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


Adam is an economist and the Director of Research at the Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Global Economy and Development program.

Adam is widely published in leading economics journals and is a regular contributor to the Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, The Monthly, Huffington Post and other Australian and regional publications.

In previous roles, Adam was a resident fellow at Brookings and worked as an economic policy advisor to the Shadow Assistant Treasurer of Australia, the Hon. Andrew Leigh MP, and is a former advisor at Prime Minister and Cabinet on the global economy and the G20. He is a former consultant at the Cape York Institute and a former mergers and acquisitions analyst at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in law, a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in international economics and a PhD in macroeconomics.


Researcher's projects

Refereed journals

Books, book chapters and reports

  • McKibbin, W. and Triggs, A. (2019). Stagnation versus singularity: the implications of alternative productivity growth scenarios. Chapter 2 of: Qureshi, Z. (Ed) (2019). Growth in a time of change. Brookings Institution Press (Accepted. Forthcoming).
  • Triggs, A. and Shujiro, U. (Eds) (2019). Achieving inclusive growth in the Asia Pacific. Australian National University Press. (Accepted. Forthcoming).
  • Triggs A (2015). The global growth challenge and the G20 growth strategies. Chapter 3 in: G20 and global governance: Blue book of the G20 Think Tank. Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University, July 2015, pp.494-513.
  • Triggs A. (2015). Strengthening the global financial safety net. Chapter 2 in: Renmin University Press, December 2015, T20 Kickoff Meeting, 14-15 December 2015, Shanghai, China.
  • 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.
  • Triggs A. (2016). Australia-China collaboration within the global system. Chapter 8 of the Australia-China Joint Economic Report, Australian National University Press, August.
  • 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

Current projects

  • McKibbin W. and Triggs. A. (2019). A US-led currency war: How bad could it get? Commissioned by Brookings Institution, Global Economy and Development Program (forthcoming).
  • Triggs A. and Alex R. (2019). The value of the G20 to Asia. Commissioned by the Asian Bureau of Economic Research, ANU (forthcoming).
  • Triggs A. and Leigh A. (2019). Common ownership in Australia: how horizontal shareholding weakens competition. (forthcoming).
  • Triggs A. and Armstrong A. (2019). Indexing resilience: An index for financial and economic resilience in Asia. Commissioned by the Asian Bureau of Economic Research, ANU (forthcoming).

Media engagement

Book reviews

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