Dr Adam Triggs

Bachelor of Economics (ANU), Bachelor of Laws (ANU), Master of International and Development Economics (ANU), PhD Economics (ANU)
Director of Research, Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow. Non-resident fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
College of Asia & the Pacific


Current positions:

  • Director of Research, Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Non-resident fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Weekly columnist, Canberra Times and Inside Story
  • Editor, East Asia Forum
  • Consultant

Former positions:

  • Expert advisor, Oliver Wyman Group
  • Resident fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Economic advisor, Andrew Leigh MP
  • A/g Director, Economic Policy, Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Economist, Cape York Institute
  • Adisor, Global economy, Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Economist, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Consultant: National Australia Bank, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Treasury, New Zealand Treasury, Government of Saudi Arabia, Government of Myanmar.


Researcher's projects

Refereed journals

  1. Triggs, A. (2018). Macroeconomic policy cooperation and the G20. The World Economy. Volume 41, Issue 5, pp. 1309-1341. (Impact factor: 1.088. 3 citations. Top downloaded article in Nov 2018).
  2. Gans, J., Leigh, A., Schmalz, M. and Triggs, A. (2019). Inequality and market concentration: When shareholding is more skewed than consumption. Oxford Review of Economic Policy. Volume 35. Issue 3. pp. 550-563. (Impact factor: 2.392. 3 citations. Listed on SSRN’s top10 download list).   [Gans (25%), Leigh (25%), Schmalz (25%), Triggs (25%)].
  3. Triggs, A. (2019). Rebalancing a lop-sided global economy: Reducing global current account imbalances. The World Economy. 2019; Volume 00; pp.1-47. (Impact factor: 1.088)
  4. Drysdale, P., Triggs, A. and Wang, J. (2017). China’s new role in the international financial architecture. Asian Economic Policy Review. Volume 12. Issue 2. pp. 258-277. (Impact factor: 0.458. 7 citations. In the top 20 most read papers in the Asian Economic Policy Review). [Drysdale (20%), Triggs (40%), Wang (40%)].
  5. Triggs, A. and Leigh, A. (2016). Markets, monopolies and moguls: The relationship between inequality and competition policy. Australian Economic Review, Volume 49, No. 4, pp.389-412. (Impact factor: 0.506. 8 citations). [Triggs (70%), Leigh (30%)].
  6. Triggs, A., Kacaribu, F. and Wang, J. (2019). Risks, resilience and reforms: Indonesia’s financial system in 2019. Bulletin for Indonesian Economic Studies. Volume 55, Issue 1, April 2019. (Impact factor: 1.517. 1 citation). [Triggs (50%), Kacaribu (25%), Wang (25%)].
  7. Triggs, A. and Leigh, A. (2019). A giant problem: The influence of the Chicago School on Australian competition law, economic dynamism and inequality. Federal Law Review. Volume 47, Issue 4, 2019 (FLR is Australia’s leading legal journal, ranked A* by the Aust Business Deans Council). 
  8. Triggs, A. (2020). From a health crisis to a financial crisis: Australia’s role in stabilising Asian financial systems. Journal for Australian Political Economy. Issue 85 (Winter 2020). pp.121-9.
  9. Triggs, A. (2020). What does a concentrated stock market tell us about competition in the economy? Economic Papers. (Accepted, forthcoming).
  10. Triggs, A. and Rouse, A. (2020). Measuring the benefits of multilateralism to Asia: A G20 case study. Journal of Asian Economics. (Accepted, forthcoming).
  11. Triggs, A. and McKibbin, W. (2020). Global implications of a US-led currency war. The World Economy. (Accepted, forthcoming).
  12. Leigh, A. and Triggs, A. (2020). Betting on both sides: Common ownership of competing firms in Australia. Economic Record. (Accepted, forthcoming).
  13. Leigh, A. and Triggs, A. (2020). Estimating market concentration using incomplete data: Evidence from Australia. Applied Economic Letters. (Accepted, forthcoming).

Books and book chapters

  1. Triggs, A. and Urata, S. (Eds) (2019). Achieving inclusive growth in the Asia Pacific. Australian National University Press. Forthcoming.
  2. McKibbin, W. and Triggs, A. (2020). Stagnation versus Singularity: The global implications of alternative productivity growth scenarios. Chapter 3 of Kim, H.K. and Qureshi, Z. (2020). Growth in a time of change. Brookings Institution Press. Washington, D.C.
  3. Triggs A (2015). The global growth challenge and the G20 growth strategies. Chapter 4, G20 and global governance: Blue book of the G20 Think Tank. Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University, July 2015.
  4. Triggs A. (2015). Strengthening the global financial safety net. Chapter 3, China’s G20 president, Renmin University Press, December 2015.


