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PhD, BEc(hons)


Renée Fry-McKibbin is a Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She directs three research programs in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). These are 'COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy’, ‘Finance and the Macroeconomy’ and ‘Commodities and the Macroeconomy.’ She holds the position of Research Associate in the Research Project in Forecasting at George Washington University as well as in the Norwegian Centre for Macroeconomic and Petroleum Analysis. She is a committee member for the UK Money, Macro and Finance Society, and a board member of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society. She is Co-editor of the Economic Record and Associate Editor of International Review of Economics and Finance, and Finance Research Letters.

Renée’s research focuses on financial market and macro econometrics. She develops frameworks to model the transmission of international economic and financial market shocks to small open economies She holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant looking at ‘Australia’s resilience to recession,’ and recently completed a grant on ‘Commodity Cycles.’ Her principal publications appear in the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and Quantitative Finance.

Previous positions include Associate Dean (Research) of the College of Asia & the Pacific (2014-2018), membership of the Research Excellence Committee for the Evaluation of Research in Australia for the Australian Research Council (2018), Australian Business Deans Council Journal Ranking Steering Committee (2019), Associate Editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance (2015-2019), Director of CAMA (2012- 2014) and Deputy Director of CAMA (2009 and 2012) and Research Associate of Cambridge Finance and Policy at the University of Cambridge (2008-2012). She has been a visiting scholar or consultant to the European Central Bank, the Bundesbank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Federal Treasury, AUSAID, the New Zealand Treasury and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In 2017 she won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Ph.D. Supervision. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Melbourne in 2002.

Other work

Renée Fry-McKibbin is co-director of the research program COVID-19 and the Macroeconomy hosted in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis. The program aims to understand the global and country-specific financial market and macroeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides a forum to explore the new financial market and economic linkages between countries and the potential mechanisms of recovery from the crisis. The aim is to inform policymakers in both emerging and developed economies and to enhance academic research as the world recovers from the crisis.

Research interests

Macroeconometric Modelling; Financial Market Crisis and Contagion Modeling; Financial Market Interdependence Modeling; Currency Market Intervention; Commodity Cycles; Time Series Analysis; SVAR Modelling; Latent Factor Modelling.

External positions

Advisor - macroeconometrics and time series analysis, The Treasury

Nov 2014 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics and International Finance
  • Macroeconomics (incl. Monetary and Fiscal Theory)
  • Time-Series Analysis


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