Professor Massimiliano Tani Bertuol

+61 2 6268 8843

I carry out applied research with an economic angle and business/policy implications, mostly related to how knowledge forms and what actions enhance it. For example, I have analysed whether mobility improves productive knowledge at individual, organisational, and national level; whether visiting and being visited have different effects on productivity (and what travel budgets should promote!); what prevents the full use of foreign-trained migrants' human capital  in the destination country; whether presenting topics as stories unfolding in documentaries rather than video-lectures improve students' cognitive skills; and whether a small teaching innovation increases the in-class participation of Asian students in Australian classrooms. I also carry out more traditional analyses about the labour market including employment choices facing migrants, rural-urban migration in China, the labour market for graduates, employment and subjective well-being, and depression pointers among students in medicine and law. 

I enjoy data-intensive work to establish correlations as well as cause-effect relationships, including those emerging from small-scale experiments. I work with both cross-sectional and panel data techniques. My work generally uses well-known secondary data from national statistical offices but have organised the collection of primary data from travellers at Australia's main airports (more than 20 surveyers!) and students in Australia and Singapore (over 5,000 respondents). 

I teach/taught macroeconomics as well as finance at both undergraduate and graduate level in face-to-face and distance mode. My education includes a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia), a MSc Econ from the LSE and Laurea from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). Before moving to Australia in 1999 I had a previous life in investment banking in the UK. 

Current affiliations:

2015-present: Professor, School of Business, UNSW Canberra

2005-present: Research Fellow, Institute for the Future of Labor (IZA), Germany

2018-present: Associate Member, Centre for Workforce Futures, Macquarie University

2016-present: Research Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO), Maastricht, Netherlands



Employment history:

2015-present: Professor, School of Business, UNSW Canberra

2014-2015: Senior Research Associate, IZA, Bonn, Germany

2007-2013: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University

2002-2007: Senior Lecturer, School of Business, UNSW Canberra

Research Area


Stiglitz JE; Guest R; Walsh CE, 2014, Introductory Macroeconomics

Journal articles

Tani Bertuol M; Cheng Z; Piracha M; Wang BZ, 2020, 'Ageing, health, loneliness and wellbeing', Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement,

Wang C; Akgüҫ M; Liu X; Tani M, 2020, 'Expropriation with hukou change and labour market outcomes in China', China Economic Review, vol. 60,

Tani Bertuol M, 2020, 'L’Australia: un Paese da primati, ma fino a quando?', Relazioni internazionali e International political economy del Sud-Est asiatico,

Tani Bertuol M; Heaton C; Carroll D, 2019, 'Does it pay to graduate from an 'elite' university in Australia?', Economic Record,

Tani Bertuol M, 2018, 'Migration policy and immigrants’ labour market performance', International Migration Review,

Tani Bertuol MD; Vivarelli M; Piva M, 2017, 'Business visits, knowledge diffusion and productivity', Journal of Population Economics, vol. 31, pp. 1321 - 1338,

Tani Bertuol MD, 2017, 'Local signals and the returns to foreign education', Economics of Education Review, vol. 61, pp. 174 - 190,

Tani M; Akguec M; Liu X; Zimmermann KF, 2016, 'Risk attitudes and migration', China Economic Review (Amsterdam), vol. 37, pp. 166 - 176,

Tani M, 2016, 'Hukou changes and social well-being in China', Social Indicators Research: an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement, vol. 132, pp. 47 - 61,

Cui Y; Nahm D; Tani M, 2015, 'Wage Differentials and Employment Choice of Chinese Rural-Migrant and Urban-Resident Workers', Australian Economic Review, vol. 48, pp. 382 - 399,

Nahm D; Tani M, 2015, 'Skilled immigrants' contribution to productive efficiency', JOURNAL OF THE ASIA PACIFIC ECONOMY, vol. 20, pp. 594 - 612,

Akgüç M; Liu X; Tani M; Zimmermann KF, 2015, 'Risk attitudes and migration', China Economic Review,

Carroll D; Tani M, 2015, 'Job search as a determinant of graduate over-education: evidence from Australia', EDUCATION ECONOMICS, vol. 23, pp. 631 - 644,

Cui Y; Nahm D; Tani M, 2015, 'Employment choice and ownership structure in transitional China', The Singapore Economic Review, vol. 62, pp. 1550088 - 1550088,

Sharpe KA; Tani M, 2014, 'Size matters: capital market size and risk-return profiles', Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, vol. 6, pp. 101 - 107,

Byers P; Tani M, 2014, 'Engaging or training sessional staff Evidence from an Australian case of enhanced engagement and motivation in teaching delivery', AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES REVIEW, vol. 56, pp. 13 - 21

Tani M; Mahuteau S; Piracha M; Vaira M, 2014, 'Selection policy and entrepreneurship', International Migration

Tani M; Byers P, 2014, 'Engaging or training sessional staff: evidence from an Australian case', Australian Universities' Review

Tani M, 2014, 'Business visits and the quest for external knowledge', Research in Labor Economics, vol. 40, pp. 293 - 324,

Tani M; Nahm D; Cui Y, 2014, 'The determinants of rural migrants’ employment choice in China: results from joint estimation', Applied Economics Research Bulletin

