Specialisation: Banking and financial regulation
Ian Harper is Dean and Director of the Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is also a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Ian is a professional economist best known for his work in public policy. During his 35-year career, he has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.
From March 2011 to March 2018 Ian was a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and then a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics. He chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators, from March 2014 to March 2015.
From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.
Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. In 2016 he was elected a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and received a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Queensland.
Ian is married to Roslyn and they have two adult sons and four grandchildren.
March 2018 – Dean & Director, Melbourne Business School
May 2016 – Feb 2018 Senior Advisor, Deloitte Access Economics Pty Ltd
March 2011 – May 2016 Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
July 2009–Feb. 2011 Director, Access Economics Pty Ltd
Sept. 2008–June 2009 Senior Consultant, Access Economics Pty Ltd
Nov. 2004–Aug. 2008 Executive Director, Centre for Business & Public Policy, Melbourne Business School
April 2004–Nov. 2004 Acting Dean & Director, Melbourne Business School
Feb. 2002–April 2004 Assistant Director & Dean of Faculty, Melbourne Business School
Feb. 2002–Aug. 2008 Sidney Myer Professor of Commerce and Business Administration,
Melbourne Business School
Jan. 1998–Feb. 2002 Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne
Feb. 1993–Jan. 1998 Ian Potter Professor of International Finance,
Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne
July 1988–Feb. 1993 National Australia Bank Professor of Monetary and Financial Economics,
Faculty of Economics and Commerce, University of Melbourne
April 1985–July 1988 Lecturer in Economics, Australian National University
1983–April 1985 Head of Special Projects Section, Research Department, Reserve Bank of Australia
1982 Temporary Lecturer in Economics, Australian National University
1979–1980 Part–time Tutor in Economics, Australian National University
1977 Part–time Tutor in Economics, University of Queensland
Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, University of Queensland, 2016
Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, 2016
First Prize, Australian Christian Literature Awards, 2011
Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2009
Appointed Professor Emeritus of The University of Melbourne, 2008
Elected to ANU Faculty of Economics & Commerce Alumni Hall of Fame, 2004
Fellowship of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2000
Fulbright Post–Doctoral Fellowship Award, 1987
Technical University of Berlin German Language Scholarship, 1986 (declined)
International Monetary Fund, ‘Young Professionals Program’, 1985 (declined)
Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, 1979
Australian National University Master Degree Scholarship, 1978
CEDA Prize in Economics, 1978
University Medal, 1977
Brinds Limited Prize in Economics, 1976
Australian National University Vacation Scholarship, 1976
Archibald Scholarship, 1975
Economics for Life, Acorn Press: Melbourne, 2011 (2011 Australian Christian Book of the Year), pp.ix+174.
Christian Theology and Market Economics, (co-edited with Samuel Gregg), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2008 (re-issued in paperback, 2010), pp.ix+225.
Christian Morality and Market Capitalism: Friends or Foes? The Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, Occasional Paper 87, The Centre for Independent Studies Limited, Sydney, 2003, pp.iv+18.
Solutions Manual for Financial Economics, (with J. Eichberger, C. Pfeil and F. Scheid), Oxford University Press: Oxford & New York, 2002, pp.ix+250.
The Distribution of Work & Wealth in Australia: Report of a Task Force of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, (with P. Boyce, H.G. Brennan and G. Preece), General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, 2001, pp.viii+51.
Economics and Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue, (with Samuel Gregg), Occasional Paper 71, The Centre for Independent Studies Limited, Sydney, 1999, pp.ix+50.
Financial Economics, (with Jürgen Eichberger), Oxford University Press: Oxford & New York, 1997, pp.xvii+260. (Translated into Russian & Chinese.)
Privatisation: The Financial Implications, (edited jointly with K.T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia Limited: Sydney, 1993, pp.xiii+174.
“Superannuation and the Australian Financial System, (edited jointly with
K.T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia Limited: Sydney, 1992, pp.x+182.
Risk Management in Financial Institutions, (edited jointly with K.T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia Limited: Sydney, 1991, pp.v+159.
Structural Imbalance in the Australian Labour Market, CEDA Monograph M63, September 1980.
Chapters in books
~“Are you cut out for public life?”, in P. Crisp (ed.), So you want to be a leader: influential people reveal how to succeed in public life, Hybrid Publishers: Melbourne, 2015, pp.228-236.
“Usury” (with L. Smirl) in Paul Oslington (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2014, pp.564-580.
“Religion matters for Faith, Hope and Love” in G. Johns (ed.), Really dangerous ideas: what does and does not matter, Connor Court: Ballan, 2013, pp.35-41.
“Mortgage interest rate regulation” (with L. Smirl) in Susan J. Smith (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier: San Diego, 2012, pp.382-388 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780080471631002526).
