Prof John Freebairn

John Freebairn holds the Ritchie Chair in economics at the University of Melbourne.
He has degrees from the University of New England and the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Melbourne in 1996 his preceding career includes university appointments at the ANU, LaTrobe and Monash, and periods with the NSW Department of Agriculture and at the Business Council of Australia.
John is an applied microeconomist and economic policy analyst with current interests in taxation reform and environmental economics.

When big infrastructure projects are scrutinised, prioritised and chosen on merit, future generations won't curse us for the cost, argues John Freebairn. Image: Dandenong Road tram track construction.