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Shiro Armstrong

Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre; Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research; and Fellow, Crawford School


BEcon (ANU), BActS (ANU), MA (IDEC, ANU), PhD (ANU)

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Latest publication: Armstrong, Shiro, Lorraine Dearden, Masayuki Kobayashi and Nobuko Nagase 2018. Student loans in Japan: current problems and possible solutions, Economics of Education Review, accepted 28 October.

Shiro Armstrong is an economist and Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Editor of the East Asia Forum, Director of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Research Associate at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia Business School.

Shiro is a Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) and in a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University (2018-2019). He is recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Public Policy and Outreach and twice the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Excellence in Service Quality.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University, the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, China Centre for Economic Research at Peking University and the University of Tokyo.

PhD students

  • Ben Ascione
  • Ryosuke Hanada
  • Paul Hubbard
  • Adam Triggs
  • Stewart Nixon
  • Rebecca Mendelsohn
  • Barli Suryanta
  • Daulet Taimagambet
  • Buavanh Vilavong (completed
  • Jiao Wang (completed)
  • Luke Hurst (completed)

Research interests

  • Sino-Japan economic and political relations
  • East Asian economic integration
  • International trade and foreign direct investment
  • East Asian economies


Economic Way of Thinking POGO8016 (Semester 1)
Issues in Japanese Policy POGO8220 (Semester 2 intensive course)

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