Christine Neill graduated from the University of Queensland (Australia) with a BEconomics (Hons) in 1992, and went to work as an economist in the Australian Treasury and later the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She returned to her studies in 1998, completing her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2006 specializing in labour and public economics. She began work at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. She has taught a variety of courses, including Education Economics, Income Distribution and Introductory Macroeconomics. Her work has been published in journals including Economics Letters, Economics of Education Review and the American Law and Economics Review.
Her research to date has focused on university financing, student loan policies and individuals' education decisions, with some analysis of Australian policy thrown in for good measure. She is currently examining how the switch to full-day kindergarten in Ontario's French language schools has changed students' test scores and their parents' propensities to work outside the home, and how parents' education attainment influences that of their children among Aboriginal Canadians.