PROF Donald MacLaren

PROF Donald MacLaren


  • Agriculture in the WTO
  • Food commodity markets under imperfect competition
  • Food safety and trade
  • State trading enterprises



  • Donald MacLaren gained his PhD degree from Cornell University in 1970. He worked at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, from 1970 until 1988 as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics. During that period he undertook consulting work with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the National Consumer Council. In 1988, he took up an appointment at the University of Melbourne in the School of Agriculture and Forestry and was Head of the Agricultural Economics and Extension Section during 1990–93. He joined the Department of Economics in 1996 and was Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce 1996-98. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University, the University of California at Davis, Stanford University, the OECD, University of Osaka, the Ifo Research Institute, and the WTO. He has been a WTO panellist and a consultant for OECD, FAO, and the World Bank. He is a member of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) and the CESifo Network.  He retired from full-time employment in July 2012 and is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Economics.   


Member of

  • CESifo. Member 2012 -
  • International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. Member 1992 -
  • Economic Society of Australia. Member 1991 -
  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Member 1988 -
  • International Association of Agricultural Economists. Member 1979 -
  • American Agricultural Economics Association. Member 1975 -
  • The Agricultural Economics Society. Member 1970 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Cornell University 1970
  • MS, Cornell University 1968
  • BSc (Agr) (Hons), University of Aberdeen 1966

Awards and honors

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 2015
  • "Quality of Policy Contribution Award" for a paper in the European Economic Review 51(1): pp. 225-246 (2007) with Steve McCorriston, European Association of Agricultural Economists, 2008



Available for supervision

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