PROF Nilss Olekalns

PROF Nilss Olekalns


  • Applied Macroeconomics



  • Professor Olekalns received his B.Ec. with Honours in economics from the University of Adelaide in 1982 and completed an M.Ec. at the Australian National University in 1984. He was awarded his Ph.D. in economics in 1993 from LaTrobe University. He began teaching in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne in 1994 where, for the last thirteen years, he has lectured to first year students in Macroeconomics. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, a guest lecturer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and an invited lecturer for the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.
    Professor Olekalns has published on a variety of macroeconomic topics including fiscal and monetary policies, exchange rates, output and inflation volatility, and interest rates. His papers have appeared in The Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Macroeconomics, The Journal of International Money and Finance, the Southern Economic Journal, The Economic Record, as well as many other international journals. He has also received numerous awards for his teaching including the inaugural Edward Wood Prize for Teaching Excellence. He is currently the Vice-President of Academic Board at the University of Melbourne.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1994
  • MA, University of Western Ontario 1986
  • MEc, The Australian National University 1984
  • BEc, Adelaide University 1981

Awards and honors

  • Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching for Programs that Enhance Learning, Assessment and Feedback, Carrick Foundation, 2006
  • Dean's Certificate for Good Undergraduate Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Edward Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Dean's Individual Award for Innovation in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Universitas 21 Teaching Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Nominated by the University of Melbourne for the Australian Universities Teaching Committee's Australian Awards for University Teaching 2000-2001, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Best Paper Published in the Economic Record, Economic Record, 1999
  • Dean's Group Award for Good Teaching and Teaching Innovation, University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Best Paper Published in the Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1996



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