Professor John Quiggin

ARC Australian Laureate Fellow

School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
j.quiggin@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69646

Overview

John Quiggin is an Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and many other learned societies and institutions. He has produced over 1500 publications, including six books and over 200 refereed journal articles, in fields including decision theory, environmental economics, production economics, and the theory of economic growth. He has also written on policy topics including climate change, micro-economic reform, privatisation, employment policy and the management of the Murray-Darling river system. His latest book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was released in 2010 by Princeton University Press, and has been translated into eight languages.

Research Impacts

In addition to scholarly books and journal articles, I have had an impact on public discussion of policy issues through a wide variety of new and traditional media, and through direct engagement with stakeholders and the general public. I have taken an active part in public debate, both in Australia and internationally, through books, magazines newspaper articles and appearances in electronic media. My book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, published by Princeton University Press has been translated into eight languages and sold more than 20 000 copies. My work is regularly cited in the New York Times, The Economist and other leading international publications. For example, a search of the New York Times reveals 30 citations to me in the past 5 years, and The Economist 48. I have published invited articles in leading international newspapers and policy journals, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek Daily Beast, the National Interest and the New York Times. I have also been prominent in 'New Media' (although this term has now become somewhat dated). I maintain an individual blog (listed in the top 100 economics blogs http://www.onalyticaindexes.com/2012/11/26/ top-200-most-influential-economics-blogs/) and participate in the Crooked Timber group blog, regularly listed among the world's leading academic blogs. My public Facebook page has over 500 followers and my Twitter feed more than 5000. As part of my commitment to public debate I have regularly made submissions to, and appeared before, Parliamentary inquiries into a wide range of topics, notably including the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Commonwealth Hansard produces 266 results in a search for my name. My public policy work has been recognised through appointments to the Boards of the Queensland Competition Authority and the Climate Change Authority. My work has had a substantial impact, as recognized by a variety of criteria and metrics. My work has been recognised through awards including Fellowship of the Econometrics Society, Distinguished Fellowship of the Economics Society of Australia, Distinguished Fellowship of the American Agricultural Economics Society, Distinguished Alumni awards from the University of New England and Australian National University and election as President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. I have also been invited to hold numerous Fellowships, adjunct and honorary professorships and the like. Examples include the Centre for Policy Development (Sydney), the Cairns Institute (James Cook University Cairns Campus), the University of Maryland College Park, the Inaugural Don Dunstan Visiting Professorship at the University of Adelaide, the Centre for the Economic Analysis ofRisk, Georgia State University and the Hinkley Visiting Professorship at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Dire
  • Fellow, Academy Social Sciences in Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England
  • Master of Economics, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Australian National University

Publications

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Grant, Simon and Quiggin, John (2014). Climate change and the precautionary principle. In John Quiggin, David Adamson and Daniel Quiggin (Ed.), Carbon pricing: early experiences and future prospects (pp. 167-178) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781782547747.00025

  • Quiggin, John (2014). How I learned to stop worrying and love the RET. In John Quiggin, David Adamson and Daniel Quiggin (Ed.), Carbon pricing: early experiences and future prospects (pp. 89-98) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781782547747.00018

  • Quiggin, John, Adamson, David and Quiggin, Daniel (2014). Introduction. In John Quiggin, David Adamson and Daniel Quiggin (Ed.), Carbon pricing: early experiences and future prospects (pp. 1-4) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781782547747.00011

  • Quiggin, John (2014). Macroeconomic policy after the Global Financial Crisis. In Lionel Orchard and Chris Miller (Ed.), Australian public policy: progressive ideas in the neoliberal ascendency (pp. 45-62) Bristol, England, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

  • Quiggin, John (2014). Non-expected utility models under objective uncertainty. In Handbook of the economics of risk and uncertainty (pp. 701-728) Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53685-3.00012-X

  • Quiggin, John (2013). The economics of new media. In John Hartley, Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns (Ed.), A companion to new media dynamics (pp. 90-103) Chicester, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118321607.ch5

  • Mallawaarachchi, Thilak, McClintock, Anthea, Adamson, David and Quiggin, John (2012). Investment as an adaptation response to water scarcity. In John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi and Sarah Chambers (Ed.), Water Policy Reform: Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (pp. 101-128) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Mallawaarachchi, Thilak, Adamson, David, Chambers, Sarah, Schrobback, Peggy and Quiggin, John (2012). Variability and uncertainty: implications for water policy impact analysis. In John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi and Sarah Chambers (Ed.), Water Policy Reform: Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (pp. 82-100) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781781000328.00017

  • Quiggin, John (2012). Why the Guide to the Proposed Basin Plan failed, and what can be done to fix it. In John Quiggin, Thilak Mallawaarachchi and Sarah Chambers (Ed.), Water Policy Reform: Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (pp. 49-60) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781781000311.00014

  • Quiggin, John (2011). Managing risk in the Murray-Darling Basin. In Daniel Connell and R. Quentin Grafton (Ed.), Basin futures: water reform in the Murray-Darling basin (pp. 313-324) Acton, ACT, Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Gruen, Nicholas and Quiggin, John (2010). Boiling frogs, black swans and the Lucky Country - how resilient is our economy and how could we improve its resilience?. In Steven Cork (Ed.), Resilience and transformation: preparing Australia for uncertain futures (pp. 39-46) Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO.

  • Marston, Greg, Moss, Jeremy and Quiggin, John (2010). Introduction: Shifting risk?. In Greg Marston, Jeremy Moss and John Quiggin (Ed.), Risk, welfare and work (pp. vii-xvi) Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Quiggin, John (2010). Risk shifts in Australia: Implications of the financial crisis. In Greg Marston, Jeremy Moss and John Quiggin (Ed.), Risk, welfare and work (pp. 3-23) Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Bell, Stephen and Quiggin, John (2010). Unemployment policy: Unemployment, underemployment and labour market insecurity. In Alison McClelland and Paul Smyth (Ed.), Social policy in Australia: Understanding for action 2nd ed. (pp. 145-157) South Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Quiggin, J. (2009). Climate change and intergenerational equity. In Moss, Jeremy (Ed.), Climate change and social justice (pp. 67-81) Carlton, VIC, Australia: Melbourne University Publishing.

  • Quiggin, John (2008). Economists and uncertainty. In Gabriel Bammer and Michael Smithson (Ed.), Uncertainty and risk: Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 195-204) London, U.K.: Earthscan.

  • Quiggin, John (2008). Employment and innovation in the information economy. In G Hearn and D Rooney (Ed.), Knowledge Policy: Challenges for the 21st Century (pp. 175-187) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

  • Quiggin, John (2008). Is creative capitalism illegal?. In M. Kinsley and C. Clark (Ed.), Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other Economic Leaders (pp. 77-79) New York, U.S.: Simon & Schuster.

  • Quiggin, John (2008). Putting creativity back into creative capitalism. In M. Kinsley and C. Clark (Ed.), Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other Economic Leaders (pp. 284-286) New York: Simon & Schuster.

  • Quiggin, John (2008). Uncertainty, risk and water management in Australia. In L. Crase (Ed.), Water Policy in Australia: The Impact of Change and Uncertainty (pp. 61-73) Washington, DC: Resources for the Future Press.

  • Quiggin, John and Grant, Simon (2007). Conjectures, refutations and discoveries: Incorporating new knowledge in models of belief and choice under uncertainty. In Mohammed Abdellaoui, R. Duncan Luce, Mark J. Machina and Bertrand Munier (Ed.), Uncertainty and risk: Mental, formal, experimental representations (pp. 9-25) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-48935-1_2

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2007). Internet and Innovation. In B. Fitzgerald (Ed.), Open Content Licensing: Cultivating the Creative Commons (pp. 150-155) Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

  • Chapman, Bruce, Freiberg, Arie, Quiggin, John and Tait, David (2006). Criminal reparations: Using the tax system to collect fines. In B. Chapman (Ed.), Government Managing Risk: Incoming Contingent Loans for Social and Economic Progress (pp. 140-160) London; New York: Routledge.

  • Quiggin, John (2006). Economic blogs and blog economics. In A. Bruns and J. Jacobs (Ed.), Uses of Blogs (pp. 69-79) New York, USA: Peter Lang Publishing.

