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Rodney Tyers

Winthrop Professor, BE MEngSc MSc PhD Harv

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 232 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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B.Eng (Hon) M.Eng.Sci Melbourne, MS and PhD Harvard

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.

Future research

Secular stagnation, financial volatility and global macroeconomic performance
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

Funding overview

2015-2016 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.

2010 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.

Previous positions

1990-2010,1982-1987 Australian National University, Canberra.
2001-2010 Professor of Economics, College of Business and Economics
1993-2001 Reader, Department of Economics
1990-1993 Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics
1984-1987 Research Fellow in Economics, National Centre for Development Studies
1982-1984 Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Research School of Pacific Studies
1987-1990 University of Adelaide, South Australia, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics
1978-1981 Resource Systems Institute, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
1980-1981 Research Associate
1978-1979 Research Fellow

University Administration

Australian National University

Deputy Dean/ Acting Dean, College of Business and Economics (2003-4,2006)
Convener, National Institute of Economics and Business (2002-4)
Other roles in ANU(1990-2007, 1982-87), included Convenor, Program Coordinator, Faculty Board Member, Chair of Committees.

University of Adelaide (1987-1990)

Board of Research Studies (1988)
Chairman, Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (1988-1990)
Postgraduate Studies Coordinator, (1988-1990)
Course Convenor: Graduate Diploma in Economics (1989-1990), Master of Economics by Coursework (1988-1990).

External Honorary Appointments

Research Associate of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA), ANU, continuing.
External Fellow of the Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, reappointed July 2009 for a further three-year term
External Fellow of the Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, School of Economics, University of Nottingham

Visiting Appointments

September 2013 and September 2007, Visiting External Fellow, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

June 2013 and October 2007, Visiting Professor, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

August 2007, Visiting Professor, Center for International Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz

September 2004 and 1999, Visiting Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy, University of Nottingham

September – October 1995, Visiting Research Fellow, AGRAP, World Bank, Washington DC

September 1992-March 1993, Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University, UK

June-August 1992, Visiting Fellow, Trade and Macroeconomics Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC.


Founding co-editor (with Deborah Peterson) of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1996-1998.

Current projects

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

Industrial Relevance

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.

Industrial relevance

Australian export industries
Policy institutions

Teaching overview

The Economics of Financial Markets (postgraduate)
Macroeconomic Theory (honours and postgraduate)
Economic Policy (advanced undergraduate)


Applied macroeconomics
International finance
Economy-wide modelling


  • International trade
  • International finance
  • Economy-wide modelling

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Research Output 2005 2019

Western Australia's Domestic Gas Reservation Policy: Modelling the Economic Impact with a Computable General Equilibrium Approach*

Neill, K., Hartley, P., Tyers, R. & Adams, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Economic Record. 95, 308, p. 90-113 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
Computable general equilibrium
Economic impact
1 Citation (Scopus)

Automation and inequality in China

Zhou, Y. & Tyers, R., 19 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : China Economic Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Labor share

Fertility and savings contractions in China: Long-run global implications

Golley, J., Tyers, R. & Zhou, Y., 1 Nov 2018, In : World Economy. 41, 11, p. 3194-3220 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

46 Downloads (Pure)

Innovation in China: Its global role, firms' behaviour and government policy

Shi, X., 2017, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Firm behavior
Government policy
Innovative behavior

Secular Stagnation: Determinants and Consequences for Australia

Taylor, G. & Tyers, R., Dec 2017, In : Economic Record. 93, 303

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Risk aversion
Economic performance
Trade distortions
Human capital accumulation

Projects 2009 2016