Research Output per year
B.Eng (Hon) M.Eng.Sci Melbourne, MS and PhD Harvard, FASSA
Professor Tyers is a specialist in applied international economics. He has a doctorate from Harvard University and is currently appointed to the UWA Business School, with an adjunct professorship at the Australian National University. His research applies economic modelling to issues in international economics and international finance, with emphasis on the global implications of Asian macroeconomic policies, growth performance and financial market behaviour.
Global economic interdependence with China
Macroeconomic policy coordination
The Chinese transition and its implications
Japan and its potential to escape stagnation
New approaches to modelling global trade and finance
2017-2018 Australian Research Council Discovery Project Proposal, “Automation and Inequality at the Global Level: Implications for Australia”, leading CI with Markus Brueckner (ANU) and Yixiao Zhou (Curtin U), announced top 10% of unsuccessful proposals.
UWA “Near Miss” funding, $20,000.
2015-2017 Woodside Petroleum, “The economic implications of Australia’s natural gas reservation policies”, leading Chief Investigator with Professor Peter Hartley and Ms Kelly Neill, $130,000, not including UWA Research Office matching funds, $20,000.
2013-2016 Coordinating CI on establishment grant from the Perth US-Asia Centre, UWA, “Economic Interdependency between Asia, the US and Australia”, $10,000.
2010-2014 Australia-Japan Foundation Grant, “Modelling Japanese economic performance – implications for Australia”, joint Chief Investigator with Professor Jenny Corbett, Crawford School, Australian National University, $40,000.
2010-2012 ARC Discovery Grant DP 1094835, “Commodity Booms and Busts: Implications for the Australian Economy”, second Chief Investigator, with Ken Clements, UWA, $270,000, granted over three years.
2008-2010 ARC Discovery Grant DP0879094 “Economic Growth and Real Exchange Rates”, first investigator, joint with Professors Steve Dowrick and Heather Anderson, ANU, $314,000 granted over three years.
2005-2007 ARC Discovery Grant DP0557885 “Economic consequences for Australia of global demographic change”, first investigator, joint with Professor Tim Hatton, Dr Siew-Ean Khoo, Em/Professor Ron Duncan, Dr Max Tani, Dr Qun Shi, ANU, $260,000 granted over three years, carried forward into 2008.
2005-2007 ARC Discovery Grant DP0557885 “Economy-wide consequences of regulation and privatisation in Australia”, first investigator, joint with Professor Flavio Menezes, Director of the Australian Centre for Regulatory Economics, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, ANU, $380,000 granted over three years.
2004 Faculty of Economics and Commerce, ANU, Internal Research Grant: “Sectoral similarity trends and the damping of Stolper-Samuelson effects”, $6,000 for one year.
2001-2005 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). Large Grant ANU-51A: “Global demographic and income trends: their implications for food consumption”, joint with Emeritus Professor Ron Duncan, ANU, A$176,679 over three years.
1999-2004 Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Project No. ADP/1998/128, Project leader Emeritus Professor (Economics and Commerce ANU) Ron Duncan, associate investigator Professor Rod Tyers, $930,746, "Achieving food security in China: implications of WTO accession".
1999-2002 Australian Research Council. Large Grant A00000201, “Growth and recession in Asia: impacts on wages and employment in Australia and other high wage countries”, sole Chief Investigator, A$80,000 over three years.
1995 Australian Research Council. Large grant A79532636 to study rises in wage inequality and unemployment in Australia and other industrial countries and determine the contributions of developing country trade and domestic technical change. A$47,000. First investigator, with Rod Falvey and Robert McDougall.
World Bank, International Economics Department (IECIT), grant to extend research on wage inequality in industrial countries and its links to trade with developing countries. US$30,000. First investigator, with Rod Falvey and Ron Duncan.
1993 Australian Research Council. Small grant 92FIGI096 (S6600417)to study changes in Australia’s trade patterns and their implications for unemployment and income distribution. A$13,000. First investigator, with Rod Falvey and Peter Forsyth.
1992 Australian Research council. Large grant AF9130595 to study the implications of trade reform for investment and innovation in Australia and East Asia. A$60,000. First investigator, with Neil Vousden and Ngo Van Long. Neil took over coordination and most of the research in 1993 as I became overcommitted elsewhere.
