Current projects

Currently, my research focuses on the Australian welfare system. I am researching the implications of recent policy changes, with a particular interest in effects on labour market and early life outcomes. I have three ongoing projects:

  1. ‘Compounding disadvantage: health effects of an early-life shock for Aboriginal children’ (with Stefanie Schurer) – summary of initial results available here.
  2. ‘Does welfare conditionality improve community-level outcomes? Evidence from Australia’s cashless welfare trials’
  3. ‘Seasonal patterns in newborns’ health: quantifying the roles of climate, communicable disease, economic and social factors’, Under review (working paper available on request)


Haddon, L, Cino, D and Doyle, M-A, ‘The challenges of conducting systematic evidence reviews: A case study of factors shaping children’s digital skills‘, Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, 2023

Doyle, M-A, Schurer, S, Silburn, S, ‘Unintended consequences of welfare reform: Evidence from birthweight of Aboriginal children in Australia’, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 84, 2022

Haddon, L, Cino, D, Doyle, M-A, Livingstone, S, Mascheroni, G, Stoilova, M ‘Children’s and Young People’s Digital Skills: A Systematic Evidence Review‘, ySkills project, Nov 2020.

Doyle, M-A, ‘Consumer Credit Card Choice: Costs, Benefits and Behavioural Biases’, RBA Research Discussion Paper 2018-11.

Doyle, M-A, Fisher, C, Tellez, E and Yadav, A, ‘How Australians Pay: Evidence from the 2016 Consumer Payments Survey’, RBA Research Discussion Paper 2017-04.