Tani M; Piracha M; Vaira M, 2014, 'Social capital and immigrants' labour market performance', Papers in Regional Science, vol. 95, pp. S107 - +,

Tani M, 2014, 'Flows of People and Knowledge between Italy and Australia', International Migration, vol. 52, pp. 112 - 127,

Tani M; Heaton C; Chan G, 2013, 'The Wage Premium of Foreign Education: New Evidence from Australia', AUSTRALIAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, vol. 46, pp. 395 - 404,

Carroll D; Tani M, 2013, 'Over-education of recent higher education graduates: New Australian panel evidence', ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION REVIEW, vol. 32, pp. 207 - 218,

Tani M; Carroll D, 2013, 'Labour market under-utilisation of recent higher education graduates: new Australian panel evidence', Economics of Education Review

Piracha M; Tani M; Vadean F, 2012, 'Immigrant over- and under-education: the role of home country labour market experience', IZA JOURNAL OF MIGRATION, vol. 1,

Tani M, 2012, 'Does immigration policy affects the education-occupation mismatch? Evidence from Australia', Australian Bulletin of Labour

Dowrick S; Tani M, 2011, 'International business visits and the technology frontier', ECONOMICS LETTERS, vol. 110, pp. 209 - 212,

Tani M; Guo F; Hugo G, 2010, 'Introduction: New Developments in Australia's Skilled Migration Flows', ASIAN AND PACIFIC MIGRATION JOURNAL, vol. 19, pp. 1 - 3

Tani M, 2010, 'International labour visits and knowledge transfers', Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 19, pp. 117 - 142,


Amin Z; Tani M; Hoon Eng K; Samarasekara DD; Huak CY, 2009, 'Motivation, study habits, and expectations of medical students in Singapore', Medical Teacher, vol. 31, pp. e560 - e569,

Ramburuth P; Tani M, 2009, 'The impact of culture on learning: exploring student perceptions', Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, vol. 3, pp. 182 - 195,

Vines PE; Tani M, 2009, 'Law Student's Attitudes to Education: Pointers to Depression in the Legal Academy and the Profession?', Legal Education Review, vol. 19, pp. 3 - 40

Tani M, 2008, 'Raising the in-class participation of Asian students through a writing tool', HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 27, pp. 345 - 356,

Tani M, 2008, 'Short-term skilled labour movements and economic growth', INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, vol. 46, pp. 161 - 187,

Tani M, 2007, 'International business visits', Agenda: a journal of policy analysis and reform

Ho MT; Tani M, 2007, 'What medical students value from their teachers', Australian Health Review, vol. 31, pp. 358 - 361

Tani M, 2006, 'International Business Visits', Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, vol. 13, pp. 323 - 337

Tani M; Sassetti P, 2006, 'Dynamic Asset Allocation Using Systematic Sector Rotation', Journal of Wealth Management, vol. 8, pp. 59 - 70

Hatton TJ; Tani M, 2005, 'Immigration and Inter-regional Mobility in the UK, 1982-2000', The Economic Journal, vol. 115, pp. 342 - 358

Markowski S; Tani M, 2005, 'Defense Expenditure, Spill-ins and Threats in Asia-Pacific 1985-2001', Defense and Security Analysis, vol. 21, pp. 243 - 265,

Tani M, 2005, 'On the Motivations of Business Travel: Evidence from an Australian Survey', Asia Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 14, pp. 419 - 440

Tani M, 2003, 'Do Foreigners Cusion Native Jobs? The Case of European Regions in the 1990s', Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, vol. 17, pp. 459 - 487

Tani M, 2003, 'International Business Travel and Australia`s Skill Endowment', Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, vol. 10, pp. 245 - 258

Tani M, 2003, 'Have Europeans become more mobile? A note on regional evolutions in the EU: 1988-1997', Economics Letters, vol. 80, pp. 23 - 30,

Conference Papers

Manuguerra M; Sofronov G; Tani M; Heller G, 2013, 'Monte Carlo methods in spatio-temporal regression modeling of migration in the EU', in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2013 IEEE CONFERENCE ON COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR FINANCIAL ENGINEERING & ECONOMICS (CIFER), IEEE, Singapore, SINGAPORE, pp. 128 - 134, presented at IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics (CIFEr), Singapore, SINGAPORE, 16 April 2013 - 19 April 2013,

Cui Y; Tani M; Nahm D, 2012, 'The determinants of employment choice of rural migrant workers in China: SOEs and non-SOEs', in Tsounis N; Vlahvei A (ed.), INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPLIED ECONOMICS (ICOAE), ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Econ, Uppsala, SWEDEN, pp. 98 - 107, presented at International Conference on Applied Economics (ICOAE), Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Econ, Uppsala, SWEDEN, 28 June 2012 - 30 June 2012,

Sharpe KA; Tani Bertuol MD, 2007, 'Size Matters: Capital Market Size and ERisk-Return Profiles', in 36th Australian Conference of Economists, 36th Australian Conference of Economists, Hobart, presented at 36th Australian Conference of Economists, Hobart, 24 September 2007 - 26 September 2007

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