“Globalization and labor markets: developments in the Asia-Pacific” in Noel Gaston and Ahmed Khalid (eds.), Globalization and Economic Integration: Winners and Losers in the Asia-Pacific, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2010, pp.185-204.
“Church Leaders and the Market Place” in Peter Corney and Evonne Paddison (eds.), A Passion for Leadership, Arrow Leadership Australia, 2009, pp.99-108.
“Discussion” in Paul Bloxham and Christopher Kent (eds.), Lessons from the Financial Turmoil of 2007 and 2008, Reserve Bank of Australia, 2008, pp.136-137.
“Introduction” (with Samuel Gregg) in Ian R. Harper and Samuel Gregg (eds.),” Christian Theology and Market Economics, Edward Elgar, 2008, pp.1-10.
“Treating ‘affluenza’: the moral challenge of affluence” (with Eric. L. Jones) in Ian R. Harper and Samuel Gregg (eds.),” Christian Theology and Market Economics, Edward Elgar, 2008, pp.146-163.
“Introduction” (with Philip Lowe) in Payments System Review Conference: Proceedings of a Conference held in Sydney on 29 November 2007, Reserve Bank of Australia, 2008, pp.1-4.
“Discussion” in Christopher Kent and Jeremy Lawson (eds.), The Structure and Resilience of the Financial System, Reserve Bank of Australia, 2007, pp.285-288.
“Christian Foundations of Australia’s Economic Development” in Stuart Piggin (ed.), Shaping the Good Society in Australia, Australia’s Christian Heritage National Forum, Macquarie Centre, NSW, 2006, pp.139-146.
“The Development of Electronic Payments Systems” (with Ric Simes and Craig Malam) in Russell Cooper, Gary Madden, Ashley Lloyd, Michael Schipp (eds.), The Economics of Online Markets and ICT Networks, Physica-Verlag, 2006, pp. 25-40.
Does risk management make financial markets riskier?” (with Joachim Keller, Christian Pfeil) in M. Frenkel, U. Hommel, and M. Rudolf (eds.), Risk management: challenge and opportunity. 2nd ed., Berlin; [Great Britain]: Springer, 2005, p. 765-783.
“Electronic payments systems” (with L.M. Goldschlager) in I. Garrett (ed.) The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, 2nd ed., Carlton, Vic., Australia: Blackwell Publishing, 2005, pp.53-55.
“Multinational banking: historical, empirical and case perspectives” (with Elisa A. Curry and Justin G. Fung), in A.W. Mullineux and V. Murinde (eds.), Handbook of International Banking, Edward Elgar, UK and USA, 2003, pp. 27–59.
“The Future of Banking” (with Tom C.H. Chan), in Benton E. Gup (ed.), The Future of Banking, Quorum Books, 2002, pp. 31–45.
“Mergers “Down Under”: An Australian Perspective on Mergers in Financial Services”, in Benton E. Gup (ed.), Megamergers in a Global Economy: Causes and Consequences, Quorum Books, 2002, pp.103–110.
“Does Risk Management Make Financial Markets Riskier?” (with J. Keller and C. Pfeil), in M. Frenkel, U. Hommel and M. Rudolf (eds.), Risk Management: Challenge and Opportunity, Springer–Verlag, 2000, pp.3–23.
“Economic Rationalism: The Economist’s View of the World”, in S. Gregg and I. Harper, Economics and Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue, Occasional Paper 71, Centre for Independent Studies, 1999, pp.2–17.
“Electronic Payments Systems” (with L. Goldschlager), in D. Paxon and D. Wood (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopedic Dictionary of Finance, Cambridge, Mass.:Blackwell, 1997, pp.54–57.
“Taxation and the Allocation of Household Saving: Further Evidence for Australia” (with V.W. FitzGerald), in J.G. Head & R. Krever (eds.), Taxation towards 2000, Australian Tax Research Foundation, Conference Series No. 19, 1997, pp.293–321.
“Housing Finance in Australia” in M.K. Lewis and R.H.Wallace (eds.), The Australian Financial System: Evolution, Policy and Practice, Addison Wesley Longman Australia, 1997, pp.204–220.
“Economic rationalism and social justice: a contradiction in terms?”, in
The Utopian Quest for Social Justice, Proceedings of the Galations Group Conference, August 1996.
“National Saving Policy –Comments by Ian Harper” in National Saving Policy: Proceedings of a CEDA Focus Group on National Saving, Committee for Economic Development of Australia, October 1994, pp.18–21.
“The Effects of Financial Market Deregulation on Bank Risk and Profitability” (with T. Scheit), in M. Johnson, et. al., (eds.), Issues in Australian Economics, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994, pp. 27–39.