  1. Asian Bureau of Economic Research (2020). An Asian strategy for recovery and reconstruction after Covid-19. Asian Bureau of Economic Research, Australian National University.
  2. de Brouwer, G., Goodman, M., Armstrong, S. and Triggs, A. (2019). Delivering prosperity in the Indo-Pacific: An agenda for Australia and the United States. Working Paper. Centre for International and Strategic Studies. Washington, D.C.
  3. Drysdale, P. and Triggs, A. (2019). APEC 2020 – Agenda for Shared Prosperity. Asian Bureau of Economic Research. Prepared for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  4. Triggs A. and Drysdale P. (2017). South Korea: Perspectives, trends and insights. EABER working paper, published with National Australia Bank.
  5. Triggs A. (2016). The implications of financial reform and capital account liberalisation in China for the Australia-China relationship. Chapter 5 of the Australia-China Joint Economic Report, Australian National University Press, August.
  6. Triggs A. (2016). Australia-China collaboration within the global system. Chapter 8 of the Australia-China Joint Economic Report, Australian National University Press, August.
  7. Triggs A. (2015). Foreign aid, international relations and infrastructure investment in Myanmar. Chapter 5 in: Myanmar Trade and Investment Strategy. ANU Press, February

Working papers

  1. Triggs A. (2019). Structural reform and collective growth targets: Coordination or coincidence? Forthcoming working paper with Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper.
  2. Triggs A. (2019). Currency wars and monetary policy. Forthcoming working paper at Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper.
  3. McKibbin, W. and Triggs, A. (2019). Stagnation versus singularity: The global implications of alternative productivity growth scenarios. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. Working Paper 26/2019. 20 March (to be published as Chapter 2 of: Qureshi, Z. (Ed) (2019). Growth in a time of change. Brookings Institution Press (Accepted. Forthcoming).
  4. Triggs A. (2018). Can coordination in the G20 help countries to reduce debt and deficits? Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper 122. November 2018.
  5. Triggs A. (2018). The economic and political benefits of coordinated fiscal stimulus. Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper 121. November 2018.
  6. Triggs A. (2018). Rebalancing a lop-sided global economy. Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper 119.
  7. Triggs A. (2018). The dangerous inadequacies of the world’s crisis-response mechanisms. Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper 116, May 2018.
  8. McKibbin, W. and Triggs A. (2018). Modelling the G20. Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. CAMA Working Paper 17/2018.
  9. Triggs A. (2018). Do global forums influence macroeconomic policies anymore? Brookings Institution. Global Economy & Development. Working Paper 115. 20 April 2018.
  10. Triggs A. and Leigh A. (2017). A few big firms. The Monthly, 17 May 2017.
  11. Triggs A. (2016). The G20 and macroeconomic policy cooperation. Lowy Institute for International Policy, G20 Monitor, February.
  12. Triggs A. (2016). Reducing systemic risks in Asia through greater integration. Working paper for the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) Conference series, December 2016, Canberra, Australia.

Current projects

  1. Book — complete manuscript with Yale University Press: Triggs, A. (2020). Choosing Cooperation: The case for economic cooperation in the recovery from Covid-19.  
  2. Edited book — project underway: Armstrong, S. and Triggs, A. (2020). The relationship between economics and security.
  3. ARC linkage project — application in August round: The relationship between economics and security.