  • Quiggin, John (2006). Economic constraints on public policy. In Michael Moran, Martin Rein and Robert E. Godin (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of public policy (pp. 529-542) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199548453.003.0025

  • Quiggin, John (2006). Five Observations on Financing Health Care. In Bhajan S. Grewal and Margarita Kumnick (Ed.), Engaging the New World: Responses to the Knowledge Economy (pp. 222-237) Australia: Melbourne University Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2006). Globalisation: macroeconomic management and public finance. In I. Islam and M. Hossain (Ed.), Globalisation and the Asia-Pacific: Contested Perspectives and Diverse Experiences (pp. 60-72) Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Quiggin, John (2006). Republican War on Science: Introduction to a Seminar. In John Holbo (Ed.), Looking for a fight: is there a Republican war on science? (pp. 3-4) Indiana, USA: Parlor Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2006). Risk, discounting and the public sector. In David J. Pannell and Steven G. M. Schillizzi (Ed.), Economics and the Future (pp. 57-68) United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Quiggin, John (2006). The end of the public sector debate. In Christopher Sheil (Ed.), The state of the public sector: The state of the states 2006 (pp. 49-61) Sydney, Australia: The Evatt Foundation.

  • Bell, S. R. and Quiggin, J. C. (2006). Unemployment, Labour Market Insecurity and Policy Options. In A. McClelland and P. Smyth (Ed.), Social Policy in Australia: Understanding for Action (pp. 147-160) Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2006). War over science or war on science. In John Holbo (Ed.), Looking for a fight: Is there a Republican war on science? (pp. 79-81) Indiana, USA: Parlor Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2006). Worldwide war on science. In John Holbo (Ed.), Looking for a fight: Is there a Republican war on science? (pp. 14-22) West Lafayette, Indiana, USA: Parlor Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2005). Economic liberalism: fall, revival and resistance. In P Saunders and J Walter (Ed.), Ideas and Influence: Social Science and Public Policy in Australia First ed. (pp. 21-43) Sydney, Australia: UNSW Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2004). Economic Policy. In R. Manne (Ed.), The Howard Years 1st ed. (pp. 169-190) Australia: Schwartz Publishing.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2004). Electricity Privatisation in Victoria: Fiscal and economic impacts. In G. Hodge and V. Sands et al (Ed.), Power Progress: An Audit of Australia's Electricity Reform Experiment 1st ed. (pp. 109-123) Victoria, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty. Ltd..

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2004). The Australian economy in the 21st century. In P. Crompton (Ed.), Australian Macroeconomic Policy Debates: Contributions from the Shann Memorial Lectures 1991-2000. (pp. 277-291) Crawley, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2004). The economic policy debate.. In P. Boreham, G. Stokes and R. Hall (Ed.), The Politics of Australian Society. Political Issues for the New Century 2nd ed. (pp. 263-277) Australia: Pearson Education Australia.

  • Hayward, David and Quiggin, John (2003). A financial vision for a long-term Labor government in Victoria. In Hayward, David and Ewer, Peter (Ed.), Visions for Victoria (pp. 29-51) Carlton North, Vic.: The Vulgar Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2003). Dilemmas of Competition Policy. In G. Argyrous and F. Stilwell (Ed.), Economics As A Social Science: Readings in Political Economy 1 ed. (pp. 286-289) Annandale NSW: Pluto Press.

  • Quiggin, J. C. (2003). Free Market Reform and the South Australian Electricity Supply Industry. In J. Spoehr (Ed.), Power Politics: The electricity crisis and you 1st ed. (pp. 51-72) Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press.

  • Quiggin, John (2003). Governance of Public Corporations: Profits and the Public Benefit. In Michael J. Whincop (Ed.), From Bureaucracy to Business Enterprise: Legal and policy issues in the transformation of government services (pp. 27-42) England: Ashgate Publishing Company.

  • Quiggin, John (2003). Privatisation. In I. McAllister, S. Dowrick and R. Hassan (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia (pp. 17-30) Australia: Cambridge University Press.

  • Quiggin, John and Chambers, Robert G. (2003). The state-contigent approach to modelling environmental risk management. In Risk management and the environment : agriculture in perspective (pp. 11-28) Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  • Chambers, R. G. and Quiggin, J. (2002). Dual approaches to state-contingent supply response systems under price and production uncertainty. In A Comprehensive Assessment of the Role of Risk in U. S. agriculture (pp. 105-120) Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  • Quiggin, J. (2002). Economic governance and microeconomic reform. In S. Bell (Ed.), Economic Governance and Institutional Dynamics (pp. 158-177) South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

