Augustus Panton

PhD Scholar
Crawford School of Public Policy

Augustus is a Ph.D. candidate in economics in the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at the Crawford School of Public Policy where his research focuses on the design of optimal monetary policy towards macroeconomic stabilization in an environment characterized by climatic disruptions and heightened financial stability risks. He is an Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason University in the United States and a Research Student Affiliate with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Prior to joining ANU, Augustus worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Liberia. Before then, he worked with the Liberian Ministry of Commerce & Industry as an Economist and as Head of the Trade Facilitation Division at the Liberian Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. He has provided consulting services for several international organizations, including the World Trade Organization, the International Trade Centre and the Brookings Institution. Augustus is a multi-award-winning academic. He was awarded ANU’s highest honor for teaching excellence, the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education in May 2019, having previously won the 2018 Excellence in Teaching (Tutoring Category) Award by the ANU College of Business and Economics and also in the Research School of Economics. He served as Ph.D. Student Representative on the Crawford School’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) Committee in 2018. Augustus is an Associate Lecturer of Economics at the ANU Research School of Economics. His research is widely cited by leading policy institutions, including the Reserve Bank of Australia (i),(ii), the U.S. Federal Reserve (iii), the Brookings Institution (iv), the European Central Bank (v) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) (v)

Research interests

  • International Economics And International Finance
  • Macroeconomics (Incl. Monetary And Fiscal Theory)
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Financial Economics
  • Economic Theory Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Monetary Policy
  • Macroeconomic Stabilization Policy
  • Macroeconomic Modelling
  • Macro-econometrics
  • Climate Policy

Recent Work:

McKibbin, W. & Panton, A. (2018). 25 Years of Inflation Targeting in Australia: Are there Better Alternatives for the next 25 Years?

McKibbin, W., Morris, A., Panton, A & Wilcoxen, P. (2017).Monetary Policy and Climate Change: Dealing with Disruption Brookings Energy Economics Project Discussion Paper

Selected Research Mentions/Citations in the News

April 2019 Bloomberg‘Central Banks are Thinking Greener as Climate Change Hits Policy’

March 2019 Reserve Bank of Australia‘Climate Change and the Economy’

Jan 2019 Financial Times‘Central Bankers Plan for Disruption Caused by Climate Change’

Nov 2018 The European Central Bank‘Climate Change and Central Banking’

July 2018 Wall Street Journal‘Inflation Targeting in Australia: Are There Better Alternatives for the Next 25 Years?’

Associate Lecturer (ANU Research School of Economics)

2020 Semester I: ECON8069 Business Economics

2019 Semester II: ECON8026 Adv. Macroeconomic Analysis

2019 Semester I: ECON7074 Macroeconomic Analysis

2018 Semester II: ECON3102 Macroeconomics 3

2018 Semester I: ECON2101 Microeconomics 2ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

2017 Semester II: ECON8037 Financial EconomicsECON1102 Macroeconomics 1