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Professor McKibbin, Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at Crawford School of Public Policy, has played a leading role in policy development around the economics of climate policy. He has also served on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and is a member of the ANU Shadow RBA Board.This year he will also be teaching a new course at Crawford School called Modelling the Global Economy.
His citation said the award was for distinguished service to education as an economist, particularly in the area of global climate policy, and to financial institutions and international organisations.
“I felt very honoured. It was wonderful to be recognised for years of working on important public policy issues. You never know if anyone is listening or whether you are making an impact,” Professor McKibbin said.
“My family, and particularly my wife Renee, have been wonderful support. I was also lucky to have great co-authors, excellent PhD students and looking back I am very pleased that I took opportunities whenever they emerged.”
Emeritus Professor Drysdale was honoured for his distinguished service to Australian trade and economic relations with Asia, particularly with Japan, and for his contribution to education and as a mentor to young economists.
“It a huge personal honour and privilege to get an award like this,” Professor Drysdale said.
“Whatever I’ve done to promote Australia’s relationships with Asia would mean nothing without the strong support and cooperation of colleagues and friends in Asia and in Australia who have devoted their lives to this. I see the award as significant national recognition of their collective efforts on the Asia-Australia relationship.
“It is also recognition that gives great encouragement to all of those who have worked to promote Australian ties with Asia.”