Binh Tran-Nam


School of Taxation & Business Law - PhD, UNSW | MEc, ANU | BEc (1st Hons), Cook


Binh Tran-Nam’s academic interests are in tax policy, tax administration, international trade and development economics. He has published many articles on tax compliance costs and tax simplification in academics journals around the world. His research has been cited at federal parliamentary debates and in the High Court of Australia. Binh has acted as a consultant to AusAID, the Australian taxation office, Australian Vice Chancellors’ Committee, Board of Taxation, DFID, Inland Revenue of New Zealand, NSW Taxpayers Association, UNDP Vietnam and World Bank Vietnam. He is recognised as a leading tax academic in Australasia, having been awarded the 2015 Australasian Tax Teachers Association’s Graham Hill Medal for his “outstanding contributions to tax teaching and tax policy in Australasia.”

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About Binh

​​Binh Tran-Nam currently holds double appointments as Professor at UNSW Australia and RMIT University Vietnam. Prior to re-joining UNSW Australia in July 1991, he was Lecturer in the School of Management at Deakin University. Prior to that he was National Research Fellow at UNSW Australia and Lecturer in the Department of Economics at University of Auckland.

Binh holds a BEc (with first class honour and university medal) from James Cook University, an MEc from Australian National University, and a PhD in economics at UNSW Australia. He has taught a wide range of under- and post-graduate courses at University of Auckland, UNSW Australia, University of Technology Sydney, Deakin University, Nagoya City University, University of California (Santa Barbara), Hanoi University of Agriculture, Ton Duc Thang University and RMIT University Vietnam.

His research output includes nine books (authored and edited), 44 book chapters and 65 articles in academic journals around the world. Binh’s cumulative research funding approaches A$2 million, including five Australian Research Council grants (one Discovery and four Linkage grants). He has also been awarded several competitive research fellowships (at San Jose State University in 2006 and Curtin University in 2011), and successfully supervised seven PhD and three MPhil students.

Binh has served as a founding co-editor of the eJournal of Tax Research (A ranked journal) and International Journal of Development and Conflict, and as an editorial board member of several other academic journals. He is International Fellow of the Tax Administration Research Centre at Exeter University (UK) and Adjunct Fellow of the Tax Law and Policy Group at Monash University. He has also been invited to speak at conferences around the globe. In January 2015, the Australasian Tax Teachers Association awarded him the Graham Hill Medal in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to tax teaching and tax policy in Australasia.”

He has proactively sought to engage with the Australian community and government by writing continuously on topics of current interest and direct relevance to tax administration and tax policy making in Australasia. His academic work has had some impact on tax policy and tax administration in Australia, and tax administration in New Zealand. His research has been cited at federal parliamentary debates and in the High Court of Australia. Further, his research in compliance costs of federal taxes in Australia has resulted in some tax administration changes such as more frequent income tax reporting.

Binh has also sought to assist Vietnam’s development. His engagement with Vietnam covers a wide range of academic activities including conference organisation, conference and seminar presentations, guest lectures, book editing, policy-oriented articles, joint research, course development (Vietnamese tax law and research methodology) and institutional linkage. His coedited book Awakening the Dormant Dragon has attracted considerable public interest. He has also been a policy advisor and consultant on tax and university reform to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Education and Training, respectively. Most recently, together with other international academics, he found the International Society of Vietnam Economists (ISVE) and was elected its inaugural Secretary. His work in Vietnam has been recognised by VietnamNet’s Achievement Award (for outstanding contribution to Vietnam’s national development) in 2007, and Vietnamese Foreign Affairs Minister’s Certificate of Commendation (for effective contributions to scientific, economic research and international economic integration of Vietnam) in 2011.