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

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 Episode 2: virus is declared a pandemic
Podcasts
COVIDcast Episode 2: virus is declared a pandemic
COVIDcast is a Lowy Institute pop-up podcast for anyone interested in understanding the effect of coronavirus on global politics. Each week for the next few weeks, Lowy Institute…
Covid-19: Nearing a global pandemic?
Covid-19: Nearing a global pandemic?
As cases appear in more and more countries, officials struggle to prevent infections – and to manage public fears.
How China is changing the global balance of economic power
Interactives
How China is changing the global balance of economic power
China has displaced the United States from its traditional dominance as a major trading partner for most countries of the world.
Coronavirus: One step forward, one step back for the global economy
Coronavirus: One step forward, one step back for the global economy
Beyond the human toll, fears will stop people heading to shops, eating out, travelling, and cause other consumer costs.
Chart of the week: Global trade through a US-China lens
Chart of the week: Global trade through a US-China lens
Two thirds of the world trade more goods with China than with the US.
Commentary
2020 Will Be a Watershed Year for the Global Economy
Originally published in the Council of Councils' Global Outlook 2020: The Economy.Roland Rajah
Jokowi’s curious plan for Indonesia’s capital
Jokowi’s curious plan for Indonesia’s capital
The Indonesian president’s scheme to move the capital won’t fix Jakarta – or the government.
Commentary
Debt-trap diplomacy not happening yet, but cause for concern
Originally published in The Australian.Roland Rajah
China, the Pacific, and the “debt trap” question
China, the Pacific, and the “debt trap” question
Charges of saddling Pacific countries in debt may be overstated, but China’s lending practices still pose risks.
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