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.

The G20 in a Zero-Sum World
Commentary
The G20 in a Zero-Sum World
Originally published in Columbia Journal of International Affairs on 28 November 2018.  Roland Rajah
Will geopolitics trump trade?
Will geopolitics trump trade?
Ships and chips and an adversarial strategy exacerbate the likelihood of a Sino-American trade war.
Sliding rupiah causes Jakarta jitters
Sliding rupiah causes Jakarta jitters
Is Indonesia really at risk of “contagion”?
Commentary
Australia should be encouraging Indonesian growth
Originally published in Australian Financial Review Roland Rajah
Commentary
Indonesia is right to put stability before economic growth
Originally published in Nikkei Asian Review Roland Rajah
Indonesia's economy: Between growth and stability
Analyses
Indonesia's economy: Between growth and stability
Indonesia has much economic potential but the trade-off between growth and stability continues to bind its growth ambitions.
An emerging Indo-Pacific infrastructure strategy
An emerging Indo-Pacific infrastructure strategy
The outlines of a potentially promising four-pronged approach to the region’s infrastructure needs can be discerned.
Tit-for-tat-for-tit-for-tat
Tit-for-tat-for-tit-for-tat
In his trade war, Donald Trump’s maximum pressure tactics look likely to prove highly counterproductive.
All’s not fair in US–China trade stoush
All’s not fair in US–China trade stoush
Mixed objectives and a focus on so-called fairness are creating unhelpful confusion.
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