“Introduction”, in Should We Worry About the Foreign Debt?, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, April 1994, pp.3–9.
“The Operation of Monetary Policy in a Deregulated Financial System”, in G. Bell and B. Hession (eds.), The Economy in Reform: Readings in Australian Economic Policy, VCTA Publishing, 1993, pp. 61–66.
“The Financial Aspects of Privatisation: An Overview” (with K.T. Davis), in Kevin Davis and Ian Harper (eds.), Privatisation: The Financial Implications, Allen & Unwin Australia Limited, Sydney, 1993, pp. 1–7.
“‘Economic Rationalism’ on Trial: The Case of Financial Deregulation (with P. Leslie), in S. King and P.J. Lloyd (eds.), Economic Rationalism: Dead End or Way Forward?, Allen & Unwin Australia Limited, Sydney, 1993, pp. 84–103.
“Economic Rationalism: The Economist’s View of the World”, in A. Hukins (ed.), Educating for Profit?, Australian Teachers’ Christian Fellowship, 1993, pp.39–50.
“Super Preferred or ‘Level Playing Field’?: Implications for Saving and the Financial System” (with V.W. FitzGerald), in J.G. Head (ed.), Fightback!: An Economic Assessment, Australian Tax Research Foundation, Sydney, 1993, pp.123–170.
“Banks, Super Funds and the Future of Financial Intermediation” (with V.W. FitzGerald) in Kevin Davis and Ian Harper (eds.), Superannuation and the Australian Financial System, Allen & Unwin Australia Limited, Sydney, 1992, pp. 40–58.
“Superannuation and the Australian Financial System: An Overview” (with K.T. Davis) in Kevin Davis and Ian Harper (eds.), Superannuation and the Australian Financial System, Allen & Unwin Australia Limited, Sydney, 1992, pp. 1–7.
“The New Monetary Economics” (with A. Coleman), in P. Newman, M. Milgate and J. Eatwell (eds.), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Money and Finance, The Macmillan Press Limited, London, 1992, Volume 3, pp. 28–31.
“Financial Deregulation in Australia: Boon or Bane?” (with R. Ackland), in P.J. Forsyth (ed.) Microeconomic Reform in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1992, pp.45–71.
“Fees and Freedom”, in J. Anwyl (ed.), CSHE 1991 Spring Lectures on Higher Education, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, 1992, pp. 25–29.
“The Operation of Monetary Policy in a Deregulated Financial System”, in D. Moore (ed.), Can Monetary Policy be Made to Work?, Institute of Public Affairs Limited, Melbourne, 1992, pp. 51–63. (Reprinted in The Economics Education Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, July/August 1993, pp. 1–7.)
“Bank Deregulation in Australia: Choice and Diversity, Gainers and Losers”, in I.J. Macfarlane (ed.), The Deregulation of Financial Intermediaries, Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney, 1991, pp. 63–86.
“Risk Management in Financial Institutions: An Overview” (with K.T. Davis), in Kevin Davis and Ian Harper (eds.), Risk Management in Financial Institutions, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1991, pp. 1–11.
“The Impact of Financial Deregulation on the Availability of Venture Capital in Australia”, in Issues in Business Finance, Office of EPAC Background Paper No. 15, AGPS, Canberra, July 1991, pp. 1–14.
“Panel Discussion”, in Lawrence H. White (et.al.), Do We Need a Reserve Bank?, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, 1990, pp. 50–51.
“Comment on ‘Money and Finance’ by R. Milbourne”, in S. Grenville (ed.), The Australian Macro–Economy in the 1980s: Proceedings of a Conference, Research Department, Reserve Bank of Australia, September 1990, pp.277–281.
“Trends in Pension Fund Portfolio Management in Australia”, in L. Hannah (ed.), Pension Asset Management: An International Perspective, Richard D. Irwin Inc., 1988, pp. 123–159.
“Sir Denison Miller” (with C.B. Schedvin), in R.T. Appleyard and C.B. Schedvin (eds.), Australian Financiers: Biographical Essays, Macmillan, 1988, pp. 206–225.
“Financial intermediaries under the microscope” (with P.L. Swan), in D. Johannes Jüttner and Tom Valentine (eds.), The Economics and Management of Financial Institutions, Longman Cheshire Pty. Ltd., 1987, pp. 50–59.
“The Political Economy of Deregulation”, in M. James (ed.), Restraining Leviathan: Small Government in Practice, The Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, 1987, pp. 157–172.
“Taxation and Superannuation: A Review of Recent Developments”, in R. Mendelsohn (ed.), Finance of Old Age, ANU Press, Canberra, 1986, pp.133–140.
