Professor Donald MacLaren

Professorial Fellow

Biography

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 and the WTO. He has been a WTO panellist and a consultant for OECD 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. In 2014, he become a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

Research Interests

  • agriculture and the WTO
  • the trade effects of state trading enterprises
  • food safety and quarantine policy in open economies
  • regional trade agreements

Journal Articles

  • Lloyd, P.J. and MacLaren, D. 2018 "Should We Tax Sugar and If So How?", Australian Economic Review, https://doi-org.ezp.lib.unimelb.edu.au/10.1111/1467-8462.12299
  • MacLaren, D. 2016 "Comment 1 on ‘National and global price- and trade-distorting policies’ by Anderson", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 60: pp. 629–630.
  • McCorriston, S. and MacLaren, D. 2016 "Parastatals as Instruments of Government Policy: The Food Corporation of India", Food Policy, 65: pp. 53-62.
  • McCorriston, S. and MacLaren, D. 2016 "Food Security, Welfare and Partial De-Regulation of Parastatal", Oxford Economic Papers, 68: pp. 836-856.
  • MacLaren, D. 2016 "The Contingent Tariff of the Special Safeguard Mechanism: What Happens When Markets are Imperfectly Competitive?", Journal of Agricultural Economics, 67: pp. 62-83.
  • Lloyd, P. J. and MacLaren, D. 2015 "Assistance to Agriculture from Federation to World War II", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 59: pp. 317–333.
  • Lloyd, P. J. and MacLaren, D. 2015 "Relative Assistance to Agriculture and Manufacturing since Federation", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 59: pp. 159–170.
  • Piyapromdee, S. Hillberry, R. and MacLaren, D. 2014 “ 'Fair Trade' Coffee and the Mitigation of Local Oligopsony Power”, European Review of Agricultural Economics, 41(4): pp. 537-559.
  • McCorriston, S., MacLaren, D. 2013 "Domestic and Trade Equivalences of State Trading Importers", Review of International Economics, 21(5): pp. 1006 - 20.
  • McCorriston, S. and MacLaren, D. 2013 “Re-Distribution, State Trading Enterprises and ‘Politically Optimal’ Tariffs”, Canadian Journal of Economics, 46(4): pp. 1351-1379.
  • Fell, J. and MacLaren, D. 2013 “The welfare cost of Japanese rice policy with home-good preference and an endogenous import price”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 57(4): pp. 601-619.
  • McCorriston, S. and MacLaren, D. 2012 “State Trading Enterprises as Non-Tariff Measures: Theory, Evidence and Future Research Directions”, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 34(4): pp. 696-723.
  • Leroux, A. and MacLaren, D. 2011 “The Optimal Time to Remove Quarantine Bans Under Uncertainty: the Case of Australian Bananas”, Economic Record 87: pp. 140-152.
  • Lloyd, P. J. and MacLaren, D. 2010 “Partial and General Equilibrium Measures of Trade Restrictiveness”, Review of International Economics 18(5): pp. 1044-1057.

Books

  • Jayasuriya, S., MacLaren, D., Magee, G. . 2009 "Australia and China: Negotiating a Preferential Trading Agreement"

Chapters

  • Yabuki, N., MacLaren, D. 2012 "Regional trade agreements and food security: introduction and overview" in Regional trade agreements and food security in Asia
  • MacLaren, D. 2009 "Agriculture", In Australia and China: Negotiating a Preferential Trading Agreement, pp. 74 - 96 .
  • Lloyd, P., MacLaren, D. 2009 "Rules of Origin", In Australia and China: Negotiating a Preferential Trading Agreement, pp. 170 - 191 .
  • Anderson, K., Lattimore, R., Lloyd, P., MacLaren, D. 2009 "Australia and New Zealand", in Distortions to Agricultural Incentives: A Global Perspective, pp. 221 - 256 .
  • MacLaren, D. 2007 "The Commodity Coverage of PTAs: does agriculture matter?", Regionalism, Trade and Economic Development in the Asia-Pacific Region, pp. 193 - 205 .
  • McCorriston, S., MacLaren, D. 2005 "Reforming trade-distorting state trading enterprises", Trade Theory, Analytical Models and Development: Essays in Honour of Peter Lloyd, Volume I, pp. 161 - 182 .