1988 Australian Research Council. Large grant A78931961 to study imperfect competition and trade policy in four archetypal economies of the Western Pacific. A$17,500.
1984 World Bank, International Economic Analysis and Projections Department, grant to support research toward a background paper for the World Development Report 1995. US$70,000. Joint with Kym Anderson.
1979 Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, grant to fund cooperative research on US-Asia trade in agricultural products, US$25,000.
2001-2009 Professor of Economics in the College of Business and Economics, Australian National University, Canberra
1993-2001 Reader, Department of Economics in the Faculties, Australian National University, Canberra.
1990-1993 Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics in the Faculties, Australian National University, Canberra.
1987-1990 Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
1984-1987 Research Fellow in Economics, National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University.
1982-1984 Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.
1980-1981 Research Associate, Resource Systems Institute, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1978-1979 Research Fellow, Resource Systems Institute, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2019 Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences
2019 Australian Centre for Applied Macroeconomics, sole paper chosen for presentation at the NBER Asian Seminar, Bangkok, 6-7 June.
2017 Vice Chancellor’s acknowledgement of teaching excellence.
2013 Nomination for UWA Prize for Research Supervision, not pursued.
2012 Nomination for UWA Prize for Teaching, not pursued.
2011 Nomination for UWA Prize for Research Supervision, not pursued.
2010 Beijing Forum – funded invitation to speak, Beijing, 7-9 November 2010.
Nomination for UWA Prize for Teaching, not pursued.
2009 Nomination for UWA Prize for Research Supervision.
2007 Australian National University – Chinese University Exchange Fellowship, to cover all local costs associated with a one-month visit to the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University, Beijing.
2006 Asian Development Bank: sponsored invitation to present at the experts’ seminar on: Shaping the Future: Prospects for Asia’s Long-term Development over the Next Two Decades, 11 – 12 December, 2006: Tyers, R., J. Golley and I. Bain, “Projected economic growth in China and India: the role of demographic change”.
2005 Asian Development Bank: sponsored invitation to present at the Experts’ Meeting on Long Term Scenarios for Asia’s Growth and Trade, 2-4 November.
2000 Fully funded invitation to deliver a paper at the International Economic Association conference on Globalisation and Labour Markets, University of Nottingham, July.
1999 Fully funded invitation to visit the University of Birmingham to deliver the Jean Monnet Lecture at the annual conference of the International Economics Study Group, September.
1996 GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project, Purdue University) Honorary Research Fellowship. Awarded for contributions to the extension of the GTAP database and its applications.
1991 Australian Agricultural Economics Society travel award to attend the biennial conference of the International Agricultural Economics Association in Tokyo, August, A$2,000.
1989 Winner, international food and agricultural policy article competition, Centre for International Food and Agricultural Policy, University of Minnesota (award included a price of US$2,000 and a funded invitation to give a lecture at the University of Minnesota) for Tyers, R. and K. Anderson "Liberalising OECD Agricultural Policies in the Uruguay Round: Effects on Trade and Welfare", Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1988.
1988 Inaugural J.G. Crawford Award for published article on Japan and its relations with Australia (award included a prize of A$2,000), for Anderson, K. and R. Tyers "Japan's Agricultural Policy in International Perspective", Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 1987.
1972 CSIRO Postgraduate Study Award to Harvard University.
1970 Institution of Engineers Australia Prize for Undergraduate Studies in Engineering.
Faculty Board, UWA Business School, June 2015 - 2016.
Budget and Planning Committee, UWA Business School, January 2015 - 2016.
Acting Head of Economics, UWA Business School, July 2014 - January 2015.
Acting Dean, College of Business and Economics (Semester II, 2006)
Full deanship during the dean’s outside studies leave abroad.
Deputy Dean, College of Business and Economics (2003-4, 2006)
Responsible for the routine business of the Dean’s Office, including chairing appeals, academic progress and discipline panels, representing the dean at meetings convened by the Vice Chancellor as well as at numerous social and celebratory events, and acting in the deanship during the Dean’s frequent absences.
Convenor, ANU’s National Institute of Economics and Business (2002-4)
Responsible for integrating the 23 centres for research and teaching in economics and business at the ANU, compiling and maintaining an ANU-wide prospectus and associated web site and organising public lectures in the economics and business fields. Supervisor of the National Institute’s Executive Officer. The National Institutes were subsequently discontinued by the Vice Chancellor in favour of a restructuring of the university into seven Colleges.
