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Where are our Economics Graduates now?

"Our experience at the Productivity Commission is that an economics degree is a strong launching pad for an interesting and fulfilling career. Young graduates develop skills that hold them in good stead wherever they choose to work – in the public or private sectors, in Australia or overseas. Well-trained young economists have the world at their feet!"

Gary Banks
Chairman of the Productivity Commission

Martin Parkinson
Secretary to the Treasury, member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management, member of the Board of Taxation, Infrastructure Australia, Council of Financial Regulators and the Centre for International Finance and Regulation
Head of Secretariat to the PM’s Task Group on Emissions Trading
Executive Director (Deputy Secretary) in the Australian Treasury, with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues.
Particpated in the reform of the international financial architecture whilst at the International Monetary Fund.
Senior Adviser to Treasurer Dawkins (early 1990s); he also worked for Treasurers Kerin and Willis.

David Bassanese
Economics commentator/writer for the Australian Financial Review
3 years in the Commonwealth Treasury
3 years at the OECD in the early 1990’s
2 years in the USA for Graduate studies
7 years at BT and Macquarie Bank
Part founder of Café OZ, Paris’s first Australian theme bar

Penelope Howarth
With the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra
United Nations World Food Programme in Africa for 9 years, providing humanitarian assistance.
Headed World Vision's Government Relations Unit, working with indigenous communities in Australia
Various Government roles in SA Treasury, the Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and AusAID

Guy Debelle
Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) at the Reserve Bank of Australia. This role oversees the Bank’s operations in both domestic and international financial markets and is responsible for policy advice to the Governors and the Board on all matters relating to financial markets.
Worked for the Treasury and the International Monetary Fund

Bob Edgar
Now retired, until 2009 he was ANZ Bank's Senior Managing Director, responsible for leading the Group's strategic growth and cost agenda. He also held responsibility for ANZ's Asian partnerships, and investment in ING Australia and Private Banking.

Vanessa Tamms
Business strategist & policy advisor at the BBC
Similar role at Virgin Atlantic Airways

Nicholas Howarth
Researching an MPhil at the University of Oxford, UK, in the Environmental Change Institute
A post graduate researcher with the European Investment Bank
Director of Economic Policy with the National Farmers Federation