Ritchie Chair in Economics
Prof John Freebairn holds the Ritchie chair in economics at the University of Melbourne. He is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with current interests in taxation reform and environmental economics. John has a distinguished academic career, serving as a professor of economics in faculties of economics at a number of universities, including the Australian National University, LaTrobe and Monash universities. He has held the positions of Head of Department and Dean at Monash University and the University of Melbourne, respectively. John has also served as a senior economist with the New South Wales Department of Agriculture, Deputy Director of the Centre of Policy Studies, Research Director at the Business Council of Australia and Director of the Melbourne Institute.