Other Australian National University (1990-2009):
Convenor, College of Business and Economics Graduate Coursework in Economics (2008-9)
College of Business and Economics Research Committee (2006-7)
Coordinator, joint undergraduate program ANU-NEU (Vietnam) (2002-6)
ANU Graduate Degrees Committee (2003-4)
Faculty of Economics and Commerce Executive Committee (2003-4)
Elected member, Board of the Faculties (1995–7, 2002-4)
Faculty of Economics and Commerce Graduate Studies Committee
Faculty of Economics and Commerce Teaching Award Committee (2001-3)
Coordinator, casual and continuing Associate Lecturer appointments & tutorial assignments (1996-8, 2000-3)
Chair, School Working Group on Mathematical Economics and Econometrics 2001
Economics seminar coordinator (1992, 1993-4, 1998-99, Semester II 2000)
Coordinator, Economics IV Honours and Honours in Applied Economics programs (Semester II, 2000)
Chair, Professorial Search Committee (1995)
Chair, Subcommittee on Departmental Administration (1994-5)
Chair, Review of Departmental Administration (1994)
Coordinator, Economics IV Honours program (1993)
University of Adelaide (1987-90):
Board of Research Studies (1988)
Chairman, Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (1988-90)
Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, (1988-90)
Course Convenor: Graduate Diploma in Economics (1989-90), Master of Economics by Coursework (1988-90).
Australian National University (1982-87):
Coordinator, International Economic Databank (1982-4)
External Honorary Appointments
2009 - Adjunct Professor of Economics, Research School of Economics, College of Business and Economics, Australian National University, 2009 -.
Panellist, Australian Treasury Model Development Independent Advisory Panel.
2004 - Research Associate of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), Australian National University.
2009-2012 GTAP Research Fellow of the Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, reappointed July 2009 till July 2012 with the citation: “For contributions to the modelling of demographic changes using the Dynamic GTAP Model, and for his previous contributions to the construction of the labour data in the GTAP Database”.
2005 Reappointed as External Fellow of the re-named Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham, February.
2004 Elected as inaugural Research Associate of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), Australian National University.
2003 Elected Research Fellow, Rural Development Research Consortium, University of California, Berkeley, March: www.rdrc.net.
2002 Re-elected External Fellow of the Global Trade Analysis Project, based at Purdue University, USA.
2000 First appointment as External Fellow of the Centre for Research on Globalisation and Labour Markets, University of Nottingham.
2000 Invited chair, Workshop on Modelling the Effects of Greenhouse Policy Responses, Australian Productivity Commission, Canberra, 15 December.
1999 Jean Monnet Lecture at the 24th Annual Conference of the International Economics Study Group of the UK, University of Birmingham, 11 September 1999, title “International agricultural trade policy reform”.
1998 First elected External Fellow of the Global Trade Analysis Project, Purdue University, USA.
1996-8 Editor, with Deborah Peterson, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and member of the National Council of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Inc.
1994-5 President, ACT Branch, Australian Agricultural Economics Society. Initiated reform of the national body, culminating in change of name to the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Coordinated monthly meetings in seminar, dinner speach and debate formats.
1993-4 President Elect and Council member, ACT Branch, Australian Agricultural Economics Society.
2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, December.
2013 Visiting Professor, China Center for Economic Research, School of Development, Peking University, 4 – 11 June.
2008 Visiting Professor, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University, 6 April to 4 May and 1-15 December.
2007 Visiting External Fellow, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, 1-30 September.
Research Associate, Center for International Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1-15 October.
Visiting Professor, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University, 16 October – 10 November.
Visiting Professor, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, 11-30 November.
2004 Three short term Visiting Fellowships, Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU; Centre for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University; Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham.
1999 Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU: July, August, November, December.
Visitor, School of Economics, Globalisation and Labour Markets Project, University of Nottingham, September, October.
1995 Visitor, Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, January, May, June.
Visiting Research Fellow, AGRAP, World Bank, Washington DC, February, March, April.
1992-93Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, U.K., October 1992 through February 1993.
Visiting faculty member, Agricultural Economics Unit, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, U.K., October 1992 through February 1993.
1992 Visiting Fellow, Trade and Macroeconomics Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C., July through September.
