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Rod Sims AO

Professor in the practice of public policy and antitrust, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy


B Commerce (Hons 1) Melbourne University; Master of Economics, ANU.

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Rod is a researcher in the Crawford School. He is also Chair of the Competition Research Policy Network, at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Rod has extensive public policy and private sector experience. Early in his career he worked in many developing countries all over the world advising on economic policy and contract negotiation and taxation of resource projects. He has worked in the Australian Public Service including as Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and also Transport and Communications. From 1988-1990 Rod was the Principal Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Rod also spent over 15 years advising companies on all aspects of commercial corporate strategy. He has served on many company boards including in Singapore and London. Rod was on the National Competition Council, was Chair of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, and has just completed nearly 11 years as Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Rod has written and spoken extensively on general economic issues, including on competition, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He has also recently written numerous articles on competition and consumer policy and law.

Research interests

  • International antitrust
  • The digital economy
  • Market structure and competition
  • Role of government
  • Media and journalism
  • Governance and policy formulation

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