrial Relations Journal editorial board.



Wage determination and wages policy
Gender pay gap
Segmentation and labour market structures
Financial literacy


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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Alison Preston is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 1 Similar Profiles
wage ratio Social Sciences
wage determination Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences
equity Social Sciences
labor market Social Sciences
employment conditions Social Sciences
industrial relations Social Sciences
trend Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1990 2019

Sexual orientation
Wage gap
Institutional change

Understanding the gender gap in financial literacy: Evidence from Australia

Preston, A. & Wright, R. E., 23 Apr 2019, In : The Economic Record. p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gender gap
Financial literacy
Labour market
Human capital
Market factors
Western Australia
Gender wage gap
Wage structure
Industry effects

Women, Labor Segmentation and Regulation: Varieties of Gender Gaps

Preston, A., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 60, 4, p. 586-587 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

6 Citations (Scopus)

Is there a part-time/ full-time pay differential in Australia?

Preston, A. & Yu, S., 2015, In : Journal of Industrial Relations. 57, 1, p. 24-47

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pay differentials
Human capital
Earnings gap