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Alan Woodland - Australian School of Business  



Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Scientia Professor


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Alan Woodland is currently Scientia Professor of Economics and ARC Australian Professorial Fellow in the School of Economics within the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. He was previously Professor of Econometrics at the University of Sydney and Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New England in Australia.


Woodland's primary research interests and publications are in the areas of international trade theory, applied econometrics and population ageing. His interests and contributions also encompass public economics, labour economics and environmental economics. Some specific research topics have included; Pareto-improvements in welfare through a range of policy changes, such as international income transfers, tariffs, taxes and trade quotas under the different redistribution mechanisms; endogenous formation of preferential trade agreements; pensions and retirement behaviour, labour supply and time allocation; and risk preference and illegal immigration.


Alan has published in leading journals including Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Econometrics and Journal of International Economics and is author of International Trade and Resource Allocation, Advanced textbooks in Economics Vol.19, North-Holland Publishing Company, 1982.


He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia and the recipient of the Distinguished Economist Award of the Economics Society of Australia. He was previously a member of the Council of the Econometric Society, Chair of the Econometric Society Australasian Standing Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economics Association.


He is an Associate Editor of the Review of International Economics, a past editor of the Economic Record, and is currently on the editorial boards of Empirical Economics, International Journal of Economic Theory and the Economic Record. Woodland has been a Reserve Bank of Australia Fellow in Economic Policy and a Senior Fulbright Fellow. He is also on the scientific boards of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), Asia Pacific Trade Seminars (APTS), Australasian Trade Workshop (ATW) and the Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade (DEGIT) Research Centre. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), located at UNSW.




  • 'International Trade and Resource Allocation, Advanced Textbooks in Economics Vol. 19, Amsterdam, North-Holland Publishing Company, 1982
  • 'Economic Theory and International Trade: Essays in Honour of Murray C. Kemp, A.D. Woodland (Editor), Edward Elgar Publishing Company, Cheltenham, UK, 2002
  • 'The Economics of Illegal Immigration, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2005 (with Chisato Yoshida)


Selected past journal publications


  • 'Optimal foreign aid and tariffs', Journal of Development Economics, 67, 2002, 79-99 (with S Lahiri, P Raimondos-Møller and K-y Wong)
  • 'Multilateral policy reforms and quantity restrictions on trade', Journal of International Economics, 52-1, 2000, 153-168 (with A.H. Turunen-Red)
  • 'Strict Pareto improving multilateral reforms of tariffs', Econometrica, 59-4, July 1991, 1127-1152. (with A.H. Turunen-Red)
  • 'Productivity- and Pareto-improving changes in taxes and tariffs', Review of Economic Studies, 56, 1989, 199-216. (with W.E. Diewert and A.H. Turunen-Red)
  • 'Estimation of consumer demand systems with binding nonnegativity constraints', Journal of Econometrics, 21, 1983, 263-285. (with T.J. Wales)
  • 'Sample selectivity and the estimation of labour supply functions', International Economic Review, 21:2, June 1980, 437-468. (with T.J. Wales)
  • 'Equivalence of price and quantity formulations of spatial equilibrium: purified duality in quadratic and concave programming', Econometrica, 38:6, November 1970, 889-906. (with T. Takayama)
  • 'Labour supply and progressive taxes', Review of Economic Studies, 46:1, January 1979, 83-95. (with T.J. Wales)
  • 'Estimation of the allocation of time for work, leisure and housework', Econometrica, 45:1, January 1977, 115-132. Reprinted in Tisdell, Clem (ed.), The Economics of Leisure, published in the series on The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics edited by Mark Blaug, 2007. (with T.J. Wales)
  • 'Frank Knight's theorem in linear programming revisited', Econometrica, 45:2, March 1977, 375-398. (with W.E. Diewert)
  • 'Estimation of the allocation of time for work, leisure and housework', Econometrica, 45:1, January 1977, 115-132. (with T.J. Wales)


