Peter Drysdale

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Emeritus Professor
Peter Drysdale
Prof. Peter Drysdale.jpg
Born (1938-10-24) 24 October 1938 (age 78)
Grafton, New South Wales
Alma mater University of New England BA(hons)
The Australian National University (Ph.D)
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia (2016)
Centenary Medal (2003)
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (2001)
Dunlop Asia medal (1995)
Member of the Order of Australia (1985)
Scientific career
Fields International trade & economic policy
Japanese economy & economic policy
Chinese trade & economic reform
East Asian economy

Peter David Drysdale AO (born 24 October 1938, in Grafton, New South Wales) is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Visiting Fellow in the Crawford School of Economics and Government in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.[1] Until 2002, he was Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre (AJRC).[2]

Drysdale is currently Head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER).[3] He is also co-editor of the East Asia Forum, which is consistently cited in Reuters, The Telegraph, The Australian, PBS and Global Times among others.

His main areas of interest are international trade and economic policy and diplomacy; the East Asian economy; Australia's economic relations with Asia and the Pacific and direct investment. His expertise encompasses work on the Japanese economy and economic policy as well as Chinese trade and transformation.[4] His academic focus includes developments in Asia Pacific economic integration, and relations between East Asia, Europe, India and APEC.

He is the author of many books and papers and his work has had considerable policy influence in Australia, East Asia and the Pacific. His path-breaking study, The Economics of International Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific, laid the intellectual foundations for the establishment of APEC.


Education and career highlights[edit]

Drysdale was born in Grafton, New South Wales and graduated from Armidale High School in 1955. He attended the University of New England where he completed a BA (hons) majoring in economics and taught for two years. He was brought by Sir John Crawford to the Australian National University where he received his PhD in 1967 under the supervision of Max Cordon.[2] In 1978, he went to Yale as Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.

Other career highlights include: Chairman, Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee (AUSPECC) (1984–87); Adjunct Professor, Columbia University (1990–92); Distinguished Associate, Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University (1974–present); Member, International Advisory Board, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University (1995–present); Visiting Professor at Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo Universities in Japan; Honorary Professor of Renmin University (1998),[4] Honorary Doctor of Letters from The Australian National University (2010).

He has been PhD supervisor to more than 70 students at ANU, including Ross Garnaut.


Professor Drysdale is a member of the Order of Australia (1985).[2]

In 1995, Drysdale received the Weary Dunlop medal for contributions to Australia’s relations with Asia.[2]

In 1998, he was elected a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA).[5]

Drysdale's role as a pioneer of Japanese economic studies in the West and his work as the Foundation Director of the AJRC was recognized by the Japanese government in 2001 when he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, which represents the third highest of eight classes associated with this award. Drysdale is only the second Australian to be honoured in this way,[6] the other being Sir John Charles Hoad (1856–1911).[7]

Drysdale was again honoured by Australia in 2003 when he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his work on the East Asian and Pacific economies.[8]

In 2010, The Australian National University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Drysdale.

Selected work[edit]

Drysdale's published work on the Asia Pacific economy, international economic relations, foreign investment, Japanese economy and economic policy include:

  • East Asian Trade and Financial Integration: New Issues (Ed. with Kenichi Ishgaki, 2002)
  • Japan and China: Rivalry or Co-operation in East Asia? (with Dong Dong Zhang, 2000)
  • China's Entry to the WTO: Strategic Issues and Quantitative Assessments (Ed. with Ligang Song, 2000)
  • Reform and Recovery in East Asia (Ed., 2000)
  • Asia Pacific Regionalism: Readings in International Economic Relations (Ed. with Ross Garnaut, 1994)
  • The Economics of International Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific (1988)


  1. ^ ANU, Crawford School of Economics and Government: staff bio note.
  2. ^ a b c d Dysdale, Peter. 4th I-House Academy: "Japan and China: Toward Asia- Pacific Cooperation," International House of Japan. 22 May 2007.
  3. ^ Drysdale, Peter. "Renewing or Reinventing the Pacific Partnership?" East-West Dialogue (East-West Center), Issue 1 (2008).
  4. ^ a b ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies: staff bio note.
  5. ^ Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia: fellow bio note.
  6. ^ Daly, Sean. "Rare Japanese honour for Director of AJRC," ANU Reporter. Vol. 32, No. 9 (8 June 2001), p. 4.
  7. ^ Perry, Warren. (1983). "Hoad, Sir John Charles (1856 - 1911)," Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9.
  8. ^ Australia-Japan Research Centre Annual Report, 2003: staff bio note, p. 9.


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