Adam is an economist and the Director of Research at the Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Global Economy and Development program.
Adam is widely published in leading economics journals and is a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, The Monthly, Huffington Post and other Australian and regional publications.
In previous roles, Adam was a resident fellow at Brookings and worked as an economic policy advisor to the Shadow Assistant Treasurer of Australia, the Hon. Andrew Leigh MP, and is a former advisor at Prime Minister and Cabinet on the global economy and the G20. He is a former consultant at the Cape York Institute and a former mergers and acquisitions analyst at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in law, a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in international economics and a PhD in macroeconomics.
Adam’s research on the adequacies of the crisis fighting institutions in Asia and the world to prevent financial crises and stop them from spreading is highly relevant to the COVID-19 financial crises already spreading across the developing world. His research on the benefits of economic cooperation through trade, finance and macroeconomic coordination highlights the importance of countries working together through these difficult times. His research on competition policy and structural reform helps inform how to restart economic growth once the immediate health threat of the pandemic has eased.