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 is an Australian economist best known for his work in public policy. He has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.

In May 2016 Ian was appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and became a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics, having previously been a partner with the firm.

Prior to his consulting career, Ian spent 20 years at the University of Melbourne, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. He was elected Emeritus Professor of the University on his departure in 2008.

From March 2014 to March 2015, Ian chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators.

From December 2005 to July 2009, he 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.


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.