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Ian Harper

Professor of Economics; Dean, Melbourne Business School

Ian Harper AO is Dean of Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Business and Economics.

Ian Harper is Dean and Director of the Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is also a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Ian is a professional economist best known for his work in public policy. During his 40-year career, he has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.

From March 2011 to March 2018 Ian was a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and then a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics. He chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators, from March 2014 to March 2015.

From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.

Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. In 2016 he was elected a Distinguished

Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and received a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from the University of Queensland.

Ian was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with the citation “For distinguished service to education in the field of economics, and to public and monetary policy development and reform”.



Confessions of a Meddlesome Economist, Acorn Press: Sydney, 2018

The purpose of place: Reconsidered, Building the Lucky Country #5, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, 2015.

Economics for Life, Acorn Press: Melbourne, 2011.

Christian Theology and Market Economics (co-edited with Samuel Gregg), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK and Northhampton, MA, USA, 2008 (re-issued in paperback, 2010).

Solutions Manual for Financial Economics (with J. Eichberger, C. Pfeil and F. Scheid), Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 2002.

Financial Economics (with Jurgen Eichberger), Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 1997 (translated into Russian and Chinese).

Privatisation: The Financial Implications (edited jointly with K. T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia: Sydney, 1993.

Superannuation and the Australian Financial System (edited jointly with K. T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia: Sydney, 1992.

Risk Management in Financial Institutions (edited jointly with K. T. Davis), Allen & Unwin Australia: Sydney, 1991.