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Emeritus Professor, Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University

John is an Emeritus Professor at Victoria University’s Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS). From 2014 to 2020 he was a Professor at VU. Prior to that, John was a Professor at Monash University, where he was CoPS’ Deputy Director from 2004 to 2012. Before joining Monash, John was Director of the Centre for Regional Economic Analysis at the University of Tasmania.

John’s primary research activity is in the area of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling. He is the author of FEDERAL, one of the world’s first large-scale multiregional CGE models. Current research projects include CGE modelling of sub-national taxes, regional effects of higher education, and linked disease-economic modelling. Notable past economic studies include: National Competition Policy, Safety Net Review, Goods and Services Tax, Very Fast Train, Sydney Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. For six months in 1992-93, John was a Scientific Fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam modelling an eco-tax, and in 2001-02 he was a member of a Stanford University study team on fiscal federalism.

John is a former President of the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organisation and a former Councillor-at-Large of the Regional Science Association International. He is a past regional editor (Asia-Pacific) of Regional Science Policy and Practice (2012-16) and a current member of the Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science.


  • –present
    Deputy Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Monash University


  • 1990 
    Tas, PhD
  • 1979 
    ANU, B.Ec. (Hons)

Research Areas

  • Economic Models And Forecasting (140303)
  • Urban And Regional Economics (140218)