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Department of Economics


Research in the Economics Department is very active across a broad spectrum involving both individual and group research.

We have a long tradition of research excellence in a variety of areas (see below).

We offer good opportunities for postgraduate and research study through the Masters degree programs, including the Masters of Research which leads into the PhD program, with generous financial support available. Our graduates are in strong demand with government and private sector organisations, both within Australia and internationally.

Areas of Research

Major areas of interest in macroeconomics and finance include:

  • fiscal,
  • industry and inflation policy,
  • financial reform,
  • international economics and finance (including capital markets, taxation, exchange rates, energy markets, commodity futures) competition in financial markets,
  • financial risk management, and
  • labour market issues.

Microeconomic research includes major projects on:

  • the measurement of demand for public outlays,
  • tax policy modelling,
  • the economics of drug abuse,
  • economics of the arts and culture,
  • valuation of the environment,
  • sustainable development, deregulation, productivity and efficiency,
  • welfare economics/income distribution analysis

Econometric research includes:

  • applied econometrics,
  • time series analysis,
  • financial econometrics,
  • financial bubbles and contagion,
  • factor models,
  • identification, and
  • VAR models.

Research on the history of economic thought includes:

  • Keynes' thought,
  • the relationship between economics, philosophy and politics, including theories of redistributive justice, and
  • the history of Australian economic thought.

Asian economies:

  • Japanese,
  • Vietnamese, 
  • China, 
  • India, 
  • Singapore,
  • Bangladesh and 
  • Burmese economies.

We also have relevant expertise on transition and emerging market economies more generally (especially in the areas of industrial organisation, inequality, global trading and monetary systems) as well as econometric studies of developing economies.