BEc (1st Hons)(Monash), AM, PhD (Harvard),  FRSN, FASSA

Glenn Withers is a Professor of the University at ANU. He was previously foundation Chief Executive Officer of Universities Australia and has held various earlier academic and government appointments, including as Professor of Public Policy at ANU, Head of the Economic Planning Advisory Commission under Prime Minister Keating and Co-Chair of the National Population Council under Prime Minister Hawke.

He has chaired a number of government inquiries including one into private finance of infrastructure and was co-chair for the Howard Government 's Stocktake of Micro-Economic Reform. He was awarded an AO in 1991 for contributions to applied economics, including for development of the Australian immigration points system.

He works on applied microeconomics, public economics, public policy and administration, population policy and cultural economics and has published books and papers on topics ranging from conscription to the economics of the performing arts. He is currently researching issues in social cybersecurity.

  • President, Australian Council of Learned Academies
  • President, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Global Board Chair, Global Development Learning Network
  • Strategic Review Chair, Department of Finance and Deregulation
  • Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia
  • Professor of Public Policy, ANU
  • Professor of Public Policy, Australia and New Zealand School of Government
  • Commissioner, Economic Planning Advisory Commission
  • Chair, Commonwealth Inquiries into Population, Immigration Selection, Infrastructure and Co-Chair, Stocktake of Micro-Economic Reform
  • Inquiry Member, Child Care in Australia.
  • Professor of Economics, La Trobe University
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Macquarie University
  • Chief Economic Adviser, Department of Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, Australian National University

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Glenn Withers,Australia's Comparative Advantage. Final Report. Melbourne: Australian Council of Learned Academies (with Nitin Gupta, Natalie Larkins and Lyndal Curtis), 


Glenn Withers, “Ensuring Immigration Benefits All”, in CEDA, Migration: the economic debate, Melbourne: Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 2016, 80-99.

 Glenn Withers, “Responding to Negative Public Attitudes towards Immigration through Analysis and Policy: regional and unemployment dimensions”, Australian Geographer, 2016 (with K. Golebiowska and A. Elnasri). 435-453

 Glenn Withers, “Book Review: Education Matters: Global Schooling Gains from the 19th Century to the 21st Century, by R J Barro and J W Lee”, Asia Pacific Economic Literature, 30(2), November 2016, 127-128

Glenn Withers, The Social Sciences Shape the Nation (Ed.), Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2017.

 Glenn Withers, “Inclusive Growth: Hybrid policies into the future” in R.Breunig and M.Fabian (eds), Hybrid Public Policy Innovations: Contemporary Policy Beyond Ideology, New York: Routledge, 2018, 235-252.

 “An Australian Humanities Crisis?” in D.Ahlburg (ed), The Changing Face of Higher Education: Is there An International Crisis in the Humanities? New York: Routledge, 2019. 8-29.

Glenn Withers, 2019. "How Economics Shapes Science,The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 95(309), pages 274-276, June.

Glenn Withers (2019), Social Science Research and Intelligence in Australia; Final Report, Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. (with Greg Austin, Elizabeth Buchanan, Dylan Clements and Liz West)

Glenn Withers (2015), Australia's Comparative Advantage. Final Report. Melbourne: Australian Council of Learned Academies. (with Nitin Gupta, Natalie Larkins and Lyndal Curtis).

Glenn Withers (2015), Australia's Political Economic Future, Australian Journal of Political Science, 50(4), December, 735-744.

Glenn Withers (2015), 'Introduction: connecting past, present and future', in Simon Ville & Glenn Withers (ed.), The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 1-8.(with Simon Ville).

Glenn Withers (2015), The Labour Market, in Simon Ville and Glenn Withers (eds), The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press (with Tim Hatton).

Glenn Withers (ed) (2015), The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press (with Simon Ville).

Withers, G (2015), 'People Movements and the 'National Interest'', in John Farrar, Mary Hiscock and Vai Io Lo (ed.), Australia's Trade, Investment and Security in the Asian Century, World Scientific Publishing Co, Singapore, pp. 187-200.

