Jenny Williams is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on empirically studying the causes and consequences of risky behaviours. She uses both survey data and administrative data in seeking to better understand people's behaviours, and the impact that policy has on these behaviours.
Jenny is particularly interested in evaluating the impact of policy on decisions about substance use and crime, and in understanding how these decisions effect other areas of life, including mental health, work, and schooling. Her research has been published in leading journals including the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics.
She is an Associate Editor of Australia’s leading economics journal, the Economic Record, and a member of the editorial board of Economics and Human Biology.