Dr Charles Fane

BA (Hons) (Oxford), PhD (Harvard)
Emeritus Professor, The Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Economic Systems 149901
  • Macroeconomics (Incl. Monetary And Fiscal Theory) 140212
  • Welfare Economics 140219
  • Heterodox Economics 149903
  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Public Economics Taxation And Revenue 140215
  • International Economics And International Finance 140210
  • Financial Economics 140207
  • Economic Development And Growth 140202
  • Urban And Regional Economics 140218
  • Agricultural Economics 140201

Research interests

International macroeconomics; development economics; causes of poverty and links between poverty and growth.


Harkness Fellow at Harvard University (1968); Senior Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London (1971-75); Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce, ANU (1976-91); Present position since 1992; Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1997).

Career highlights

With a colleague, I wrote a report on Exchange Controls and Exchange Rate Systems for the 1981 Inquiry into the Australian Financial System ('Campbell Committee'). Our main recommendations — that Australia should abandon all its exchange controls and float the dollar — were adopted by the Committee against the then strong opposition of Treasury and the Reserve Bank. I worked in Jakarta in 1987 for the Ministry of Industry and the World Bank as leader of a three-person team that studied effective protection and options for liberalising trade policy. I have since worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Indonesia (on a further five missions), Trinidad and Tobago (twice), Ghana, Madagascar, Georgia, Yemen, Ethiopia and Iran (three times, most recently in July 2001). I have consulted on tax policy for the New Zealand Treasury (three times), for the UNDP in Sri Lanka and for UNIDO in Bulgaria. In 1999, I wrote a report on Policies for Reducing the Destabilising Effects of Short-term Capital Flows for the Institution Building in Asia Project that was co-ordinated by the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (Sydney University) for the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Japan.


Return to top

Updated:  04 June 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers