Professor Massimiliano Tani Bertuol

+61 2 5114 5007

I am an economist by training and my research is applied. My interest focuses on human capital at large: how to foster it with finite resources, to ensure its efficient international transfer through migration, and how to use it effectively to advance productivity, innovation, and economic growth at a firm or national level. I often use Australian data but work on data on Europe, Africa and China.

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). 

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

Gans J; King SA; Mankiw GN; Twite GJ, 2000, Principles of economics, Original, Harcourt, Sydney, Australia

Book Chapters

Tani Bertuol M; Mbaye L, 2021, 'Migration, Innovation, and Growth: An African Story?', in forthcoming in "Migration, Remittances and Sustainable Development in Africa", Edited by M. Konté and L.M.Mbaye, Routledge, London, 2021., Routledge

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,

Yates S; Dickinson H; Smith C; Tani Bertuol M, 2020, 'Flexibility in individual funding schemes: How well did Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme support remote learning for students with disability during COVID-19?', Social Policy & Administration,

Tani Bertuol M, 2020, 'Occupational licensing and the skills mismatch of highly educated migrants', British Journal of Industrial Relations,

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, 2014, 'Using a point system for selecting immigrants', IZA World of Labor,

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

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