Roland Rajah

Lead Economist and Director, International Economics Program
Areas of expertise

International economic policy; Asia Pacific economies; macroeconomics; economic development; aid and development finance; globalisation; geo-economics.  

Roland Rajah
Biography
Publications
News and media

Roland Rajah is Lead Economist and Director of the International Economics Program at the Lowy Institute. A development economist by background, his work focuses on international economic policy, particularly in the Asia Pacific, including matters of macroeconomics, economic development, aid and development finance, debt sustainability, globalisation, and geo-economics, among others.  

Roland was previously an economist with the Asian Development Bank where he worked on macro-fiscal policy, economic growth, and infrastructure development in the Pacific. Earlier he was based in Indonesia with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade managing its flagship economic reform advisory program to the Indonesian government. Roland has also served in the Economics Advisory Group of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) and the International Department of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He also currently serves as an international member on the board of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. 

He holds a master’s degree in economics from the Australian National University, where he was awarded the Helen Hughes prize in international and development economics.

Five reasons Australia should establish a Development Finance Institution
Five reasons Australia should establish a Development Finance Institution
A DFI would expand Canberra’s development toolkit and re-establish the country as a serious financing partner in Asia.
Does Southeast Asia need a new development model?
Interactives
Does Southeast Asia need a new development model?
A Lowy Institute debate, with contributions from leading Southeast Asian experts.
Is the East Asian growth and development superhighway closing? So what?
Commentary
Is the East Asian growth and development superhighway closing? So what?
Published by the Development Intelligence Lab ↗
India’s economy after Covid
India’s economy after Covid
Digitalisation is helping the top and the bottom, but jobs are a big concern.
Commentary
Worries about China's economic power are overdone
Core realities suggest that it will never establish a meaningful lead over the West. Originally published in Nikkei Asia.
Revising down the rise of China
Analyses
Revising down the rise of China
Despite being on track to become the world’s largest economy, China will struggle to avoid a future of significantly slower long-term growth.
Sanctions bite – but how dangerously?
Sanctions bite – but how dangerously?
As long as Russian energy revenues continue to flow, Moscow will retain a critical financial lifeline.
Towards a Better Vaccine Diplomacy
Commentary
Towards a Better Vaccine Diplomacy
If vaccine diplomacy is the new great game, it is being played wrong by all sides, with the risk that no one will be left a winner. Originally published in The Diplomat.
COP26 and beyond: fault lines in global climate policy
Podcasts
COP26 and beyond: fault lines in global climate policy
In this episode, Lowy Institute lead economist Roland Rajah is joined by Dr Vijaya Ramachandran and Dr Sam Geall to discuss the outcomes from the COP26 Glasgow Climate Change…
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