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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 of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute (since 2010), and as a Commissioner of the ACIAR Commission of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (since 2011).

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 more than 30 books and 300 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 economics associations.


His most recently finished books are:

Distortions to Agricultural Incentives: A Global Perspective, 1955-2007, London: Palgrave Macmillan and Washington DC: World Bank, October 2009 (Recipient of the Bruce Gardner memorial Prize of the (US) Agriculatural 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, March 2010

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

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

His earlier books include: 

Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Europe's Transition Economies (edited with J. Swinnen, 2008), Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Latin America (edited with A. Valdes, 2008), Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Asia (edited with W. Martin, 2009), and Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Africa (edited with W. Masters, 2009), Washington DC: World Bank.

Agricultural Trade Reform and the Doha Development Agenda (edited with W. Martin), London: Palgrave Macmillan and Washington DC: World Bank, 2006. (Recipient of the American Agricultural Economics Association 2006 Quality of Communication Award and the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society inaugural Quality of Research Discovery Prize, 2007.)

WTO Core Rules and Disciplines (edited with B. Hoekman), a two-volume set for the series of readings on Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System, London: Edward Elgar, 2006.

The WTO and Agriculture (edited with T. Josling), a two-volume set for the series of readings on Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System, London: Edward Elgar, 2005

World Wine Markets: Globalization at Work, London: Edward Elgar, 2004

The Building of Economics at Adelaide, 1901 to 2001 (with B. O'Neil), Adelaide: School of Economics, University of Adelaide, 2002 (revised February 2004, re-published by University of Adelaide Press in 2009, PDF copy accessible below)

For a full list of his publications, please see attached CV below


Journal articles since 2012 include 


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
NotesAlt phone: (08) 8313 5540

Entry last updated: Sunday, 21 Sep 2014

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