Stephen Howes

First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Howes
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Stephen is a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is the Director of the Development Policy Centre, He served as Director of the International and Development Economics program of the Crawford School from 2009 to 2014.

Prior to joining the Crawford School in 2009, Stephen was Chief Economist at the Australian Agency for International Development. He worked from 1994 to 2005 at the World Bank, first in Washington and then in Delhi, where he was Lead Economist for India. In 2008, he worked on the Garnaut Review on Climate Change, where he managed the Review’s international work stream.

Stephen also serves as a Board Member for CARE Australia, where he chairs the Program and Operations Committee. He is also Chair of a new NGO, Femili PNG, which supports survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

He has previously served on the Board of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, and on the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute.

18 February 2015

Examines Australias Seasonal Workers Program (SPW) and reccomends a series of reforms to lift employer demand.

21 January 2013

This submission is written by Professor Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre and Mr Jonathan Pryke a researcher at the Centre. Professor Howes has twenty-five years of...

8 May 2012

An important public policy question is whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost-effective poverty reduction.

In an...

Discussion paper
30 January 2012

This paper examines whether improved targeting of public spending will necessarily result in more or more cost‐effective poverty reduction.

In an important and influential...

Working paper
30 July 2011

This paper traces the changes in economic thinking concerning the case for action on climate change, through an analysis of the work of three eminent economists: William Nordhaus, Nicholas Stern...

30 June 2011

As part of the APEC Finance Ministers‘ Policy Initiatives of 2008, the World Bank was asked to prepare studies on the current state of economic policies concerning climate change and...

Discussion paper
30 June 2011

This paper finds that country‐level aid studies are a useful tool for donors to use to guard against possible, albeit uncertain, negative impacts of aid at the country level.

Discussion paper
30 January 2011

Providing an overview of issues relating to aid effectiveness, this paper argues that it is impossible to give a definitive answer to the question of whether aid is effective, and that it is more...

Briefing paper
30 October 2010

This brief considers recent patterns and trends in Australian aid. How much aid does Australia give? Where is it spent? What is it spent on? How does Australia compare to other donors?

26 October 2010

Climate change efforts are becoming more decentralised, writes Stephen Howes in Inside Story

THE CONTRAST between the hype in the lead up to last year’s...