Founding co-editor (with Deborah Peterson) of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1996-98. This journal, published by Blackwell, replaced two journals previously published by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
Springer Series on Advances in Applied CGE Modelling, 2015-.
For the following publications: The China Economic Review, The Journal of Asian Economics, Asian Population Studies, The Asian Economic Journal, The Australian Economic Review, The Economic Record, Review of International Economics, International Economic Review, European Economic Review, World Development, Journal of Economic Integration, Journal of Policy Modeling, The World Economy, The Asian Economic Journal, Pacific Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, The Journal of Applied Economics, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Economic Papers, World Bank Economic Review, Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Economic Papers, the Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs and the Review of Income and Wealth.
External Professional Activity:
2015 Economic Society of Australia WA Branch, End of Year Presentation, 9 December, “Does a Commodity Bust Necessitate an Australian Downturn?”
2015 Lectures on Developments in the Chinese and Japanese Economies for the Perth US-Asia Centre, UWA Club, 11 September and 9 October.
2015 UWA Confucius Institute, Public Panel at the University Club on “The Chinese Economy: Myths and Realities”, 12 November 2015, “The Chinese Slowdown and its global effects”
2014 Lectures on Global Macroeconomic Performance for Duke Executive Education, Perth, 12 May and 16 August.
2012 Public Lecture: UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Inquiring Minds Lecture Series, 3 October, “Growth headwinds in China and Japan: Implications for the Australian Economy”, to view: http://ias.csp.uwa.edu.au/?page_id=2, or to download as a podcast: http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/tyers, or via You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HYhZ8CeCJQ
2012 Short course in Modelling the Open Economy for the Macroeconomic Modelling and Development Unit, Australian Treasury, intensive over 5 days, March.
2010 Short course in Modelling the Open Economy for the Macroeconomic Modelling and Development Unit, Australian Treasury, intensive over 5 days, November.
2009 Short course in Modelling the Open Economy for the Macroeconomic Modelling and Development Unit, Australian Treasury, intensive over 5 days, November.
Short course in the Macroeconomics of Financial Shocks, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, October.
2008 Short course in Modelling the Open Economy for the Climate Change Modelling Team, Australian Treasury, ten sessions August-November.
2007 Graduate course in Modelling the Open Economy, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University, Beijing, 15 October – 9 November, 2007.
Short Course in Modelling the Open Economy, Department of Transport and Regional Services, Government of Australia, Canberra, 11-13 April.
2005 November-December: Australian Productivity Commission, Melbourne, referee on the modelling work for the Commission study: “Economic Impacts of Migration and Population Growth”.
2004 October: World Bank, Washington DC, project on Doha Round trade reforms, culminating in paper: “Implicit Policy Preferences and Trade Reform by Tariff Aggregates”.
2001 Australian Productivity Commission, Melbourne, external referee, Staff Research Paper: “The role of technology in determining skilled employment: an economy-wide approach”.
2000 December: Australian Productivity Commission, Invited chair of Workshop on Modelling the Effects of Greenhouse Policy Responses,.
April: Australian Productivity Commission, Canberra, external referee, Review of Australia’s General Tariff.
1998 July: Australian Treasury: lecturer on international economics, refresher course in economics; January-February
November: Australian Industry Commission, Melbourne, external referee, coal sector modelling and benchmarking study.
1995 World Bank: Agricultural policy analysis on former Soviet Union economies: the Baltic states, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. December: concluding presentation on LDC trade and wages in industrial countries.
1994 World Bank: Coordinating author, commissioned paper on LDC trade and industrial country wages.
1992 World Bank: Lectures on international trade conflicts in agriculture to staff training workshop.
1990 Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Analysis of trade reforms in Uruguay Round of negotiations.
1989 UN-FAO: Project on trade policy and income distribution, Kuala Lumpur. The Netherlands: Evaluation of government funded research by the Centre for World Food Studies (SOW) in Amsterdam.
1987 Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Analysis of strategies in multinational trade negotiations. United Nations, ESCAP: Background research for Asian Economic Survey. Industries Assistance Commission, Government of Australia: Modeling effects of protection on the world rice market.
1986 Canadian Tariff Commission: Effects of U.S. agricultural policy on Canada.
1985-86World Bank: Background paper for World Development Report 1986 on world food trade and trade policy issues.
