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Professor, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne

John Freebairn holds the Ritchie Chair in economics at the University of Melbourne.

He has degrees from the University of New England and the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Melbourne in 1996 his preceding career includes university appointments at the ANU, LaTrobe and Monash, and periods with the NSW Department of Agriculture and at the Business Council of Australia.

John is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with current interests in taxation reform and environmental economics.


  • –present
    Ritchie Chair in Economics, University of Melbourne
  • 2005–2007
    Director of the Melbourne Institute, University of Melbourne
  • 1997–2002
    Head of Department, University of Melbourne
  • 1986–1997
    Deputy Director, Centre of Policy Studies, Departmental Chairman, Deputy Dean, Dean, Monash University
  • 1977–1984
    Professor of Agricultural Economics, La Trobe University


  • 1972 
    University of California (Davis), PhD
  • 1969 
    University of New England, Masters of Agricultural Economics
  • 1965 
    University of New England, Bachelor of Agricultural Economics