Glenn Withers (2014), “Future Directions for Income Contingent Loan Theory”, in Stiglitz, J. Chapman, B. and Higgins, T. (eds), Income Contingent Loans: Theory, Practice and Prospects, Palgrave Macmillan.

Glenn Withers (2014), Income Contingent Loans for Business Innovation”, in Stiglitz, J. Chapman, B. and Higgins, T. (eds), Income Contingent Loans: Theory, Practice and Prospects, Palgrave Macmillan (with N.Gupta).

Glenn Withers (2014), “Immigration in a Population Context”, Australian Economic Review, 47(2), 231-9

Glenn Withers (2014), The State of the Universities, in M.Thornton (ed.), Through a Glass Darkly. The Social Sciences Look at the Neoliberal University, Canberra: ANU Press, 103-117.

Glenn Withers (2014), Introduction”, in K.Barnes and P. Spearritt (eds), Drivers of Change for the Australian Labour Market to 2030, Canberra: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 1-15.

Glenn Withers (2014), “People Movements and the National Interest”, in J.Farrar, M.Hiscock and V.Lo (eds), The Australian ‘National Interest’ in the Asian Century: Trade, Investment and Security, Singapore: World Scientific, 2014.

Glenn Withers (2013), “Creating the New University”, in G. Bammer (ed), Disciplining Interdisciplinarity, ANU E-Press, 375-380.

Glenn Withers (2013), “Policy Innovation for Innovation: Income-Contingent Loans”, in V.Fitzgerald and N.Taylor (eds), Australia Adjusting : Optimising National Prosperity, Melbourne: CEDA, 123-131, (with N.Gupta).

Glenn Withers (2013), “Broadcasting” in R.Towse and C.Handke (eds), Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Glenn Withers (2012), “The Future of Population Policy” in Jonathan Pincus and Graeme Hugo (eds), A Greater Australia: Population, Policies and Governance, Melbourne: CEDA, pp. 224-232.

Glenn Withers (2012), “Distance and Development” in Nestor Stancanelli (ed), Under the Southern Cross: Australia-Argentina-A Comparative Analysis, Buenos Aires, Eudeba.

Glenn Withers (2012), “International Education and Its Benefits” in Australian Bureau of Statistics, Population Flows.

Glenn Withers and Katrina Alford (2011), Broadcasting, in Ruth Towse, (editor), A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Edward Elgar, second edition.

Glenn Withers (2009), David Hewitt Pope: 1944-2007, Australian Economic History Review, 49(2).

Glenn Withers, Amanda Denniss, and Meng Yuan (2009), Financing Innovation through Income Contingent Loans, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 12(2).

Glenn Withers and Tim Higgins (2009), Attitudes to Income Contingent Loans: A Survey Approach, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 12(2).

Glenn Withers and Gary Saliba (2009), Scenario Analysis for Strategic Thinking, in G.Argyrous (ed.), Evidence for Policy and Decision-Making, Sydney: UNSW Press, pp.126-138.

Glenn Withers and Peter McDonald (2008), Population and Australia's Future Labour Force, Occasional Paper 1, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Glenn Withers (2007), Can Distance be Defeated?, in Ian Marsh (ed.), Competing From Australia, Melbourne : CEDA, pp.18-27.

Glenn Withers and Anne Twomey (2007), Australia's Federalist Future, Melbourne: Council for the Federation

Glenn Withers (2006), “The Economics and Regulation of Broadcasting” in R.Towse (ed), Economics of the Mass Media, International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Elgar

Glenn Withers and Ruth Neumann (2005) “Malaysian Education” in DFAT, Malaysia: An Economy Transformed Canberra: DFAT

Glenn Withers (2005), “Immigration Policy: Australia ’s Experience And Implications For Germany” in Russell West-Pavlov (ed.), Who’s Australia - Whose Australia? Contemporary Politics, Society and Culture in Australia, Trier: WVT

Glenn Withers (2003), Immigration, In The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia. I.McAllister, S.Dowrick, and R.Hassan (eds.). Cambridge: CUP.