John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), and of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics. In 2016, he was re-elected as a member of the University's Council.
Dr Piggott has a long standing interest in retirement and pension economics and finance. His publications include more than 100 journal articles and chapters in books. He has also co-authored two books, both published by Cambridge University Press. In 2016 he co-edited two volumes on ageing. Elsevier’s Handbook of the Economics of Population Ageing and Population Ageing and Australia’s Future, published by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and ANU Press. He serves as book review editor of the Cambridge journal, the
Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, as an Associate Editor of the
Journal of the Economics of Ageing, and has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the
Journal of Retirement.
His Australian policy experience includes membership of both the Henry Tax Review Panel and the Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee. Internationally, he worked for nearly a decade with the Japanese Government on pension and ageing issues, and in 2004 was tasked with evaluating World Bank assistance on pension reform in the Asian region for the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. He has been a consultant to several foreign governments on pension issues, including Russia and Indonesia. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, China, and from 2008-2010 was Visiting Scholar with the Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
He has held a range of academic management positions at UNSW, including two terms as Head of Economics, and 7 years as Associate Dean Research. He served for more than a year as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, in the period leading up to its integration with the Australian Graduate School of Management.