Ian Harper is one of Australia’s best known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.
As a member of the celebrated Wallis Inquiry, he was at the forefront of financial market reform in Australia.
In August 2008, Ian left academic life to become a Director of the former Access Economics, following a 25-year career, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. In recognition of his service to the University of Melbourne, Ian was elected Emeritus Professor on his departure. More recently, he joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner when Deloitte acquired Access Economics in March 2011.
From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. In January 2011, he was appointed as one of three panelists to the Independent Review of State Finances by the Baillieu Government of Victoria.
Ian Harper is sought after as a commentator and public speaker on economic and financial issues. He has been described as “one of those relatively rare academics who can communicate extremely well with both the business community and the academic community”.
In 2000, Ian was elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his standing as an academic economist and more recently to a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Segmenting communities as public health strategy: A view from the social sciences and humanities
A Ganguli-Mitra, I Young, L Engelmann, I Harper, D McCormack, R Marsland, L Buch Segal, N Sethi, E Stewart, M Tichenor
Journal article | 2020 | Wellcome Open Research
On the 5th of May 2020, a group of modellers, epidemiologists and biomedical scientists from the University of Edinburgh proposed ..
Aid conditionalities, international Good Manufacturing Practice standards and local production rights: a case study of local production in Nepal.
Petra Brhlikova, Ian Harper, Madhusudan Subedi, Samita Bhattarai, Nabin Rawal, Allyson M Pollock
Journal article | 2015 | Globalization and Health
BACKGROUND: Local pharmaceutical production has been endorsed by the WHO as a means of addressing health priorities of developing ..
The purpose of place: Reconsidered
Ian Harper, Matt Wright, Ben Artup, Mark Dahdah, Kelly Heaton, Aaron Hill, Mingji Liu, Eamon McGinn, John O’Mahony, Ric SIMES, Daniel Terrill, Alan Weiss
Report | 2015
Technology has trumped the tyranny of distance and place no longer matters. At least, that’s what most people seem to think. In fa..
The politics and anti-politics of the global fund experiment: understanding partnership and bureaucratic expansion in Uganda.
E Michelle Taylor, Ian Harper
Journal article | 2014 | Medical Anthropology
After a decade of operations, the Global Fund is an institutional form in flux. Forced to cancel its eleventh round of funding due..
Navigating diagnoses: understanding mind-body relations, mental health, and stigma in Nepal.
Brandon A Kohrt, Ian Harper
Journal article | 2008 | Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry
Anthropologists and psychiatrists traditionally have used the salience of a mind-body dichotomy to distinguish Western from non-We..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FAICD - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
FASSA - Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Co-Dean Of Business And Economics
Business And Economics
Doctor of Philosophy
The Australian National University
Master of Economics
The Australian National University
Bachelor of Economics
The University of Queensland