Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson

Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson
  • Biography/ Background

    Kym Anderson is the George Gollin Professor Emeritus in the School of Economics and Public Policy, 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 in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics of ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy, and since April 2018 he has been an Honorary Professor there.

    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, Peking 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, food and wine economics and trade policy issues, and on WTO matters in numerous developing countries.

    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 of the Economic Society of Australia, a Distinguished Fellow (and former President) of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, a Fellow (and Vice-President) of the American Association of Wine Economists, and he became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2003. In 2018 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He is on the editorial board of several international academic journals, including, as Co-editor, the Journal of Wine Economics (see www.wine-economics.org).

    He served on several dispute settlement and arbitration panels at the World Trade Organization (1996-2009, 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). During 2018-19 he undertook an Independent Review (available in Files, below) for the South Australian Government of its moratorium on genetically modified crop production (following which the Government removed it except for Kangaroo Island).

    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 (from 2010), Vice-Chair (2013-14) and Chair (2015-17) of the Washington DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute, as a Commissioner on the Commission of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR, 2011-14), as President of ACIAR's international Policy Advisory Council (2014-20) and as Vice-Chair (2020) and Chair (from Nov. 2021) of the Governing Council of the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).

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

    Further details are in his CV in Files, below.

  • Qualifications

    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 was 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 economics, and the economics of agriculture, food and wine. His most recent projects have focused on empirical analysis of such issues as the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (www.worldbank.org/trade/wto); global distortions to agricultural incentives (www.worldbank.org/agdistortions); economics of agricultural biotechnology (GMO) policies globally (www.econ.worldbank.org/programs/trade/biotech); and wine globalization (www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ). He has published around 50 books, more than 200 academic journal articles plus 150 chapters in others' edited books. Two of his recent books have received prizes for excellence in research and in communication from both the American and the Australian agricultural and applied economics associations, six have been translated into foreign languages, and another three have received prizes from the OIV (the Paris-based International Organization for Vines and Wine).

  • Publications

    Kym Anderson's most recent books are listed chronologically below. See his full cv under 'Files' for the list of more than 400 articles in journals and as chapters in other books:

    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 AARES 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 www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/fisher)

    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 www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/winegrapes. Joint recipient of the OIV 2014 Prize for best viticulture book.

    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 www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/austwine

    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 www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/agtrade/

    Global Wine Markets, 1860 to 2016: A Statistical Compendium (with S. Nelgen and V. Pinilla), Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2017. Free e-book version is at www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/global-wine-markets

    Wine Globalization: A New Comparative History (edited with V. Pinilla), Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

    Asia-Pacific Trade Policies: A World Scientific Reference, Volumes 1 and 2, Singapore: World Scientific, 2020.

    The International Economics of Wine, Singapore: World Scientific, 2020.

    Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where? A Global Empirical Picture (Revised Edition) (with S. Nelgen), 2020. Free ebook version is at www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/winegrapes.

  • Files

  • Media Expertise

    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: Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023