VALE Professor Mardi Dungey

CEDA is saddened to hear of the passing of CEDA Council on Economic Policy (CEP) member and supporter, Professor Mardi Dungey on 12 January 2019.

CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento said Professor Dungey was a member of the CEDA CEP, a council of some of Australia’s best and brightest economists that help guide CEDA research.

“We pass on our sincerest condolences to Professor Dungey’s family and university colleagues,” she said.

Ms Cilento said Professor Dungey had contributed to CEDA at a number levels, including as a speaker at CEDA’s annual two-day State of the Nation Conference in Canberra and as part of CEDA’s high level Balanced Budget Commission that oversaw the 2016 report on the Federal Budget, Deficit to balance: budget repair options.

CEDA Board Member and Research and Policy Committee Chair, Professor Rod Maddock said Professor Dungey was one of Australia’s leading macroeconomists.

Professor Maddock said after graduating from the University of Tasmania, Mardi went to work at the Reserve Bank of Australia and soon moved on to undertake her PhD at the Australian National University, supervised by Adrian Pagan.

“Her work there on the relationship between the Australian and international economies, positioned her to become a leading international figure in the study of contagion, deepening our understanding of the impact of the Asian financial crisis on different economies,” he said.

“She quickly moved to senior roles at Australian universities and to a joint appointment at Cambridge University. Returning to the University of Tasmania in 2008, she became the driving force behind the economics discipline locally, and made a strong contribution to the Economic Society and to economic debate in that State.

“She maintained her international profile with visiting positions including at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of International Settlements.

“Mardi had a strong sense of social responsibility.

“She was an outstanding supervisor, always willing to work with students, and to help them realise their potential. Her most outstanding student was clearly Professor Renee Fry-McKibbon but she had many others.

“Mardi’s public commitment also led her to accept a role on CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy in 2015. In that she made a strong contribution in debate and particularly led discussion on issues of international macroeconomics.” 

Professor Dungey was Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Tasmania, a Senior Research Associate the Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy at the University of Cambridge and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Policy at the Australian National University.

The Economics Society of Australia (Tasmanian Branch) has established a student prize for economics to celebrate Professor Dungey’s contribution to the discipline.
If you would like to donate to the prize fund you can do so at:

Economic Society of Australia - Tasmanian Branch Inc
BSB: 067 002 , Acc No: 1030 9388

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