Media engagement

  1. Triggs, A. (2020). President Biden won't fix Australia's foreign policy challenges. Canberra Times. 14 July. 
  2. Triggs, A. (2020). Raising the price of war. Inside Story. 6 July.
  3. Triggs, A. (2020). Picking winners: Has the government given up on free markets? Canberra Times. 23 June.
  4. Triggs, A. (2020). Less foreign investment makes Australia less secure. Canberra Times. 9 June.
  5. Armstrong, S. and Triggs, A. (2020). The West shouldn’t fear Chinese cash, but welcome the peace dividend. South China Morning Post. 18 June.
  6. Triggs, A. (2020). Scott Morrison’s G7 tightrope. Canberra Times. 16 June.
  7. Triggs, A. and Armstrong, S. (2020). Asia’s economies are better together in battling the fallout from coronavirus. South China Morning Post. 3 June.
  8. Triggs, A. (2020). Need growth? Scrap policies that favour rich people and monopolies. Inside Story. 1 June 2020.
  9. Triggs, A. (2020). The decline in America’s financial supremacy just got faster. Inside Story. 25 May 2020.
  10. Triggs, A. (2020). Snapback? Fiscal stimulus hasn’t even started yet. Canberra Times. 19 May.
  11. Triggs, A. (2020). Covid-19 and the threat of inflation. Canberra Times. 12 May.
  12. Triggs, A. (2020). Matching politics and economics. Inside Story. 27 April.
  13. Triggs, A. (2020). The high price of sovereignty. Canberra Times. 4 May.
  14. Triggs, A. (2020). Covid-19 and Virgin: another monopoly or another bailout? Inside Story. 20 April.
  15. INTERVIEW: Indonesia under Covid-19. ABC Radio National. Saturday Extra. 18 April.
  16. Triggs, A. (2020). Will Australia turn its back on Indonesia? Inside Story. 14 April.
  17. Basri, C., Drysdale, P. and Triggs, A. (2020). Speed of the essence in Asia’s new financial corona-contagion. Australian Financial Review. 7 April.
  18. Triggs, A. (2020). The time to ramp up protection against Asian financial contagion is now. Brookings Institution. 7 April.
  19. Triggs, A. (2020). Rebuilding the economy after Covid-19. Inside Story. 7 April.
  20. Triggs, A. (2020). Before anyone asks, no, Australia does not have a debt problem. Canberra Times. 30 March.
  21. Triggs, A. (2020). A wave of financial crises is looming. It’s clear what needs to be done. Canberra Times. 24 March.
  22. Triggs, A. (2020). The triple economic shock of Covid-19 and the priorities for an emergency G20 leaders meeting. Brookings Institution. 17 March.
  23. Triggs, A. (2020). The hits and misses of the Government’s fiscal stimulus package. Canberra Times. 16 March.
  24. McKibbin, W. and Triggs, A. (2020). The future will be shaped by what happens next to global productivity growth. Brookings Institution. 2 March.
  25. Triggs, A. (2020). The weakest links: the Coronavirus’s biggest threat comes from panicky consumers and inept policymakers. Inside Story. 2 March
  26. Triggs, A. (2020). INTERVIEW: Fiscal stimulus and the Coronavirus. The Project. 6 March.
  27. Triggs, A. (2019). It’s the demand-side, stupid! Canberra Times. 21 November 2019.
  28. Triggs, A. and Drysdale, P. (2019). Asia has taken a stand against economic nationalism. Australian Financial Review. 6 November 2019.
  29. Triggs, A. (2019). Too dumb and too China-dependent? Why criticisms of Australia’s exports misunderstand how markets and trade work. Inside Story. 22 October 2019.
  30. Triggs, A. (2019). The Reserve Bank needs cooperation, not quantitative easing. Canberra Times. 9 October 2019.
  31. Triggs, A. (2019). Reducing the dominance of the US dollar. Australian Financial Review, 23 September 2019.
  32. Triggs, A. (2019). The Saudi oil shock: A symptom of a much bigger economic risk. Inside Story, 19 September 2019.
  33. INTERVIEW: When G7 leaders can’t even agree on a communique, we have a problem. ABC News, 28 August.
  34. Triggs, A. (2019). Protecting the economy from politicians. Could we? Should we? Inside Story, 28 August 2019.
  35. Triggs, A. (2019). US institutions will keep Trump’s currency war at bay, but for how long? Brookings Institution. 19 August.
  36. Triggs, A. (2019). Next up, currency war. Canberra Times. 8 August.
  37. Triggs, A. (2019). The economic case for increasing Newstart. Inside Story. 30 December 2019.
  38. Triggs, A. (2019). Don’t mention the (trade) war. Canberra Times. 2 July.
  39. Triggs, A. and Denton, J. (2019). Time for middle powers to lead the way. Australian Financial Review. 26 June.
  40.  INTERVIEW: The US-China trade and technology war. Al Jazeera. 8 June 2019.
  41. Triggs, A. (2019). Modern monetary theory: when good economics loses its way. Inside Story. 4 June 2019.
  42. Triggs, A. (2019). Scott Morrison’s poisoned economic chalice. Inside Story. 24 May.
  43. Triggs, A. (2019). Trade tensions will persist until global financial imbalances are addressed. East Asia Forum. 17 May.
  44. Triggs, A. (2019). The next global downturn could be a nasty one. Inside Story. 26 April
