John Piggott AO

Scientia Professor, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

School of Economics - PhD and MSc, University of London | Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA) | BA, University of Sydney


Retirement and pension economics and finance.

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About John

John Piggott AO is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the University of New South Wales, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics. He has published widely on issues in retirement and pension economics and finance, and in public finance, and his research has appeared in the leading international economics and actuarial academic journals as well as in highly cited conference volumes.

His Australian policy experience includes membership of both the Henry Tax Review Panel (2008-2009) and the Australian Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee (2007-2011).

Internationally, he worked with the Japanese government for nearly a decade from 1999 on pension and population ageing issues. In 2004, he was tasked with evaluating World Bank assistance on pension reform in the Asian region for the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University in China, an ongoing appointment, and was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Wharton School of Business.

In 2018, John Piggott was awarded a Rockefeller Residency to work on issues in population ageing and inequality, and was appointed co-chair of the G20 Population Ageing Task Force. In 2019, he was appointed as member of the US National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) International Commission on Creating a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity.

He has held a range of academic management positions at UNSW Sydney, including two terms as Head of Economics, and seven 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.