Professor Emeritus, University of Melbourne

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 Professor Emeritus 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. From January 2011 to February 2012, he served as one of three panelists on the Independent Review of State Finances in 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.


  • 2011–present
    Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
  • 2008–2011
    Director, Access Economics Pty Ltd
  • 2002–2008
    Sidney Myer Professor of Commerce & Business Administration, Melbourne Business School
  • 1992–2002
    Ian Potter Professor of International Finance, Melbourne Business School
  • 1988–1992
    National Australian Bank Professor of Monetary and Financial Economics, University of Melbourne


  • 1982 
    Australian National University, Ph D (Economics)
  • 1978 
    Australian National University, M Ec
  • 1977 
    University of Queensland, B Econ (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Financial Economics (140207)
  • Financial Institutions (Incl. Banking) (150203)
  • Public Policy (160510)


Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors