Associate Professor Chung Tran


Research School of Economics

Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 55638
Room 2086, LF Crisp Bld (26)
Research areas

Macroeconomics; Public finance; Taxation; Fiscal policy; Development economics.


Chung Tran is an Associate Professor of Economics, a current member of the Australian Treasury’s expert panel on economic modelling, and an Associate Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.  Chung’s research explores the conditions under which fiscal interventions including social security, health insurance, progressive taxes, fiscal stimulus and austerity, sovereign debt and fiscal devaluation improve efficiency and welfare. His work has advanced our understanding of social pensions in developing economies, healthcare financing in advanced economies like the US and the optimal design of a tax and transfer system in small, open economies like Australia. Chung’s research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Bank of Japan.

His work has also been published in top-ranked economics journals including Review of Economic DynamicsJournal of Economic Dynamics and ControlEuropean Economic Review and Journal of Development Economics.

Research publications

Kudrna, G, Tran, C & Woodland, A 2019, 'Facing Demographic Challenges: Pension Cuts or Tax Hikes', Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 23(2), pp. 625-673.

Glomm, G, Jung, J & Tran, C 2018, 'Fiscal Austerity Measures: Spending Cuts vs. Tax Increases', Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 22(2), pp. 501-540.

Kudrna, G & Tran, C 2018, 'Comparing Budget Repair Measures for a Small Open Economy with Growing Debt', Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 55, pp. 162-183. 

Tran, C 2018, 'Temptation and Taxation with Elastic Labor', Economic Modelling, Vol. 70(C), pp. 351-369.

Jung, J, Tran, C & Chambers, M 2017, 'Aging and Health Financing in the U.S.: A General Equilibrium Analysis', European Economic Review, Vol. 100, pp. 428-462. 

Jung, J & Tran, C 2016, 'Market Inefficiency, Insurance Mandate and Welfare: US Health Care Reform 2010', Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 20, pp. 132-159.

Tran, C 2016, 'Fiscal Policy as a Temptation Control Device: Savings Subsidy and Social Security', Economic Modelling, Vol. 55, pp. 254-268.

Kudrna, G, Tran, C & Woodland, A 2015, 'The Dynamic Fiscal Effects of Demographic Shift: The Case of Australia', Economic Modelling, Vol. 50, pp. 105-122.

Jung, J & Tran, C 2014, 'Medical Consumption over the Life-cycle: Facts from a U.S. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey', Empirical Economics, Vol. 47(3), pp. 927-957.

Tran, C & Woodland, A 2014, 'Trade-offs in Means Tested Pension Design', Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 47, pp. 72-93.

Jung, J. & Tran, C., 2012, 'The Extension of Social Security Coverage in Developing Countries', Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 99(2), pp. 439-458.

Kumru, C & Tran, C 2012, 'Temptation and Social Security in a Dynastic Framework', European Economic Review, Vol. 56(7), pp. 1422-1445.

Glomm, G, Jung, J, Lee & Tran, C 2010, 'Public Sector Pension Policies and Capital Accumulation in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Brazil', The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 10(1), pp. 1-38.

Glomm, G, Jung, J & Tran, C 2009, 'Macroeconomic Implications of Early Retirement in the Public Sector: The Case of Brazil', Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 33, pp. 777-797.

Research grants and awards


ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, ARC Early Career Fellowship & Research Grants, 2012-2024

Bank of Japan, Visiting Scholar Fellowship, 2015

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S.A., Research Grant, 2012-2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S.A., Research Grant (R03), 2010-2011


ECON2102 - Macroeconomics 2

ECON8022 - Macroeconomic Theory     

ECON8001 - Topics in Macroeconomics