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Dr Maria Racionero

Position(s):Associate Professor, Director ANU Centre for Economic Policy Research, Economics Honours Convenor
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Research School of Economics
ANU College of Business and Economics
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The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Maria Racionero

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Dr. Maria Racionero obtained the First National Prize, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, upon completion of her undergraduate studies. She pursued her doctoral studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, within the IDEA program (International Doctorate in Economic Analysis), where she obtained both a Master and a Ph D degrees in Economics. From 1997 she benefited from a TMR European Community grant to conduct research at CORE (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium). Her main field of research is public economic theory, with particular interest in optimal taxation theory, and her work has been published in refereed international journals (Canadian Journal of Economics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Oxford Economic Papers and International Tax and Public Finance).


Disciplines & research interests

  • Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Applied Microeconomics


Selected Publications

  • "Voting on income-contingent loans for higher education" (with Elena Del Rey), The Economic Record 88, Special Issue, June 2012, pp. 38-50.
  • "Unequal wages for equal utilities" (with Helmuth Cremer and Pierre Pestieau), International Tax and Public Finance, 18(4), August 2011, pp. 383-398.
  • "Voting on pensions: sex and marriage" (with Marie-Louise Leroux and Pierre Pestieau), European Journal of Political Economy 27(2), June 2011, pp. 281-296.
  • "Financing schemes for higher education" (with Elena Del Rey), European Journal of Political Economy 26(1), March 2010, pp. 104-113.
  • "Optimal redistribution with unobservable disability: welfarist versus non-welfarist social objectives" (with Pierre Pestieau), European Economic Review 53(6), August 2009, pp.636-644.
  • "Fixed wages and bonuses in agency contracts: the case of a continuous state space" (with John Quiggin), Journal of Public Economic Theory 8(5), December 2006, pp. 761-777.
  • "Optimal Redistribution when Different Workers are Indistinguishable" (with Maurice Marchand and Pierre Pestieau), Canadian Journal of Economics 36 (4), November 2003, pp. 911-922 .
  • "Optimal Redistribution with Heterogeneous Preferences for Leisure" (with Robin Boadway, Maurice Marchand and Pierre Pestieau), Journal of Public Economic Theory 4(4), October 2002, pp. 475-498.
  • "Optimal Educational Choice and Redistribution when Parental Education Matters" (with Elena Del Rey), Oxford Economic Papers 54(3), July 2002, pp. 435-448.
  • "Optimal Tax Mix with Merit Goods", Oxford Economic Papers 53(4), October 2001, pp. 628-641.
  • "Optimal Redistribution with Unobservable Preferences for an Observable Merit Good", International Tax and Public Finance Vol. 7 No 4/5, August 2000, pp.479-501.


  • ECON2131 Public Economics - Theory (P)
  • ECON2132 Public Economics - Theory (H)
  • ECON8034 Principles of Public Economics
  • ECON1100 Economics 1 (Honours)

Research Papers

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