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.

Ocean of debt? Belt and Road and debt diplomacy in the Pacific
Analyses
Ocean of debt? Belt and Road and debt diplomacy in the Pacific
China has not been engaged in debt trap diplomacy — at least not yet
Commentary
Trumpian currency intervention is a bigger risk than China weaponising the yuan
Originally published in The Australian. Roland Rajah
China-US currency clash: Who’s manipulating who?
China-US currency clash: Who’s manipulating who?
Trumpian currency intervention is a bigger risk than China weaponising the renminbi.
Trump’s Mexico tariffs an ominous sign for global economy
Trump’s Mexico tariffs an ominous sign for global economy
There is no appeasing a playground bully so why should countries bother to negotiate with the unreliable “Tariff Man”?
Commentary
Jokowi - business as usual will not be enough
Originally published in Nikkei Asian Review Roland Rajah , Ben Bland
Commentary
Why US-China talks should focus on technology as the greater threat, instead of trade
Originally published in South China Morning Post. Roland Rajah
An orthodox economic take on climate change shocks
An orthodox economic take on climate change shocks
Climate change has a significant bearing on macroeconomic outcomes such as growth and inflation.
East Asia’s decoupling
Research Notes
East Asia’s decoupling
East Asia is no longer reliant on US or Western markets to fuel its growth, giving it more room to manage amid global trade tensions.
Stepping up on Pacific infrastructure
Stepping up on Pacific infrastructure
The advantage of concessional loans is grant funding by Australia can be leveraged into a much larger amount.
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