Alan Duncan


DPhil (York)
BA Econ (Hons) (Manchester)

Telephone+61 8 9266 1744
Research Fields

Econometrics, labour economics, welfare policy evaluation, childcare affordability, employment incentives, population dynamics, poverty and inequality, and economic and social wellbeing.

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Professor Alan Duncan is Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and Bankwest Professor of Economic Policy at Curtin University. Prior to taking up this position in 2012, Alan was Director of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. He was previously Head of School and a Professor of Economics at Nottingham School of Economics, University of Nottingham and has also held positions at the University of York and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Alan’s research is motivated by a passion to influence public debates on economic and social issues through rigorous, evidence-based research. He has a broad range of interests in labour and workforce issues; gender equity; economic and social policy evaluation; public policy; taxation; housing affordability; education, training and childcare; population dynamics and migration; and inequality and wellbeing.

Alan ranks among the top 5% of economists worldwide, having published widely in both academic and policy outlets of the highest international reputation. He has published widely in both academic and policy outlets, with articles appearing in journals of the highest international reputation, including Econometrica, The Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Economic Record, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Applied Econometrics and Fiscal Studies. Alan was awarded the prestigious Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 2000 for a paper published in the world-leading journal, Econometrica.

Alan completed a DPhil in Economics at the University of York. He has served on senior advisory panels and boards for government and public sector organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and the US, and has given evidence at numerous Federal Senate Committee inquiries, advising on areas including tax policy, pensions, labour markets and household welfare. Alan has served as instructor to World Bank country experts on policy evaluation, and was recently invited by the International Monetary Fund to serve as a Mission Expert to the People’s Republic of China Technical Assistance mission on tax reform and employment incentives.