About the author

Ross Garnaut is one of Australia’s most distinguished and well-known economists. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to education and international relations, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Based in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University from 1972 to 2008, he was Professor of Economics from 1989 to 2008, and head of the economics department for much of that time. Professor Garnaut is now Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Economics at Melbourne University and Distinguished Professor at the Australian National University. He is Chairman of the International Food Policy Research Institute of Washington DC, Chairman of Lihir Gold Limited, Chairman of Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Limited, Chairman of the editorial boards of the academic journals Asian Pacific Economic Literature and the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, and a Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Professor Garnaut has had periods of secondment to senior positions in government. He was head of financial and economic policy in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling independence in the mid-1970s, the principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister R.J.L. Hawke in the 1980s, and Australian Ambassador to China from 1985 to 1988.

The many books of which he has been author, co-author or editor include The Taxation of Mineral Rent; Australian Protectionism; Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy; The Third Revolution in the Chinese Countryside; and Social Democracy in Australia’s Asian Future: China’s Ownership Transformation.

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