1985 Australian Development Assistance Bureau: Report on sectoral specialisation in aid and procurement for aid.
1983 UN-ESCAP: Review of Asian Food Bank proposal.
1981 UN-ESCAP: Economic analysis of agricultural policy for the ASEAN and Pacific Economic Cooperation Project.
1981 United States National Academy of Sciences, Representative of the at the Food and Agriculture Status Report, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
1978 Ford Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan: Field analyst for the Indus Basin Agricultural Development Research Assessment Project.
1975 Asian Development Bank, Dacca, Bangladesh. Field analyst for Meta Systems Inc. on the Bangladesh Energy Study.
1974 Ford Foundation, New Delhi, India: Field analyst on the Narmada River Basin Project, Gujarat.
Conference and Workshop Convenor:
2013 UWA Business School, Convenor of the Biennial Workshop on the Chinese Economy and of the associated corporate “Breakfast by the Bay”, April.
2000 Appointment to the organising committee of the International Economic Association for its conference on Globalisation and Labour Markets in the UK in July 2000.
1982 Workshop on ASEAN Agricultural Trade Policy, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
1980 Workshop on Trans-Pacific Food Commodity Trade, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
1979 Conference on Food Security in Asia and the Pacific, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS)
Economic Society of Australia (ESA)
American Economic Association (AEA)
The financial origins of secular stagnation
Long run global effects of Chinese demographic contraction
Chinese macroeconomic policy and economic performance
Japanese oligopolies and economic performance
The determinants of commodity price volatility – implications for Australia
Demographic change in China: implications for the world economy
Economic growth, macroeconomic shocks and real exchange rate realignment
China and Japan are amongst Australia’s largest trading partners. The research on their economies bears directly on the demand for mineral ores and energy products and so is of direct interest to the state’s mining and energy industries. The work on real exchange rate realignment is also of interest to state industries since it links export prices and domestic production costs. It is also of interest in the formulation of national economic policy.
Collaborations with Other Institutions
Collaborating institutions include the Australian National University and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. There is also liaison with the Australian Treasury and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
University of Western Australia Business School: 2009 -
Economics of Financial Markets (graduate): 2016-
Advanced Macroeconomics (honours and graduate): 2009-10, 2015-
Economic Policy Analysis (advanced undergraduate): 2014-15
Macroeconomic Theory (advanced undergraduate): 2010-2014
Money, Banking and Financial Markets (advanced undergraduate): 2009-2012
Australian National University: 1990 - 2009
Modelling the Open Economy (Graduate, 2005-2012, latter three visiting from UWA)
Graduate Diploma Macroeconomics (2005, 2008)
International Economics (Undergraduate and Graduate 2007)
Business Economics (MBA, 2005)
Investment Decisions and Financial Systems (Engineering) (2001-3)
Intermediate Macroeconomics (2000-5)
Economics III Honours (International Economics) (1998-2003)
International Economics (Graduate and Honours component only) (1998-2003)
Mathematics for Advanced Economic Analysis (summer intensive) (1999-2003)
Graduate International Trade Theory (Masters) (1998)
Macroeconomics I (1995-1998)
Graduate Microeconomic Theory (M Ec and Honours) (1992-1993, 1997)
Graduate Research Seminar (1993)
Quantitative International Economics (M Ec and Honours) (1991-93)
International Economics (Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade) (1991)
Macroeconomics of Developing Countries (Grad Dip Ec of Dev program) (1992)
Agricultural Economics (1992)
Economics I (Honours microeconomics component) (1990-1991)
University of Adelaide - 1987-1990
Microeconomic Theory (Masters and fourth year Honours)
International Trade (Masters and fourth year Honours)
Microeconomics II (second year undergraduate and Graduate Diploma)
Applied Econometrics (third year undergraduate)
Australian National University - 1984-1986
Applied Econometrics and Policy Modelling (M Ec Dev program).
- International trade
- International finance
- Economy-wide modelling
Research output: Contribution to conference › Conference presentation/ephemera
Research output: Working paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Projects per year
Modelling the Australian Gas Sector : Economic Impacts of Western Australia’s Gas Reservation Policy
13/02/15 → 31/08/16
Tyers, R. & Corbett, J.
1/01/10 → 31/12/10
1/01/10 → 31/12/12
Rodney Tyers & Yixiao Zhou
1 media contribution
Press/Media: Press / Media
Rodney Tyers & Yixiao Zhou
1 media contribution
Press/Media: Press / Media