“The Welfare Gains from Bank Deregulation” (with P.L. Swan), Australian Financial System Inquiry, Commissioned Studies and Selected Papers, Part 1 1982, pp. 475–512.
“The Cost of Consumer Finance in Australia” (with R.K. Anstie), Australian Financial System Inquiry, Commissioned Studies and Selected Papers, Part 4, 1982, pp. 257–288.
Articles in Refereed Journals
“Minimum Wage Setting under Fair Work Australia: Back to the Future?” (with R. McKibbin), Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol.36, no.3, 2010, pp.314-320.
“Making Sense of the GFC: Where Did It Come From and What Do We Do Now?” (with M. Thomas), Economic Papers, vol. 28, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 196–205.
“Financial Deregulation and Household Debt: The Australian Experience” (with H. Green and L. Smirl), Australian Economic Review, vol. 42, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 340–6.
“Implementing Best Practice Regulation in a Dynamic Marketplace: Consultation and Accountability” (with R. Simes and H. Green), Economic Papers, SPECIAL EDITION, June 2008, pp.24-40.
“Setting Australia’s Minimum Wages in 2007 and Beyond: Building a New Australian Economic Institution” [The Seventeenth Colin Clark Memorial Lecture], Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol.37, No.2, September 2007, pp.109-118.
“A Decade of Internationalization: The Experience of an Australian Retail Bank” (with J. Fung, E. Bain and J. Onto), Journal of International Financial Institutions, Markets and Money, Volume 12, Issues 4–5, October–December 2002, pp.399–417.
“E–Commerce and the Australian Economy” (with E. Dunt), The Economic Record, Vol.78, No.242, September 2002, pp.327–342.
“Financial Integration: Evidence from Australia” (with Elisa Bain), North American Actuarial Journal, Vol.4, No.3, July 2000, pp.1–19.
“Public Hospital Costs in Two Australian States” (with J. Fahrer and J. Fung), Australian Economic Review, Vol.33, No.2, June 2000, pp.182–192.
“Mergers in Financial Services: Why the Rush?”, Australian Economic Review, Vol.33, No.1, March 2000, pp.67–72.
“The Wallis Report—An Overview”, Banking and Finance Law Review, Volume 13, 1998, pp.449–471.
“Re–configuring regulation: an Australian perspective”, The Financial Regulator, Vol.2, No.3, December 1997, pp.33–34.
“The Wallis Report: An Overview”, Australian Economic Review, Vol.30, No.3, September 1997, pp.288–300.
“Address: Financial System Inquiry Discussion Paper”, Journal of Applied Finance and Investment, Special Supplement, 1997, pp.115–121.
“Measuring Seigniorage in Australia” (with Nerida Slizys), Economic Papers, Vol.15, No.2, June 1996, 20–27.
“Comment”, Agenda, Vol.3, No.1, 1996, pp.21–24.
“Implementing Monetary Policy in a Deregulated Financial System: A Model of the Australian Short Term Money Market” (with J. Carmichael), Pacific–Basin Finance Journal, 3 (1995), pp.409–428.
“What Are the Social Responsibilities of Banks?”, Agenda, Vol.2, No.3, 1995, pp.393–396.
“Electronic Payments Systems and their Economic Implications”
(with P.J. Leslie), Policy, Vol.11, No.1, Autumn 1995, pp.23–28.
“Getting into Bonds”, Agenda, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1995, pp.81–92.
“The Effects of Financial Market Deregulation on Bank Risk and Profitability” (with T. Scheit), Australian Economic Papers, December 1992, pp.260–271.
“Regulatory Reform of State–Based Non–Bank Depository Institutions in Australia” (with J. Carmichael and J.B. Herendeen), Bond Management Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, November 1992, pp. 51–58.
“Superannuation –Preferred or ‘Level Playing Field’?: Implications for Saving and the Financial System” (with V.W. FitzGerald), Australian Tax Forum, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1992, pp.193–258.
“Official Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market” (with G.C. Lim), Australian Economic Review, 4th Quarter, 1991 pp.67–71.
“Implementing Monetary Policy in an Era of Budget Surpluses” (with J.J. Pearce), Australian Economic Review, 2nd Quarter 1990, pp.53–65.
“Introduction” (with Kevin Davis), Australian Economic Review, 2nd Quarter 1990, pp.4–5.
“On Deposit Interest Rate Regulation and Deregulation” (with Jürgen Eichberger), Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1, September 1989, pp.19–30.
“Is Monetary Policy Too Tight?” (with G.C. Lim), The Australian Economic Review, 2nd Quarter 1989, pp.15–24.
“The SRD and Monetary Policy”, The Economic Record, Volume 64, Number 186, September 1988, pp.178–186.