Recent publications


  • 'Non-preferential trading clubs', Journal of International Economics, 68, 2006, 79-81 (with Pascalis Raimondos-Møller).
    'Risk preference, immigration policy and illegal immigration', Journal of Development Economics, 81, 2006, 500-513 (with Chisato Yoshida)
  • 'Measuring tax efficiency: a tax optimality index', Journal of Public Economics, 90, 2006, 1903-1922 (with Pascalis Raimondos-Møller)
  • 'The short and long run effects of tied foreign aid on pollution abatement, pollution and employment: a pilot model', Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 55:3, May 2008, 310-325 (with A.G. Schweinberger)
  • 'Tradable and non-tradable commodities', The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
  • 'Online version: 'Tradable and non-tradable commodities', The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 28 April 2009
  • 'Trade policy and illegal immigration', chapter in International Trade and Economic Dynamics: Essays in Memory of Koji Shimomura, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 95-103, edited by Takashi Kamihigashi and Laixun Zhao, accepted December 2007, 2008 and published 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-78675-7 (with C. Yoshida)
  • 'The volatility of Australian traded goods' prices', Applied Economics, January 2009, 1-21 (with Kishti Sen).
  • 'Delegation authority in core customs unions', Review of International Economics, 17(2), 292-303, 2009 (with Mark Melatos)
  • 'The effects of foreign price uncertainty on Australian production and trade', Economic Record, 86, 162-177, 2010 (with Elie Appelbaum)


Forthcoming publications


  • 'The factor price frontier', chapter 35 in Blaug, Mark and P.J. Lloyd, eds, Famous Figures and Diagrams in Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Company, accepted 20 January, 2009, forthcoming October 2010. ISBN: 978 1 84844 160
  • 'General equilibrium trade theory', Ch.3 in the Palgrave Handbook of International Trade, edited by Daniel Bernhofen, Rod Falvey, David Greenaway and Udo Kreickemeier (GEP, University of Nottingham), forthcoming
  • 'An intertemporal general equilibrium analysis of the Australian age pension means test', Journal of Macroeconomics, forthcoming 2010 (accepted 16 September 2010) (with George Kudrna)
  • 'Implications of the 2009 age pension reform in Australia: A dynamic general equilibrium analysis', Economic Record, forthcoming (accepted 13 October 2010) (with George Kudrna)

Research interests

  • International trade
  • Applied econometrics
  • Population ageing

Research grants

  • 2007-2010: Australian Research Council, Linkage Project Grant, An Integrated Approach to the Timing of Retirement: Life Cycle, Labour Force Heterogeneity, Financial Status and Public Support, LP0774950 (University of New South Wales) 2007: $170,000 2008: $174,455 2009: $191,290 2010: $105,554 including 2 APA(I) Awards, Industry Partner: Commonwealth Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs  (with Dr GF Barrett, Prof RG Gregory and Prof JR Piggott)
  • 2007-2011: Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council (ARC and NHMRC) Strategic Awards Initiatives - the Ageing Well, Ageing Productively Research Program, 'Working longer: Policy reforms and practice innovation', $2million (with JR Piggott, P Bohle, P McDonald and C Choi)
  • 2008-2011: Australian Research Council, Discovery Project Grant, International Trade Policy Evaluation, Economic Growth and Demographics, 2008: $172,205 2009: $167,348 2010: $173,935 2011: $179,285 2012: $155,285
  • 2008-2012: Australian Professorial Fellowship (APF) - Prof AD Woodland
  • 2009: International Research Collaboration Scheme, UNSW, $31,400
  • 2011-2017: Australian Research Council, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), $12.7 million. (with JR Piggott as Director, KJ Anstey, RG Cumming, MP Keane, HL Kendig, PF McDonald, and M Sherris)

 Courses taught

  • ECON3209 Statistics for Econometrics
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