Emeritus Professor Kaliappa Kalirajan

Kaliappa Kalirajan is an applied economist and policy analyst. He received his Masters in Mathematical Economics from Madurai University (1970), Master of Letters in Econometrics from Madurai University (1973) and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the Australian National University (1979).

Before joining the Crawford School, he was a Professor of International Economics at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID) and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. Before joining FASID and GRIPS, he was Deputy Executive Director to Executive Director, in the Australia South Asia Research Centre at The Australian National University (1994-2000).

His areas of major interests include macroeconomic and trade policies and reform, poverty reduction, low-carbon energy systems in Asia, and sources of growth. His work on the stochastic frontier production function methodology has given him international recognition. He has several research publications in these areas in reputed academic and policy-oriented journals. He received a special commendation award from the Indian Econometric Society for his outstanding work in frontier production function analyses in December 1994. He has authored, co-authored, or edited a total of 19 books published by reputed international publishers.

He has taught and supervised students for PhD in Economics and Econometrics in the following universities: Madurai University, India; National University of Singapore; University of the Philippines; The Australian National University; Sophia University, Japan; International University of Japan; International Christian University, Japan, and National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan. He is also a visiting professor at the Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India and at the Institute for Development Studies, Visakhapatnam, India. He has served as an Advisor to the FASID-GRIPS Joint Graduate Program in International Development Studies taught at GRIPS in Tokyo, 2009-2011. He has been a consultant to different national and international organizations.

He is currently serving in the editorial board of the following journals:

  • The Developing Economies, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO and Blackwell-Wiley publishers.
  • Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Blackwell-Wiley publishers.
  • Journal of Social and Economic Development, Springer Publications
  • The Journal of Applied Economic Research, Sage Publications.
  • Review of Development and Change, Sage Publications.
  • Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Emerald Publishing.
  • Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Taylor & Francis.

Research interests

  • Modelling and Analysis of Sources of Growth.
  • Regional economic groupings and International Trade.
  • Macroeconometric modeling and Policy Analysis.
  • Low-carbon energy systems in Asia.