“Financial Implications of the Commonwealth Budget Surplus” (with G.C. Lim), The Australian Economic Review, 4th Quarter 1988, pp.19–25.
“Monetary Policy in a Deregulated Financial System”, The Australian Economic Review, 4th Quarter 1988, pp.58–63.
“The Australian Economy –A Bicentennial Perspective”, The Economic Review, Volume 5, Number 3, January 1988, pp. 16–20.
“Price and Quantity Controls as Facilitating Devices” (with Jürgen Eichberger), Economics Letters, Volume 23 (1987), pp. 223–228.
“Financial Deregulation in Australia –Experience, Problems and Prospects”, Canberra Bulletin of Public Administration, Volume XIII, Number 3, Spring 1986, pp.325–329.
“Issues in the Development of the Australian Payments System”, Bulletin of Money, Banking and Finance, No. 3, 1985–86, pp. 44–52.
“Why Financial Deregulation?”, The Australian Economic Review, 1st Quarter 1986, pp. 37–49.
“An Application of Contestable Market Analysis to the Australian Banking Industry”, Economic Analysis and Policy, New Series, Volume 16, No. 1, March 1986, pp. 50–60.
“Some Speculation on the Long–Term Implications of Financial Deregulation and Innovation”, Economic Papers, Volume 3, No. 4, December 1984,
“Comment on ‘Financial Regulation in Australia'”, Australian Economic Review, 3rd Quarter 1984, pp. 151–152.
“Taxation and Life Insurance: A Theoretical Analysis”, The Economic Record, Volume 60, No. 169, June 1984, pp. 165–175.
“Campbell on Taxation of Life Insurance and Superannuation in Australia”, Economic Papers, (Special Edition), April 1983, pp. 25–37.
“The Recommendations of the Campbell Committee on the Taxation of Life Insurance and Superannuation in Australia”, Bulletin of Money, Banking and Finance, Macquarie University, March 1983, pp. 32–42.
“The Impact of Inflation and Taxation on Tenure Choice and the Redistributive Effects of Home–Mortgage Interest Rate Regulation” (with R.K. Anstie and C.C. Findlay), The Economic Record, Volume 59, No. 165, June 1983, pp. 105–109.
“The Relationship Between Unemployment and Unfilled Vacancies in Australia: 1952–1978”, The Economic Record, Volume 56, No. 145, September 1980, pp. 231–243.
“Tariff Uncertainty and the Firm’s Decision to Invest”, Economic Analysis and Policy, New Series, Volume 8, No. 2, September 1978, pp. 43–61.
Articles in Non–Refereed Journals
“It will take political courage to revitalize competition”, The Australian Financial Review, 1 April 2015, p.39.
“What really matters”, The Australian Financial Review, 17 April 2014, p.2R.
“‘Hilmer Mk II’ will take the widest view”, The Australian Financial Review, 15 April 2014, p.50.
“From crisis to cosy: why banking needs another inquiry”, The Conversation (https://theconversation.edu.au), posted 6 November 2013.
“The challenge of economic change” (with Claire Lyster), The Australian Corporate Lawyer, Vol. 23, Issue 3, September 2013, pp.38-39.
“Tougher times ahead as the mining boom shifts gears”, The Conversation (https://theconversation.edu.au), posted 6 February 2013.
“Productivity growth key to riding the boom”, The Australian, 29 October 2012, p.14.
“Is competition crucial to the health of the financial sector: you can bank on it”, The Conversation (https://theconversation.edu.au), posted 8 August 2012.
“Stability versus competition”, The Australian Financial Review, 8 August 2012, p.55.
“Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis” (with Robert Carling), CIS Policy Forum 23, May 2012, pp.17-26.
“Grim faces as GDP booms: what is happening here?”, The Conversation (https://theconversation.edu.au), posted 12 June 2012.
“Blanket fix for patchwork bind”, The Australian Financial Review, 6 June 2012, p.55.
“Managing the mighty structural forces unleashed by the mining boom”, The Conversation (https://theconversation.edu.au), posted 26 April 2012.
“Atheists can’t see that faith complements science”, The Australian, 10 April 2012, p.10.
“Time to push the financial worth of a degree” (with Ben Lodewijks), The Australian Financial Review, 8 August 2011, p.30.
“There’s a place for spiritual and ethical guidance in the classroom”, The Australian, 26 May 2011, p.12.
“Unlock the savings in people’s homes to fund their old age”, The Australian, 25 January 2011, p.14.
“No bacon with curate’s egg”, The Australian Financial Review, 13 December 2010, p.55.
“Deposit insurance would allow covered bonds” (with Ric Simes and Mike Thomas), The Australian Financial Review, 3 December 2010, p.63.
