Augustus completed his Ph.D. in economics in the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at the Crawford School of Public Policy where his research focused on the design of optimal monetary policy towards macroeconomic stabilization in an environment characterized by climatic disruptions and heightened financial stability risks. He currently serves as an Economist in the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., United States, providing research and policy advice to the G20 on a range of macroeconomic policy issues.
He is also a part-time Associate Lecturer of Economics at the ANU Research School of Economics. In this role, Augustus has won several tutoring and teaching awards for his applied teaching philosophy, including the CBE’s ‘Commendation for Outstanding Teaching (2020), the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education (2019) and two Excellence in Tutoring Awards (CBE and RSE). Augustus was an Adam Smith Fellow (2019-2020) at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in the United States.
Augustus was elected and served as Ph.D. Student Representative on the Crawford School’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) Committee in 2018 and also represented the general ANU student body on the 2018 High-Level Expert Panel commissioned to review the University’s Student Experience and Career Development Programs.
Prior to joining ANU, Augustus worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Liberia. Before then, he worked with the Liberian Ministry of Commerce & Industry as an Economist and as Head of the Trade Facilitation Division at the Liberian Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. He has provided consulting services for several international organizations, including the World Trade Organization, the International Trade Centre, and the Brookings Institution.
Associate Lecturer (ANU Research School of Economics)
Supervisor(s) and panel members
Climate Change and Monetary Policy: Issues for Policy Design and Modelling (2020). (Joint with Warwick McKibbin, Adele Morris & Peter Wilcoxen). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 36(3) pp. 579–603
Climate Hysteresis and Monetary August 2020, CAMA Working Paper 76/2020
Twenty-five Years of Inflation Targeting in Australia: Are There Better Alternatives for the Next Twenty-five Years? (with Warwick McKibbin), in Simon, J. and M Sutton (2018) (ed) “Central Bank Frameworks: Evolution or Revolution?” Reserve Bank of Australia Conference Volume. pp 173-198. Paper is also available as Brookings Institution’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy Working Paper No. 41 and ANU CAMA Working Paper WP 19/2018. Media coverage: Wall Street Journal
Monetary Policy and Climate Change: Dealing with Disruption.2017.(Joint with Warwick McKibbin, Adele Morris & Peter Wilcoxen). Also available as a Brookings Institution’s Climate and Energy Economics Discussion Paper 11-2017. Revise and Resubmit to European Economic Review. Media coverage: Financial Times; Bloomberg News; Federal Reserve Board; ECB; RBA
Selected Research Mentions/Citations in the News
July 2018. Wall Street Journal: ‘Inflation Targeting in Australia’
Nov 2018. The European Central Bank: ‘Climate Change and Central Banking’
Jan 2019. Financial Times: ‘Central Bankers Plan for Disruption Caused by Climate Change’
March 2019. Reserve Bank of Australia: ‘Climate Change and the Economy’
April 2019. Bloomberg: ‘Central Banks are Thinking Greener as Climate Change Hits Policy’
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