Peter was educated at the University of Otago, the University of New England and Simon Fraser University. He has been a visiting Scholar at the University of Otago, The University of British Columbia, Rutgers University and The University of Oxford.

Peter’s research is focused on the interactions between economic growth, economic development and international trade. He has also written on human capital accumulation, trade and environmental issues, the causes of long run growth through history, corruption, military spending and immigration.

Peter has also served as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and to the Department of Innovation, industry, Science and Research. His research is published widely in leading international economics journals.


  • –present
    Winthrop Professor, Economics, University of Western Australia


    Otago, BA
    NE, MEC
    S.Fraser, PhD