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Prof Phil Lewis

Professor of Economics


PhD, Murdoch University
MsocSci University of Birmingham
BSc(First Class Hons) Middlesex University

Career Bio

Phil Lewis is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR) at the University of Canberra. Phil is among the best-known economists in the area of the economics of employment, education and training in Australia and is the author of over 100 publications including journal articles, book chapters and books including the best selling Essentials of Economics published by Pearson. Apart from a distinguished academic career he has worked in government and has produced a number of major reports for the private and public sectors. Phil is the editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics. He is Past National President of the Economic Society of Australia and Past President of the Western Australian and Canberra branches of the Society. In 2008 he was awarded the Honorary Fellow Award by the Economic Society for his exceptional contribution to the economics profession.


Life membership, Economic Society of Australia, 2001
Honorary Fellow Award, Economic Society of Australia, 2008


6355 Introduction to Economics
6234 Economics for Managers G


5 Selected Publications

For all publications please see the External Research Profile links below

Nugraha, K. & Lewis, P. (2014), ‘The Impact of Taxation on Income Distribution: Evidence from Indonesia.’, Singapore Economic Review, forthcoming.

Garnett, A. and Lewis, P. (2013), ‘The Economy’, in Aulich, C. The Gillard Governments; Commonwealth Administration 2010-2013, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

Corliss, M., Daly, A and Lewis, P. (2013), ‘The Rate of Return to Higher Education over the Business Cycle’, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol 16, No 2, pp219-236

Rafi, B.  Lewis, P.  (2013), ‘Indian Higher Education Students in Australia: Their Patterns and Motivations’, Australian Journal of Education, Vol 57, No 2 pp 157–173.

Nugraha, K. & Lewis, P. (2013), Towards a better measure of income inequality in Indonesia’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Vol 49, Issue 1, pp103-112.


Current projects include returns to university education, youth wages and unemployment,  Indian students in Australia; and income distribution in Indonesia.


Labour Market analysis including employment, unemployment, education and training.

External Research Profile

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Industry Engagement

Member, Economic Society of Australia
Consultant to several industry groups and government departments