Ian Harper is an Australian economist best known for his work in public policy. He has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms.
In May 2016 Ian was appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and became a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Access Economics, having previously been a partner with the firm.
Prior to his consulting career, Ian spent 20 years at the University of Melbourne, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. He was elected Emeritus Professor of the University on his departure in 2008.
From March 2014 to March 2015, Ian chaired the Australian Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators.
Ian is married to Roslyn and they have two adult sons and four grandchildren.
Description: For some people, the description “Christian economist” is an oxymoron. Believers often wonder how someone could possibly reconcile a Christian worldview with the apparently materialistic preoccupations of economics. Non-believers, on the other hand, can’t imagine what Christianity could possibly contribute to an understanding of economics, the so-called “worldly philosophy”. In this talk I will try to address both concerns by explaining how, as a confessing Christian, I think about my profession. I will also explore the rich conversation that has taken place and still takes place between Christian theology and economics.