John Freebairn

University of Melbourne

John Freebairn is the Ritchie Chair of Economics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He specializes in applied microeconomics and economic policy analysis and his current interests include taxation reform and environmental economics.

Articles by John Freebairn


Preparing Australian Farmers for a (Non-)Rainy Day

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Climate change means that drought is likely to scourge larger parts of the world, and more often, with serious impacts on agriculture and food supply. Drought episodes are generally tackled via ad hoc policy support measures. As the Australian case shows, such responses should be replaced with longer-term policy interventions across good and bad seasonal conditions.