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Professor Rodney Maddock

BEc(Qld), MA, PhD (Duke)

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow

Professor Rodney Maddock has been a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Victoria University since 2012.

Rod is currently President of the Economic Society of Australia’s Victorian Branch. In the decade to 2012 he was a senior executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Earlier roles included Chief Economist for the Business Council of Australia and Head of Economic Policy in the Victorian Cabinet Office. He was also a Professor and Head of School of Business at La Trobe University.

He has a distinguished academic record with extensive academic publications and experience working in a number of countries. His main books include Rational Expectations, The Australian Economy in the Long Run, and Unlocking the Infrastructure. His ongoing research is in the areas of finance and Australian economic development.

In his role as Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, he will contribute to thought leadership in areas of strategic importance for the University. He will focus particularly in research and knowledge exchange in the areas of economic, industry and social analysis. He will provide expertise and advice to projects and programs associated with the distinctive specialisation in financial services. 

Recent papers

Funding Australia’s Future: the supply of and demand for funds” which looks at the future of the Australian financial system is available on the Australian Centre for Financial Studies website 2013 

“Is the financial system too big” was published by JASSA, Finsia’s Quarterly Journal of Applied Finance, in its Issue 3 of 2013.

“Red tape in finance and its discontents” was published by CEDA in its Economic and Political Overview 2014 published in February, and describes the cost and some of the difficulties faced by the sector as regulation intensifies. 

“Capital markets” is a chapter in the Cambridge Economic History of Australia, edited by Glenn Withers and Simon Ville, is scheduled for publication in October 2014.

“Competition between bank and non-bank lenders during the crisis” has been accepted for the Infiniti Conference on International Finance in Italy in June.

Recent speeches

“Investing in the shadow of a boom” was presented to the Financial Standard’s Chief Economists’ Forum in Sydney on 29 January and Melbourne on 31 January.

“Competition between bank and non-bank lenders” seminar presented with Stephen King to the Monash University Department of Finance on 7 February.

“What to expect from the Murray Inquiry” was the keynote closing address to the Investment Administration Conference in Sydney on February 12.

Rod will speak at the Australian Centre for Financial Studies’  Mortgage Market Forum in Melbourne on 6 March on “Directions for housing”.

Rod has also been invited to speak at the ASIC Forum in Sydney on 24 March on the subject of the topic “Is there excessive intermediation in finance?”.

Appearances in the media

Educating at the starting line, VU News, 27 August 2012