“Securitisation revival crucial”, (with Ric Simes and Mike Thomas), The Australian Financial Review, 18 November 2010, p.67.
“Is that a bubble? Or are we imagining it?”, Herald Sun, 15 October 2010, p.74.
“High price to be paid for bank safety”, The Australian Financial Review, 16 September 2010, p.67.
“It’s high time for a Wallis mark II”, The Australian Financial Review, 22 June 2010, p.67.
“Re-thinking the fundamentals: the impact of the changes on the financial markets of the future”, in Securities and investments regulation: beyond the crisis, Report of the ASIC Summer School 2010, pp.33-39.
“Two-edged Sword”, Australia China Connections, May/June 2010, pp.26-27.
“Government resolute on PBS”, The Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Vol. 91, April 2010, p.22.
“Times have changed for the lowest paid”, The Australian Financial Review, 19 March 2010, p.63.
“Research key to balancing pay equity with jobs growth”, The Age, 30 December 2009, p.11.
“Why would an economic liberal set minimum wages?”, Policy, Vol.25, No.4, Summer 2009-10, pp.3-7.
“No need to overturn the Australian way”, The Australian Financial Review, 15 October 2009, p.63.
“Wallis revisited: how well has Australia’s financial regulatory system weathered the GFC?” inFinance, Volume 123, No. 03, August 2009, pp.17-19.
“The Moral Challenge of Affluence”, Debate, Issue 4, March 2009, pp.18-21.
“Angst as Labor backs banks”, The Australian Financial Review, 10 February 2009, p.63.
“Damn greed, but don’t ban risk-taking”, The Australian Financial Review (Weekend Edition), 18-19 October 2008, p.63.
“Swift action key on deposit safety”, The Australian Financial Review, 9 October 2008, p.79.
“Four pillars, not much wisdom”, The Australian Financial Review, 3 June 2008, p.71.
“To have and have not”, The Weekend Australian, 26-27 April 2008, p.27.
“Different intentions and styles”, The Australian, 8 April 2008, p.24.
“Weight of the world”, Business Review Weekly, 5-11 April 2007, p.58.
“Time for son of Wallis”, Insto, October 2006, pp.46-49.
“Research and consultation to reach a fair pay deal”, The Australian, 30 October 2006, p.12.
“Is it time for ‘son’ of Wallis?” (with Robert Skeffington), The Melbourne Review, Vol. 2, No.1, May 2006, pp.35-40.
“It’s hard work being fair to everyone”, The Australian Financial Review, 20 February 2006, p.55.
“Health rebate not handout for the rich”, The Australian Financial Review, 9 May 2006, p.63.
“Why I’m committed to fair pay”, The Melbourne Anglican, November 2005, p.18.
“The Future Fund – an innovative approach to fiscal planning” (with Marion Fahrer), The Melbourne Review, Vol.1, No.1, November 2005, pp.36-41.
“Health Sense: When Spending Money Saves Money”, Fraser Forum, October 2005, pp.7-9.
“Expect balanced decisions”, The Australian, 20 October 2005, p.12.
“What makes an admirable company?”, Business Review Weekly, 25-31 August 2005, p.50.
“Generation game could have big future”, The Age, 5 July 2005, p.8.
“A rich responsibility”, Business Review Weekly, 19-25 May 2005, pp.108-110.
“Increase at odds with the signals”, The Australian, 4 March 2005, p.17.
“Strong scent of xenophobia”, The Australian, 11 February 2005, p.13.
“RBA might not exercise restraint in 2005”, The Australian Financial Review, 4 January 2005, p.55.
“Medicare Gold shapes up as a bitter economic pill” (with Chris Murphy), The Australian Financial Review, 5 October 2004, p.63.
“Why MBA teaching goes wrong”, The Australian Financial Review, 28 June 2004, p.33.
“Welcoming the best and brightest”, The Australian Financial Review, 3 May 2004, p.32.
“New banks must hold the old”, The Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2004, p.71.
“The future of business”, in Aspire Australia 2025, Business Council of Australia, March 2004, p. 46-47.
“Beware the perils of regulatory overkill”, The Australian, 12 March 2004, p.13.
“A healthy use of public funds” (with Chris Murphy), The Australian Financial Review, 17 February 2004, p.55.
“Appealing to a higher authority than money”, The Weekend Australian Financial Review, 22–23 November 2003, p.70.
“Don’t bet the house on higher rates” (with Chris Murphy), The Australian, 19 November 2003, p.15.
“Health Sense: when spending money saves money”, Policy, Vol.19, No.3, Spring 2003, pp.19–24.
~“Why Abbott is in rude health”, The Australian Financial Review, 7 October 2003, p.63.
“The Ethics of Capitalism”, Zadok Perspectives, No 80, Spring 2003, pp.8–12.
