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Dr George Kudrna

PhD Economics (2009), University of Sydney; MA Economics (2001), TUL Czech Republic

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney; Senior Research Fellow, Ageing Asia Research Hub, UNSW Sydney

George Kudrna is a CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, located in the UNSW Business School. He completed his undergraduate studies in economics and insurance studies in the Czech Republic, and received a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney in 2009.

His research encompasses the areas of public economics, macroeconomics, population ageing and computational economics. He develops and applies rigorous macroeconomic models to investigate the economic impacts of demographic change and retirement income policy reforms – with the ultimate aim of informing and influencing major policy decisions in this area. His research on pension and ageing related topics has been published in both national and international economics journals, with recent publications, for example, in the European Economic Review, Macroeconomic Dynamics and Economic Record. He has also co-authored several government reports on pension and tax related issues, including commissioned reports for the Australian Treasury, for the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) and U.S. Social Security Administration, and for the Norwegian Fafo Research Foundation and Frisch Centre. 

George currently leads an ARC linkage grant “Policy Modelling for Ageing in Emerging Economies: The Case of Indonesia”, which involves the World Bank and Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) as partner organisations. He is also affiliated with the Global Labour Organization (GLO), the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at ANU and UNSW Ageing Asia Research Hub.

Keywords: Social security; Means tested age pension; Superannuation (retirement accounts); Taxation; Fiscal policy; Macroeconomic and distributional impacts of population ageing; Overlapping generations; Dynamic general equilibrium

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