John Quiggin

John Quiggin
Born (1956-03-29) 29 March 1956
Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Institution University of Queensland
James Cook University
Australian National University
University of Sydney
University of Maryland
Queensland University of Technology
University of Adelaide
Johns Hopkins University
Field Agricultural economics, Resource economics
School or
Keynesian economics
Alma mater University of New England (PhD)
Australian National University (B.A., B.Econ., M.Econ)
Contributions Utility theory

John Quiggin (born 29 March 1956) is an Australian economist, a Professor and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government.[1][2]


Quiggin completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Mathematics in 1978 and a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours with the University Medal and the Economics Society Prize in 1980. He then completed a Master of Economics through coursework and thesis at the Australian National University in 1984, and finished his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics at the University of New England in 1988, receiving the Drummond Prize for best doctoral thesis.

Academic and professional career

From 1978 to 1983 Quiggin was a Research Economist and in 1986 was the Chief Research Economist with the Bureau of Agricultural Economics what was of the predecessor of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. From 1984 to 1985 he was a Research Fellow of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University. From 1987 to 1988 he was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics of the University of Sydney. In 1989 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Economics, a consultancy firm in Canberra.

From 1989 to 1990 he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of Maryland, College Park, a Fellow of the Research School of Social Sciences of Australian National University from 1991 to 1992, a Senior Fellow from 1993 to 1994 and a Professor in 1995 at the Centre for Economic Policy Research of the Australian National University in 1995. From 1996 to 1999 Quiggin was a Professor of Economics and Australian Research Council Senior Fellow at James Cook University. From 2000 to 2002 he was an Australian Research Council Senior Fellow at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and the Inaugural Don Dunstan Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide.

He has been based at the University of Queensland since 2003, being an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow and Federation Fellow and a Professor in the School of Economics and the School of Political Science and International Studies. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University from 2003 to 2006 and was the Hinkley Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University in 2011.[3]

Other work

Quiggin writes a blog,[4] and is a regular contributor to Crooked Timber.[5] Until April 2015 he was a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.[6] He was an opinion columnist for the Australian Financial Review from 1996 until March 2012.

His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 from Princeton University Press.[7]

He was appointed in 2012 to the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government.[1]

With reference to the pro-nuclear film Pandora's Promise, Quiggin comments that it presents the environmental rationale for nuclear power, but that reviving nuclear power debates is a distraction, and the main problem with the nuclear option is that it is not economically-viable. Quiggin says that we need more efficient energy use and more renewable energy commercialisation.[8]


Quiggin is one of the most prolific economists in Australia, illustrated by his output over diverse, high-quality journals[9] and by citation frequencies in the period 1988–2000.[10] He has been placed in the top 5% economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc since its monthly aggregate rankings began in 2004.[11][12][13] Quiggin has frequently been awarded and recognised for his research, including twice receiving Federation Fellowships from the Australian Research Council.[14]

He was awarded the Australian Social Science Academy Medal in 1993 and a Fellowship in 1996, received the 1997 and 2000 Sam Richardson of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia, received the 2001 Editors Prize of the Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2002, and a Distinguished Fellowship of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society[15] and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.[16]

Selected works


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