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
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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.

COVIDcast: Adam Tooze on a world economy in flux
Podcasts
COVIDcast: Adam Tooze on a world economy in flux
Roland Rajah, Lowy Institute lead economist, sits down with Adam Tooze, Professor of History at Columbia University and the Director of its European Institute, to discuss how the…
Aiding the Pacific during Covid – a stock-take and further steps
Aiding the Pacific during Covid – a stock-take and further steps
Money is flowing, but the proportion of support is well below amounts advanced economies are deploying for themselves.
​​​​​​​COVIDcast Episode 12: Pandemic, emerging markets, and US dollar
​​​​​​​COVIDcast Episode 12: Pandemic, emerging markets, and US dollar
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region and the world.
COVIDcast: Emerging markets, the pandemic, and the role of the US dollar
Podcasts
COVIDcast: Emerging markets, the pandemic, and the role of the US dollar
Roland Rajah, Director of the International Economy Program, sits down with Brad Setser, Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the…
Reports
Mobilizing the Indo-Pacific infrastructure response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia
A policy brief by Roland Rajah, Director of the International Economy Program at the Lowy Institute, published by The Brookings Institution.
COVIDcast Episode 9: Covid‑19 and the oil price collapse
COVIDcast Episode 9: Covid‑19 and the oil price collapse
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region, and the world.
COVIDcast Episode 9: COVID-19 and the oil price collapse
Podcasts
COVIDcast Episode 9: COVID-19 and the oil price collapse
In COVIDcast Episode 9, Roland Rajah, Director, International Economy Program, sits down with Rachel Ziemba, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and…
Helping Indonesia to help ourselves
Commentary
Helping Indonesia to help ourselves
Originally published in the Australian Financial Review.
COVIDcast Episode 7: The cost to the international economy
COVIDcast Episode 7: The cost to the international economy
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region, and the world.
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