“Rebate treats public health”, The Australian, 21 April 2003, p.9.
“Quo Vadis Australia? Where Are We Headed (Looking Back)”, National Business Bulletin, January 2003, pp. 8–12.
“Advance Australia where?”, MBS Review, August 2002, pp.4–5.
“Better a firmer hand than a bigger gun”, The Australian, 8 August 2002, p.11.
“Quo Vadis Australia?”, Policy, Vol 18, No 1, Autumn 2002, pp. 46–50.
“Give unis free rein to take on world”, The Australian, 8 April 2002, p.13.
“In the National Interest: Foreign Direct Investment in Australia”, Policy, Volume 17, Number 1, Autumn 2001, pp.59–64.
“Foreign Investment–What is at Stake?”, The Sydney Papers, Volume 13, Number 2, Autumn 2001, pp.108–112.
“Economic gain must carry the day”, The Australian Financial Review, 22 February 2001, p.55.
“Low $A isn’t crushing our lifestyle”, The Australian Financial Review, 26 October 2000, p.43.
“W.E.F.—A View from the Inside”, The Melbourne Anglican, October 2000, p.17.
“Globalisation and the Australian Financial System”, in Financial Technology 2000, Inforich Australia, May 2000, pp.27–34.
“Why we’ll be more dependent on Europe and US”, The Australian Financial Review, 4 January 2000, p.17.
“Crisis Adjusted Our Focus”, The Australian Financial Review, 27 October 1999, p.20.
“Noble Ends, Flawed Means: The Case Against Debt Forgiveness” (with S. Gregg), CIS Issue Analysis, No.8, 28 September 1999.
“Let’s face reality: go global”, The Australian Financial Review, 21 July 1999, p.16.
“All hands to pumps to hold back deflation”, The Australian Financial Review, 16 February 1999, p.17.
“Lessons from the Asian Crisis”, CEDA Bulletin, July 1998, pp.8–9 & 70.
“The ins and outs of deposit insurance”, The Australian Financial Review, 23 March 1998, p.17.
“Christians and the GST”, The Tasmanian Anglican, October 1997, p.7.
~“UK system banks on logic of Wallis”, The Australian, 29 May 1997, p.27.
“Financial services outgrow RBA”, The Australian Financial Review, 13 May 1997, p.23.
“Uni cuts offer chance for growth”, The Australian Financial Review, 9 May 1996, p.19.
“Economic Rationalism and Social Justice –A Contradiction in Terms?” Essentials, Autumn 1996, pp.12–15.
“Threat to RBA bottom line from stored–value cards”, The Australian Financial Review, 19 December 1995, p.12.
“When God intrudes”, The Melbourne Anglican, August 1995, p.14.
“Canberra’s saving disgrace”, The Australian Financial Review, 9 August 1995, p.19.
“Banks as Benefactors”, Directions in Government, Volume 9, Number 3, April 1995, p.4.
“Sir Ian Potter”, University of Melbourne Gazette, Autumn 1995, p.8.
“Financial Case Against Privatisation is False”, The Australian Financial Review, 10 March 1995, p.28.
“Economic literacy –an essential prerequisite to good citizenship”, Victorian School Education News, 3 November 1994, p.14.
“Long live the rationalists”, The Australian, 1 February 1993, p.12.
“Bungled Budgets”, The Herald–Sun, 4 September 1992, p.13.
“Higher risks part and parcel of free financial markets”, The Australian, 24 July 1990, pp.20 & 23.
“How Australia Can Avoid Running Out of Money”, IPA Review, Winter 1990, pp. 10–12.
“Super changes ‘sensible’, but … “ (with A. Dilnot), The Australian Financial Review, 31 August 1989, p. 15.
“The Australian Financial System 10 Years After Campbell”, The Macquarie Letter, Number 22, January 30, 1989, pp.1–6 (Re–printed in Australian Credit Unions Magazine, May 1989, pp.21–23).
“Banking in Australia: Deregulation and Re–Regulation”, CIS Policy Report, Volume 4, Number 5, October/November 1988, pp.8–10.
“Why Australian Universities Don’t Make the Grade” (with F. Milne), The Asian Wall Street Journal, 12 August 1986, p. 8.
“In Pursuit of Excellence for Australian Universities” (with F. Milne), CIS Policy Report, Volume 2, Number 4, August 1986, pp.1–5.
“Why Financial Deregulation?” CIS Policy Report, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 1986, pp. 9–14.
Review of Ian W. McLean, Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012, posted on EH.net on 10th May 2013 http://eh.net/book_reviews/why-australia-prospered-shifting-sources-economic-growth.