  • Quiggin, J. (2002). Why have the returns to microeconomic reform been so disappointing. In K. Fox (Ed.), Efficiency in the Public Sector (pp. 37-60) Boston: Kluwer Academic.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Foster, John, Henley, Mark, Quiggin, John, Simhauser, Paul and Wagner, Liam (2015). Energy Policy. In: Australian Conference of Economists 2015, QUT, Brisbane, (). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Quiggin, John (2012). Stabilizing the global climate: A simple and robust benefit-cost analysis. In: Proceedings. AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting (2011), Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A., (291-300). 24-26 July 2011. doi:10.1093/ajae/aar130

  • Quiggin, John (2010). Agriculture and global climate stabilization: A public good analysis. In: 27th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Beijing, China, (121-132). 16-22 August 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1574-0862.2010.00494.x

  • Nauges, Celine, O'Donnell, Christopher and Quiggin, John (2009). Uncertainty and technical efficiency in Finnish agriculture. In: Globalisation and Governance. 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Cairns, Australia, (). 11-13 February 2009.

  • Adamson, D., Mallawaarachchi, T. and Quiggin, J. (2008). Declining inflows and more frequent droughts in the Murray-Darling Basin: Climate change, impact and adaption. In: 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES 2008), Canberra, Australia, (). 5-8 February, 2008.

  • Wagner, L., Adamson, D. C. and Quiggin, J. C. (2008). Opportunity costs of restoring environmental flows to the Snowy River. In: 52nd Annual Conference for the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES 2008), Canberra, Australia, (). 5-8 February 2008.

  • Adamson, David, Schrobback, Peggy and Quiggin, John (2008). Options for managing salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin under reduced rainfall. In: 2nd International Salinity Forum Salinity, Water and Society – Global issues, local action New approaches for tackling the salinisation of water resources. Includes irrigation, dryland and urban salinity, and salt water intrusion, Adelaide Convention Centre Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (1-5). 31 March – 3 April 2008.

  • Schrobback, P., Adamson, D. and Quiggin, J. (2008). The options for salinity mitigation in the Murray-Darling Basin. In: AARES 2008 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra, Australia, (). 5-8 February 2008.

  • Schrobback, P., Adamson, D. and Quiggin, J. (2008). Turning Water into Carbon: Carbon sequestration vs. water flow in the Murray-Darling Basin. In: AARES 2009 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Cairns, Australia, (1-14). 11-13 February 2009.

  • Menezes, F. and Quiggin, J (2007). Can game theory be saved?. In: O'Donnell, C.J., ESAM07. ESAM07 Australian Meeting of the Econometric Society, Brisbane, Australia, (1-15). 3-6 July 2007.

  • Adamson, D., Mallawaarachchi, T. and Quiggin, J. (2007). Climate change and climate uncertainty in the Murray-Darling Basin. In: Proceedings of AARES 2007. AARES 2007; 51st Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Queenstown, NZ, (). 13-16 February 2007.

  • Adamson, David, Mallawaarachchi, Thilak and Quiggin, John (2006). Climate Change, Water Availability and Adaptation in the Murray Darling Basin. In: Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Gold Coast, (). 12–19 August 2006.

  • Quiggin, John (2006). Globalisation: macroeconomic management and public finance. In: Globalisation and the Asia-Pacific. Workshop on the Benefits and Costs of Globalisation, Nathan Australia, (60-72). Feb, 2003.

  • Adamson, David, Mallawaarachchi, Thilak and Quiggin, John (2006). State-contingent modelling of the Murray Darling Basin: implications for the design of property rights. In: Proceedings of the 50th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. The 50th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Sydney, (). 8-10 February, 2006.

  • Grant, Simon and Quiggin, John (2005). Learning and Discovery. In: Proceedings of the 34th Australian Conference of Economists. ACE05: 34th Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne, Australia, (1-38). 26-28 September 2005.

  • Adamson, David, Quiggin, John and Mallawaarachchi, Thilak (2005). Modelling basin level allocation of water in the Murray Darling Basin in a world of uncertainty. In: AARES 2005. 49th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. AARES 2005. 49th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Coffs Harbour, N.S.W., Australia, (). 7-11 February 2005.

  • Quiggin, J (2002). Why have the returns to microeconomic reform been so disappointing?. In: Efficiency in the Public Sector. International Conference on Public Sector Efficiency, Sydney Australia, (37-60). Nov 27-28, 1997.

  • Quiggin, J (1990). Comparative Statics for Rank-Dependent Expected Utility-Theory. In: American Journal of Agricultural Economics. , , (1349-1349). .

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision