Ross has been Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute since 2003.
Prior to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce (1994-2002) and Professor of Econometrics (1975-2002) at the University of Melbourne.
He has been a Member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission since 2002. He has also held positions at Monash University, ANU and the World Bank. He has a Ph D from the London School of Economics.
His research publications are in areas as diverse as demand and saving, time-use studies, the cost of civil litigation, housing, federal-state finance, and the economics of education. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Principal Fellow of Queen's College.