Review of Robert H. Nelson, The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America, The State University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010, in The International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 40 No. 6, 2013, pp.606–608.
Review of P. Hartcher, The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made Its Own Luck and Could Now Throw It All Away, Black Inc., 2011, in The Spectator Australia, 7 January 2012, p.x.
Review of S. Marglin, The dismal science: how thinking like an economist undermines community, Harvard University Press, 2008 and D. Coyle, The soulful science: what economists really do and why it matters, Princeton University Press, 2007, in The Melbourne Review, Vol.4, No.2, November 2008, pp.84-87.
Review of G. Clark, A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World, Princeton University Press, 2007, in The Melbourne Review, Vol.4, No.1, May 2008, pp.82-86.
Review of A. Capling, Australia and the Global Trade System: From Havana to Seattle, Cambridge University Press, 2001 and L. Davis & R. Gallman, Evolving Financial Markets and International Capital Flows: Britain, the Americas, and Australia, 1865–1914, Cambridge University Press, 2001, in The Times Higher Education Supplement , No. 1533, April 12 2002, p. 27.
Review of B. Felmingham and W. Coleman, Money and Finance in the Australian Economy, (1e), Richard D. Irwin, 1995, in The Economic Record, Volume 71, Number 215, December 1995, pp.401–402.
Review of R. Murray and K. White, A Bank for the People: A History of the State Bank of Victoria, Hargreen Publishing Company, 1992 in The Australian Economic History Review , Volume 34, Number 1, March 1994, pp.84–85.
Review of J. Linklater, Inside the Bank: The Role of the Reserve Bank of Australia in the Economic, Banking and Financial Systems, Allen & Unwin, 1992, in The Economic Record, Volume 70, Number 208, March 1994, pp.111–112.
Review of M.K. Lewis and K.T. Davis, Domestic and International Banking, Philip Allan, 1987 in The Economic Record, Volume 64, Number 187, December 1988, pp.374–375.
Review of T. M. Podolski, Financial Innovation and the Money Supply, Basil Blackwell, 1986 in The Economic Record, Volume 63, Number 180, March 1987, pp.84–85.
Review of M.K. Lewis and R.H. Wallace (eds.), Australia’s Financial Institutions and Markets, Longman Cheshire, 1985 in The Economic Record, Volume 62, Number 179, December 1986, pp.533–534.
~UNPUBLISHED CONSULTANCY REPORTS
“Easing the Pressure: The Inter–Generational Report and Private Health Insurance in Australia” (with Chris Murphy and Philip Hagan), prepared for Medibank Private Limited, February 2004.
“Preserving Choice: A Defence of Public Support for Private Health Care Funding in Australia”, prepared for Medibank Private Limited, March 2003.
“Is the Merger of Shell and Woodside in Australia’s National Interest?”, prepared for JP Morgan on behalf of Shell Australia, February 2001.
“Australia as a Centre for Global Financial Services – Independent Review”, prepared for Commonwealth Department of the Treasury, August 2000.
“Consolidation of the Dutch Banking Sector”, July 1999.
“Report on Pensioner Deeming”, prepared for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, February 1998.
“Regulation of Financial Services: Problems and Prospects”, prepared for the Australian Bankers’ Association, April 1996.
“The Value of a Banking Authority and the Question of Competitive Neutrality”, prepared for the Australian Bankers’ Association, April 1996.
“Financial Deregulation: Australian Experience in International Perspective” (with M. Harris and P. Leslie), prepared for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, June 1994.
“Bank Interest Rate Margins”, prepared for House of Representatives Standing Committee on Banking, Finance and Public Administration, May 1994. (Included as submission to Review of the Annual Report of the Reserve Bank of Australia 1992–93, Volume One, pp.S05–S10).
“Economic Aspects of Super Voting Shares”, prepared for Commonwealth Government Expert Panel of Inquiry into Desirability of Super Voting Shares for Listed Companies (included as Chapter 2 of Report of Expert Panel., Super Voting Shares, AGPS, March 1994).
“The Outlook for Business Investment in Australia: 1993–94” (with P. Leslie), prepared for Chant Link & Associates, March 1993.
“Interest Rates and Deposit Supply” (with H. Freeman and T. King), prepared for the National Australia Bank, March 1992.
“Prudential Standards for Special Services Providers” (with P. Leslie), prepared for the Steering Committee of the Australian Financial Institutions Commission, February 1992.
“The Growth of Superannuation and Its Impact on Intermediation”, prepared for the Industry Commission, November 1991.
“The Outlook for the Australian and World Economies: 1990–2005”, prepared for Enterprise Metals Limited, March 1990.
“Taxation of Superannuation in New Zealand: Agenda for Reform”, prepared for the New Zealand Treasury, May 1985.
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