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Warwick McKibbin

Distinguished Professor and Director, ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU)


PhD in Economics (Harvard University) AM in Economics (Harvard University) BCommerce ,hons class 1 in Economics and Econometrics, and University Medal (UNSW)

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Professor Warwick McKibbin, AO, FASSA, is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He is also Director of Policy Engagement and ANU Node Leader at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London); a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Director of Research at McKibbin Software Group Pty Ltd.

Professor McKibbin was the foundation Director of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis and foundation Director of the ANU Research School of Economics. He was also a Professorial Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy for a decade from 2003, where he was involved in its design and development.

Professor McKibbin served for a decade on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (the Australian equivalent of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve) until July 2011. He has also served as a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and on the Australian Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Uranium Mining Processing and Nuclear Energy in Australia.

Prof McKibbin received his B.Com (Honours 1) and University Medal from the University of NSW (1980) and his AM (1984) and a PhD (1986) from Harvard University. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education” and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modelling. Professor McKibbin has published more than 200 academic papers as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press. He has authored/ edited 5 books, including “Climate Change Policy after Kyoto: A Blueprint for a Realistic Approach” with Professor Peter Wilcoxen of Syracuse University. He has been a consultant for many international agencies and a range of governments on issues of macroeconomic policy, international trade and finance, greenhouse policy issues, global demographic change, and the economic cost of pandemics.

COVID-19 expertise

Professor McKibbin is working with Roshen Fernando on modelling the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy with a focus on the individual economies in the G20 and particularly Australia. The core of this research is a global macroeconomic model with sectoral detail. The research integrates epidemiological scenarios at the global level with macroeconomic outcomes to provide policymakers real-time assessment of alternative policy strategies.

Research interests

  • Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Public Economics
  • International Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Computational Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Macroeconometrics

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