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Warwick McKibbin (born 21 April 1957 in Sydney) is an Australian Professor of Economics at the Australian National University who works across a wide range of areas in applied policy. He has published more than 200 scholarly articles and several books and is internationally known for his contribution to global economic modeling.
He initially studied at the University of New South Wales where he received a bachelor's degree with First Class Honors in both Economics and Econometrics and was awarded the University Medal in 1980. McKibbin then studied under Jeffrey Sachs at Harvard University and was awarded a PhD in Economics in 1986.
He was founding Director of the ANU Research School of Economics until stepping down in mid-2012. He moved to the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU in August 2012. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health. He formed the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in 2003 and was the inaugural Director of CAMA.
He is also the Professorial Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and a non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he co-directs the Climate Change program.
McKibbin is President of McKibbin Software Group Inc.
He was a former member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia after being appointed by the Howard Government in July 2001 until the end of his term at the end of July 2011. McKibbin was also a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council under the Howard Government (2005–2007).
He was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences at the age of 40 and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal For service to Australian society through economic policy and tertiary education.
The McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint also known as the McKibbin Wilcoxen Hybrid. Professor Warwick McKibbin (Australian National University) and Professor Peter Wilcoxen (Syracuse University) outline various approaches to climate change policy. They argue that the issue of taking action against climate change should be separated from the issue of whether Australia should ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Once the Kyoto Protocol is set aside it is clear that there are better options available. One such approach is the McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint which is outlined in this article.
They argue that Kyoto Protocol based Carbon trading systems are too inflexible/brittle to attract developing countries (particularly China & India). A better system would need to be flexible enough to refine outcomes over time (as new data become available).
- McKibbin W.J. and J. Sachs (1991) Global Linkages: Macroeconomic Interdependence and Co-operation in the World Economy, Brookings Institution, June, 277 pages (ISBN 0-8157-5600-3)
- McKibbin W. and P. Wilcoxen (1999) “The Theoretical and Empirical Structure of the G-Cubed Model” Economic Modelling , 16, 1, pp 123-148 (ISSN 0264-9993)
- Henderson D.W. and W. McKibbin (1993) “A Comparison of Some Basic Monetary Policy Regimes for Open Economies: Implications of Different Degrees of Instrument Adjustment and Wage Persistence”Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 39, pp 221-318.
- Taylor, John B. (1993) "Discretion versus Policy Rules in Practice," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 39, pp.
- McKibbin W.J and P.J. Wilcoxen (2002) Climate Change Policy after Kyoto: A Blueprint for a Realistic Approach, Brookings Institution, December, 133 pages (ISBN 0-8157-0608-1)
- Warwick McKibbin's Home Page
- McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint article on http://www.lowyinstitute.org/
- Video: Warwick McKibbin interview on the economics of climate change mitigation with Age environment reporter Adam Morton