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Professor Kym Anderson

Telephone +61 8 8313 4712
Position Professor
Fax +61 8 8223 1460
Building 10 Pulteney Street
Floor/Room 4 45
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Economics

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Biography/ Background

Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor of Economics, foundation Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre, and formerly foundation Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide, where he has been affiliated since 1984. Previously he was a Research Fellow in Economics at ANU's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (1977-83), following undergraduate studies at the University of New England in Armidale (1967-70), part-time Masters studies at the University of Adelaide (1971-74) while working in the S.A. Department of Agriculture in Adelaide, and doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University (1974-77). In 2012 he rejoined the Australian National University part-time as a Professor of Economics in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics of ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy.

He has spent periods of leave at Korea's International Economics Institute (1979), Korea's Rural Economics Institute (1980-81 as Ford Foundation Visiting Fellow in International Economics), the Australian Department of Trade (1983), Stockholm University's Institute for International Economic Studies (1988), the GATT (now WTO) Secretariat in Geneva (1990-92), and the Research Group of the World Bank in Washington DC (2004-07).

Outside Adelaide he has taught as a guest professor at the Australian Defence College, Australian National University, Beijing University, the University of Siena, the University of Sydney, Uppsala University, the World Trade Institute at the Swiss universities of Bern, Fribourg and Neuchatel (Master of International Law and Economics), and Georgetown University's Law School (JD and LLM programs in international economic law). He has conducted many short courses on agricultural and trade policy issues and WTO matters in numerous developing countries including China since 1995.

He has been a consultant to numerous national and international bureaucracies, business organisations and corporations.

He is a Research Fellow of Europe's London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, a Distinguished Fellow (and former President) of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, a Fellow (and Vice-President) of the American Association of Wine Economists, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is on the editorial board of several international academic journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law and, as Co-editor, the Journal of Wine Economics (see

He has served on several dispute settlement and arbitration panels at the World Trade Organization since 1996 (the first economist to do so), and on a panel advising the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade in their preparation of Australia's first White Paper on Foreign and Trade Policy (1997).

Corporate Board positions include as a non-executive Director of Australia's Grape and Wine R&D Corporation (2000-05), as a Trustee of Adelaide's Institute for International Trade (since 2003), as a Trustee (since 2010), Vice-Chair (2013-14) and Chair (from 2015) of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, as a Commissioner of the ACIAR Commission of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (2011-14), and as President of ACIAR's international Policy Advisory Council (since 2014).

He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Economics by the University of Adelaide in 2014 and a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of New England in 2016.

In June 2015 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Please see attached CV below


Stanford University: Completed M.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1977

University of Chicago: Completed 1st year of doctoral program. M.A. 1975

University of Adelaide: Completed external thesis-only M.Ec. 1974; Doctor of Economics (honoris causa), 2014 

University of New England: Completed B.Ag.Ec. with first class honours and dux of 1970 class (conferred 04/1971)

Teaching Interests

His teaching interests include microeconomics, international trade, agricultural economics and development economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been instrumental in developing Adelaide's Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters degree in International Economics.

Research Interests

His research interests and publications are in the areas of international trade and development, agricultural economics, environmental economics, and wine economics. His most recent projects have focused on empirical analysis of such issues as the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (; global distortions to agricultural incentives (; economics of agricultural biotechnology (GMO) policies globally (; and wine globalization ( He has published around 40 books and 400 journal articles and chapters in other books. Two of his recent books have both received prizes for excellence in research and in communication from both the American and the Australian agricultural and applied economics associations, and another shared the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine) 2014 Prize for the world’s best wine books.



His most recently finished books are:

Distortions to Agricultural Incentives: A Global Perspective, 1955-2007, London: Palgrave Macmillan and Washington DC: World Bank, 2009 (Recipient of the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize of the (US) Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2010, and the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Quality of Research Discovery Prize, 2010.)

Agricultural Price Distortions, Inequality and Poverty (edited with J. Cockburn and W. Martin), Washington DC: World Bank, 2010

The Political Economy of Agricultural Price Distortions, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010

Australia's Economy in its International Context: the Joseph Fisher Lectures, Volume I (1904-1954) and Volume II (1956-2012) (editor), Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2012. Free e-book version is at

Trade, Development, and Agriculture: Essays in Economic Policy Analysis, London: Imperial College Press and Singapore: World Scientific, 2013

Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where? A Global Empirical Picture (with the assistance of N.R. Aryal), Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2013. Free e-book version is at

Measuring WTO’s Contributions to Global Economic Welfare (editor), a volume in the series of readings on Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System, London: Edward Elgar, 2014

Growth and Cycles in Australia’s Wine Industry: A Statistical Compendium, 1843 to 2013 (with the assistance of N.R. Aryal), Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2015. Free e-book version is at

Agricultural Trade, Policy Reforms, and Global Food Security, London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

Finishing Global Farm Trade Reform: Implications for Developing Countries, Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2017. Free e-book version is at

The Building of Economics at Adelaide, 1901 to 2001 (with B. O’Neil), Adelaide: School of Economics, University of Adelaide, 2004. Re-published by University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide, 2009. Free e-book version is at


Journal articles since 2013 include:

  • Jensen, HG and Anderson, K 2017, “Grain Price Spikes and Beggar-thy-neighbor Policy Responses: A Global CGE Analysis”, World Bank Economic Review Vol. 31 (forthcoming).

  • Anderson, K 2017, “Sectoral Trends and Shocks in Australia’s Economic Growth”, Australian Economic History Review 57(1), March (forthcoming).

  • Anderson, K 2016, How Might Climate Changes and Preference Changes Affect the Competitiveness of the World’s Wine Regions?” Wine Economics and Policy 5(2), December.

  • Anderson, K and Jensen, H 2016, “How Much Does the European Union Assist its Wine Producers?” Journal of Wine Economics 11(3): 289-305, December 2016.

  • Anderson, K 2016, “Antipodean agricultural and resource economics at 60: National and Global Price- and Trade-distorting Policies”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 60(4): 614-28, October 2016.

  • Alston, J, Anderson K and Pardey, P 2016, “Antipodean agricultural and resource economics at 60: Introduction”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 60(4): 493-505, October 2016.

  • Anderson, K, Francois, J, Nelson, D and Wittwer, G 2016, “Intra-industry Trade in a Rapidly Globalizing Industry: The Case of Wine”, Review of International Economics 24(4): 820-36, September 2016.

  • Anderson, K, Strutt, A, Nelgen, S and Jensen, HG 2016, “What is the Appropriate Counterfactual When Estimating Effects of Multilateral Trade Policy Reform?” Journal of Agricultural Economics 67(3): 764-78, September.

  • “Evolving Varietal and Quality Distinctiveness of Australia’s Wine Regions”, Journal of Wine Research 27(3): 173-92, September.

  • Anderson, K and Strutt, A 2016, “Impacts of Asia’s Rise on African and Latin American Trade: Projections to 2030”, The World Economy 39(2): 172-194, February.

  • Anderson, K 2016, “Contributions of the GATT/WTO to Global Economic Welfare: Empirical Evidence”, Journal of Economic Surveys 30(1): 56-92, February.

  • Alston, J, Anderson, K and Sambucci, O 2015, “Drifting Towards Bordeaux? The Evolving Varietal Emphasis of U.S. Wine Regions” Journal of Wine Economics 10(3): 349-378, December.

  • Anderson, K and Wittwer, G 2015, “Asia’s Evolving Role in Global Wine Markets”, China Economic Review 35: 1-14, September.

  • Anderson, K and Thennakoon, J 2015, “Food Price Spikes and Poor, Small Economies: What Role for Trade Policies?African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 10(1): 16-31, March.

  • Anderson, K and Strutt, A 2015, “Implications for Indonesia of Asia’s Rise in the Global Economy”, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 51(1): 69-94, April.

  • Thennakoon, J and Anderson, K 2015, “Could the Proposed WTO Special Safeguard Mechanism Protect Farmers from Low International Prices?” Food Policy 50(1): 106-113, January.

  • Anderson, K 2014, “Evolving Varietal Distinctiveness of the World’s Wine Regions: Evidence from a New Global Database”, Journal of Wine Economics 9(3): 249-272, December.

  • Anderson, K and Strutt, A 2014, Food Security Policy Options for China: Lessons from Other Countries”, Food Policy 49(1): 50-58, December.

  • Anderson, K 2014, “Globalization and Agricultural Trade”, Australian Economic History Review 54(3): 285-306, November.

  • Anderson, K 2014, “The Intersection of Trade Policy, Price Volatility, and Food Security”, Annual Review of Resource Economics 6: 513-532, October.

  • Anderson, K and Strutt, A 2014, “Emerging Economies, Productivity Growth, and Trade with Resource-Rich Economies by 2030”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 58(4): 590-606, October.

  • Anderson, K and Wittwer, G 2013, “Modeling Global Wine Markets to 2018: Exchange Rates, Taste Changes, and China’s Import Growth”, Journal of Wine Economics 8(2): 131-158.

  • Anderson, K 2013, “Agricultural Price Distortions: Trends and Volatility, Past and Prospective”, Agricultural Economics 44(S): 163-71, November.

  • Anderson, K, Rausser, G and Swinnen, F 2013, “Political Economy of Public Policies: Insights from Distortions to Agricultural and Food Markets”, Journal of Economic Literature 51(2): 423-477, June.

  • Anderson, K, Jha, S, Nelgen, S and Strutt, A 2013, “Re-examining Policies for Food Security in Asia”, Food Security 5(2): 195-215, April.



Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesEconomics & Finance, Wine & Viticulture
ExpertiseEast Asian economies; China; Indonesia; trade policy (Australian and overseas); food and agricultural policies and market trends globally; Asia - economics; China (economy, acceptance into the WTO - World Trade Organization - training of Chinese trade officials in Australia); Joseph Fisher Lectures in Economics; Indonesian economics; wine economics; international wine market; Third World
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Entry last updated: Thursday, 22 Dec 2016

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