Assoc Prof Ian McLean

  • Biography/ Background

    I have been a Visiting Research Fellow since retiring in 2007, prior to which I was an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide. I have also been a Visiting Professor of Economics at both Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. My PhD (1971) is from the Australian National University.

  • Research Interests

    Economic history (especially of Australia and the United States); comparative economic growth.

  • Publications

     Selected Recent Publications:

    Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012).

    "Why Was Australia So Rich?" Explorations in Economic History, Vol. 44, No. 4 (October 2007), pp.635-656.

    "Recovery from Depression: Australia in an Argentine Mirror 1895-1913", Australian Economic History Review, Vol. 46, No. 3 (November 2006), pp.215-241.

    "Australian Economic Growth in Historical Perspective", Economic Record, Vol. 80, No. 250 (September 2004), pp.330-345.

    "The Productivity of U.S. States since 1880", Journal of Economic Growth, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 2003), pp.73-114. (With Kris James Mitchener.)

    "Australian Growth: A California Perspective", in Dani Rodrik (ed.), In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003), pp.23-52. (With Alan M. Taylor.)

    "U.S. Regional Growth and Convergence, 1880-1980", Journal of Economic History, Vol. 59, No. 4 (December 1999), pp.1016-1042. (With Kris James Mitchener.)


    Recent Unpublished Papers:

    "Responding to Shocks: Australia's Institutions and Policies." School of Economics Research Paper 2010-30, University of Adelaide, December 2010, 29 pages.

    "Might Australia Have Failed? Endowments, Institutions and Contingency." School of Economics Working Paper 2007-04, University of Adelaide, December 2007, 42 pages.


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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2012