Dr Carolyn Tran

BABusMgmt, MADevEc, PhD
Honorary Research Fellow (CEMA)
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The University of Sydney

Carolyn Tran is lecturer at University of New England, Business School. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Technology, Sydney, and at Western Sydney University. She was formerly Senior Research Officer at NSW Public Policy Institute, the University of Sydney; Postgraduate Program Manager in Business and  Director of Scholarship of Learning and Teaching at International College of Management, Sydney; and an education consultant of the World Bank.

Carolyn has written extensively on higher-education and public sectors, including local government. Recent publications have included research papers in Applied Economics, International Journal of Educational Development, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Public Administration, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly. 

  • Lecturer, Business School, University of New England
  • Member, East Asian Economic Association
  • Member, Economic Society of Australia
  • Member, International Data Envelopment Analysis Society

Journal articles
  • Tran, C. T. T. D. and Dollery, B. (2022). An empirical analysis of the impact of administrative intensity on the operational efficiency of the Victoria state local government system in Australia, Local Government Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2021.2023015 
  • Yarram, S. R., Tran, C-D. T.T. and Dollery, B. (2022, in print). Administrative Intensity in Local Government: Do Scale Economies Exist in New South Wales Local Government? Policy & Politics (A). https://doi.org/10.1111/polp.12467 
  • Tran, C-T.T.D. & Dollery, B. (2022). Administrative Intensity and Financial Sustainability: An Empirical Analysis of the Victorian Local Government System. Policy & Politics (A) (in print). 
  • Tran, C. T. T. D.. and Dollery, B. (2022). Does Persistent Cost Inefficiency Exist? A Municipal-Level Analysis of Expenditure in Victorian Local Government. Singapore Economic Review, 1–22.  DOI: 10.1142/s0217590822500084
  • Fellows, C., Tran, C-D.T.T. and Dollery, B. E (2021, online first). Is Bigger More Efficient? An Empirical Analysis of Scale Economies in Administration in South Australian Local Government, Economic Papers. DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12327
  • Pérez López, G., Tran, C-D.T.T., Dollery, B. (2021, online first). Is council co-operation cost efficient? An empirical analysis of waste collection in Spanish local government.
    Public Money & Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2021.1876335
  • Tran, C. T. T. D. and Dollery, B. (2021). Administrative intensity and local resident satisfaction in Victorian local government. Public Administration, 1–17. DOI: 10.1111/padm.12784
  • Tran, C-D.T.T., and Dollery, B. (2021). All the mind: Citizen satisfaction and financial performance in the Victorian local government system. Australian Accounting Review, 31(1) 51-64. DOI: 10.1111/auar.12317 
  • Tran, C. T. T. D. and Dollery, B. (2021): Does financial sustainability affect local resident satisfaction? The case of the Victorian local government system, Public Money & Management, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2021.1987629 
  • Tran, C. T. T. D. (2021). Efficiency of the teaching-industry linkage in the Australian vocational education and training. Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 13(1), 1-28. DOI: 10.1186/s40461-021-00116-0  
  • Agasisti, T., Yang, G.L, Song, Y-Y, & Tran, C-D.T.T. (2021) Evaluating the higher education productivity of Chinese and European “elite” universities using a meta-frontier approach. Scientometrics 126, 5819–5853. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-021-03978-z
  • Tran, C-D.T.T. & Dollery, B. (2021). Examining efficiency differentials by council type in South Australian local government: An environmentally adjusted meta-frontier DEA approach. Public Administration Quarterly, 44(2) 201-235. DOI: 10.37808/paq.44.2.3
  • Tran, C. T. T. D. and Dollery, B. (2021) What Exogenous Factors Generate Municipal Inefficiency? An Empirical Investigation of the Determinants of Input Excess in Local Government, Public Performance & Management Review, 44(3), 657-681, DOI: 10.1080/15309576.2021.1873153 
  • Tran, C-D.T.T., Battese, G. & Villano, R. (2020). Administrative capacity assessment in higher education: The case of universities in Vietnam. International Journal of Educational Development, 77, 10298. DOI:  10.1016/j.ijedudev.2020.102198