  45. Triggs, A., Kacaribu, F. and Wang, J. (2019). Jokowi back to the job of dealing with market realities. Australian Financial Review. 22 April.
  46. Triggs, A. and Read, J. (2019). Finding the right amount of independence for Asia’s central banks. East Asia Forum. 16 April.
  47. INTERVIEW: The state of competition policy in Australia and Asia. ABC Radio National. Counterpoint. 18 March 2019.
  48. Triggs, A. and Read, J. (2019). Competition in Asia: Too little of a good thing. East Asia Forum. 5 March.
  49. Triggs, A., Leigh, A., Schmalz, M. and Gans, J. (2019). Market power and inequality. Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. 23 January.
  50. INTERVIEW: G20 summit US-China trade war ceasefire won’t work: expert. ABC News Radio. 4 December.
  51. Triggs, A. (2018). Trump’s trade deal won’t work. The G20’s will. Inside Story. 2 December.
  52. Triggs, A. (2018). What the looming US recession means for Asia. Australian Financial Review. 2 December.
  53. Triggs, A. (2018). Trump and Xi: Why bilateralism won’t work. Brookings Institution. Future Development. 1 December.
  54. INTERVIEW: Trade and the G20. First Look Asia. Channel NewsAsia. 30 November.
  55. Triggs, A. (2018). Does the G20 summit really make a difference? World leaders reckon it does. The Conversation. 29 November.
  56. Triggs, A. (2018). The G20 must not surrender to Donald Trump’s bilateral bullying. Australian Financial Review. 25 November 2018.
  57. Triggs, A. (2018). Unlocking Australia’s productivity paradox: Why things aren’t that super. The Conversation. 13 November.
  58. Drysdale, P. and Triggs, A. (2018). This is no time for APEC to be asleep at the wheel. Australian Financial Review. 13 November 2018.
  59. Triggs A. (2018). Unlocking Australia’s productivity paradox. Why things aren’t that super. The Conversation. 13 November 2018.
  60. Triggs A. (2018). Are you ready for Asia’s next financial crisis? Australian Financial Review. 11 October 2018.
  61. INTERVIEW: Facility Shopping and financial crises. Counterpoint. ABC. 20 August 2018.
  62. Triggs A. (2018). Facility shopping is fanning financial risks. East Asia Forum. 26 July 2018.
  63. INTERVIEW: Stress in emerging economy financial sectors. CNBC, Street Signs. 20 July 2018.
  64. Triggs A. (2018). The world’s economic crisis-fighting mechanisms are dangerously inadequate. The Conversation. 6 June 2018.
  65. Triggs A. (2018). Could President Trump be the saviour of Europe? Brookings Institution. Future Development. 12 April 2018.
  66. Triggs A. (2018). The G20’s growth agenda is up for renewal – why it should centre on competition reform. Brookings Institution. Future Development. 19 December 2017.
  67. Triggs A. and Drysdale P. (2017). Why Australia and South Korea must work on their relationship. Australian Financial Review. 3 December 2017.
  68. INTERVIEW: Market concentration in Australia and the United States. ABC Radio National, 16 September 2017.
  69. Triggs A. (2017). The G20 toughs it out in Hamburg. East Asia Forum. 11 July 2017.
  70. INTERVIEW: The G20 summit in Hamburg. Bloomberg TV (live). 7 July 2017.
  71. Triggs A. (2017). The G20’s economic leadership deficit. The Conversation. 6 July 2017.
  72. INTERVIEW: Turnbull to enter a photo op shop hoping to find a global glow. The Australian. 5 July 2017.
  73. Triggs A. (2017). Divided G7 an opportunity for Asia and the G20. Australian Financial Review. 2 July 2017.
  74. INTERVIEW: EastSide Radio (Sydney). The state of competition in Australia. 23 May 2017.
  75. Triggs A. and Leigh A. (2017). A few big firms. The Monthly, 17 May 2017.
  76. Triggs A. (2017). Is the G20 backing down on its fight against protectionism? East Asia Forum. 20 March 2017.
  77. Triggs A. (2017). The economic consequences of Mr Trump. Kiel Institute for the World Economy, 24 January 2017.
  78. Triggs A. (2017). Germany’s anti-Trump agenda unveiled. East Asia Forum, 11 January 2017.
  79. Leigh A. and Triggs A. (2017). It’s time to put markets ahead of monopolies. Huffington Post, 6 January 2017.
  80. Triggs A. (2016). Global current account imbalances are back. East Asia Forum, 15 December 2016.
  81. Triggs A. (2016). Is Asia doing the heavy lifting in the G20? East Asia Forum, 14 October 2016.
  82. Triggs A. (2016).IMF reform agenda will reduce financial risks in Asia. Australian Financial Review, 22 Feb 2016.
  83. Triggs A. (2016).China must broaden its priorities for a successful G20 summit. East Asia Forum, 23 August 2016.
  84. Triggs A. (2015).G20 can push reform of the IMF and improve global financial safety net. Australian Financial Review, 9 November 2015.
  85. Triggs A. (2015).China prepares to take the wheel at the G20, Business Spectator, 5 September 2015.
  86. Triggs A. (2015).The G20 is not ready for the next crisis. East Asia Forum, 8 November 2015.
  87. Triggs A. (2015).G20 leaders falling US$4 trillion short of growth target. East Asia Forum, 17 November 2015.

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