Selwyn Cornish


Research School of Economics

Adjunct Associate Professor
Phone number
+61 2 612 53390
Room 2066, LF Crisp Bld (26)
Research areas

History of economic policy, history of Australian monetary and banking policy, history of the Reserve Bank of Australia, history of economics in Australia


Selwyn Cornish graduated in economics with first class honours from the University of Western Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics and the Head of Toad Hall at ANU. His major research fields embrace the development and application of macroeconomics in the 20th century, and biographical studies of economists. He has written on Keynes and Australia, and wrote the entry on Keynes for the Biographical Dictionary of British Economists (2004). His publications include Full Employment in Australia: the Genesis of a White Paper (1981); Roland Wilson: A Biographical Essay (2002); Giblin’s Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life with William Coleman and Alf Hagger (2006); Ardnt’s Story (2007) and the entry on ‘Australasian Economics’ in the Revised New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (2008). He is an Associate Editor of the forthcomingBiographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists, and is writing the History of the Reserve Bank of Australia 1975–2000. In 2004 he was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia for services to secondary education in the ACT.