Chung Tran


Research School of Economics

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

Macroeconomics; Public Economics; Development Economics.



Personal website

Chung Tran is an Associate Professor of Economics, a member of Australian Treasury's Economic Advisory Panel, and an Associate Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Chung’s research interests are in the field of macroeconomics, public economics and development economics. His research has been funded by prestigious grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ). His research has been published in leading academic journals including Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economic DynamicsJournal of Economic Dynamics and ControlEuropean Economic Review and Journal of Development Economics.

Research publications

Selected publications

  • 'Health Risk, Insurance and Optional Progressive Income Taxation'Journal of the European Economic Association, 2023 (with Jung, J.)
  • 'Social Health Insurance: Quantitative Exploration'Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2022 (with Jung, J.)
  • 'Sustainable and Equitable Pension with Means-Testing in Aging Economies', European Economic Review, 2022 (with Kudrna, G. & Woodland, A.) 
  • 'Facing Demographic Challenges: Pension Cuts or Tax Hikes', Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2019 (with Kudrna, G., & Woodland, A.)
  • 'Fiscal Austerity Measures: Spending Cuts vs. Tax Increases', Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2018 (with Glomm, G., & Jung, J.)
  • 'Aging and Health Financing in the U.S.: A General Equilibrium Analysis', European Economic Review, 2017 (with Jung, J. & Chambers, M.)
  • 'Market Inefficiency, Insurance Mandate and Welfare: US Health Care Reform 2010', Review of Economic Dynamics, 2016 (with Jung, J.)
  • 'Trade-offs in Means Tested Pension Design', Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2014 (with Woodland, A.)
  • 'The Extension of Social Security Coverage in Developing Countries', Journal of Development Economics, 2012 (with Jung, J.) 
  • 'Temptation and Social Security in a Dynastic Framework', European Economic Review, 2012 (with Kumru, C.)
  • 'Macroeconomic Implications of Early Retirement in the Public Sector: The Case of Brazil', Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2009 (with Glomm, G. & Jung, J)

Research grants and awards

  • ARC, Discovery Project, 2021-2024 (AUD 219,000)
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), 2012-2024 (AUD 70,000+) 
  • Bank of Japan, Visiting Scholar Fellowship, 2015 (JPY 2,500,000)
  • ARC Early Career Fellowship, 2012-2014 (AUD 170,000)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S.A., Research Grant, 2012-2013 (USD 134,000)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S.A., Research Grant (R03), 2010-2011 (USD 66,787)

Research engagement and outreach

  • Australian Treasury's MEG Economic Advisory Panel
  • Australian Treasury's Expert Panel on Economic Modelling
  • External Adviser & Consultant: Australian Treasury and Deloitte Access Economics
  • Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)
  • Fellow, Tax Transfers Policy Institute (TTPI),
  • Research Associate, Center for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
  • Visiting Professor: Keio University, Towson University and Bank of Japan


ANU courses

  • ECON2102-Macroeconomics 2
  • ECON8022-Macroeconomic Theory     
  • ECON8001-Topics in Macroeconomics



1. PhD Students

  • Fajar Oktiyanto (2021- )
  • Darapheak Tin (2019- )
  • Nabeeh Zakariyya (2021)
  • Sebastian Wende (2020)
  • Michinao Okachi (2018)
  • Christopher Perks (2017)
  • Quingsong Song (2021- )
  • Sam Ng (2023)
  • Minh-Ngoc Nguyen (2021)
  • Owen Freestone (2019)
  • Qingyin Ma (2018)
  • Arm Nakonthab (2018)
  • Jamie Cross (2017)
  • Aubrey Poon (2017)
  • Tomohito Okabe (2015)
  • Patrick Carvalho (2014)

2. Honours Students:

  • Duong Dang (2018)
  • James Stevens (2017)
  • Zelin Chen ( 2015)
  • Christine Ma (2014)
  • Trina Chuang (2012)

3. Master and Case Study Students:

  • Dana Lawson (2017), Alex Beamer (2017), Napoleon Dewan (2015), Anpeng Li (2014), Yahdullah Haidari (2014) and Trina Chuang (2013)