The Arndt-Corden Department of Economics is headed by Professor Raghbendra Jha. It works on theoretical and applied problems of international economics and development, with emphasis on the countries of Southeast, Northeast and South Asia, and the Southwest Pacific.
The late Professor Sir John Crawford was the first head of department, followed by the late Professor H W Arndt and Professor W Max Corden. The Department is affiliated with the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, in the ANU and has named itself after Heinz Arndt and Max Corden to honor two of Australia’s most outstanding economists.
The distinctive feature of the Department, and the key to its enduring academic success, is the intersection, within the same individuals, of two different but complementary forms of expertise: a high level of disciplinary competence in the relevant fields of applied economics; and deep regional knowledge, supplemented by extensive on-the-ground experience.
The Department is one of the pre-eminent centres of research on the economics of the Asia-Pacific region. It currently has active interests in macroeconomics and finance, agriculture, industrialisation, the economics of poverty, labour migration, environmental policy, decentralisation, and international trade and capital flows.