Conference Publications

  • MacLaren, Donald 2012 "Imperfectly Competitive Market Intermediaries and the Efficacy of the Special Safeguard Mechanism", 86th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society
  • MacLaren, Donald 2011 "The Unequal Treatment of State Trading Enterprises in the Doha Round", Current Research in International Economic Law
  • MacLaren, Donald 2011 "On the Economics of the Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) for Imports of Agricultural Products", 14th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "Re-Distribution, State Trading Enterprises and Optimal Tariffs", 5th Australasian Trade Workshop
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "Partial and general equilibrium measures of trade restrictiveness", 12th Annual Conference of the European Trade Study Group
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "Domestic and trade policy equivalences of state trading importers", 12th Annual Conference of the European Trade Study Group
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "How Well Have We Done and Where Should We Go from Here?", Trade in Agriculture: Much Done, So Much More to Do
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "A Semi-General Equilibrium Measure of the Trade Restrictiveness Index", IATRC Berkeley California
  • MacLaren, Donald 2010 "Partial and general equilibrium measures of trade restrictiveness", 5th Australiasian Trade Workshop
  • MacLaren, Donald 2009 "Assessing the Distortionary Impact of State Trading in China", 27th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
  • MacLaren, Donald 2009 "An Assessment of the Economic Effects of COFCO", International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium International Symposium
  • MacLaren, Donald 2008 "State Trading and Market Access: An Important Omission from the Doha Round Negotiations on Agriculture?", International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium Summer Symposium Globalization and the Rural-Urban Divide
  • MacLaren, Donald 2008 "Implementing Economic Reforms in a Federal Democracy: Agricultural Markets in India", International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium Summer Symposium Globalization and the Rural-Urban Divide
  • MacLaren, Donald 2008 "Measuring Assistance to the Agricultural Industry in Australia using a Production Assistance Index", 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • MacLaren, Donald 2008 "De-Regulation of State Trading Enterprises: Some Research Issues", International Workshop Agricultural Trade Liberalisation and Domestic Market Reforms in Indian Agriculture
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "Meeting Food Safety Standards in Export Markets:Issues and Challenges facing Firms Exporting from Developing Countries", International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium Summer Symposium
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "Exclusive Rights, Policy Bias and Trade Distorting State Trading Enterprises", European Trade Study Group, 8th Annual Conference
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "The Economic Effects of State Trading Enterprises: Market Access and Market Failure", 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "Rules of Origin", Australia-China Free Trade Agreement Conference
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "Meeting food safety standards in export markets: issues and challenges facing firms exporting from developing countries", Summer Symposium of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC)
  • MacLaren, Donald 2006 "The economic effects of state trading enterprises: market access and market failure", 26th Conference of the international association of agricultural economists
  • MacLaren, Donald 2005 "Outlook for China's agricultural trade 2005", Symposium in globalization and Chinese agri-business 2004
  • MacLaren, Donald 2005 "De-Regulation as (Welfare Reducing) Trade Reform: The Case of the Australian Wheat Board", The Australian Conference of Economists, 2005
  • MacLaren, Donald 2005 "Market Access and the Reform of State Trading Enterprises", 8th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
  • MacLaren, Donald 2005 "State Trading Enterprises in Agriculture: Trade and Welfare", Symposium in Globalization and Chinese Agri-Business 2004
  • MacLaren, Donald 2005 "Trade and Welfare Effects of State Trading Enterprises", The XIth International Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists
  • MacLaren, Donald 2003 "The case for free trade and the role of RTAs", Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO, World Trade Organization

Working Papers

  • Donald MacLaren "The Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) and Tariffs: Price Behaviour with Imperfectly Competitive Market Intermediaries (2014)
  • Peter Lloyd, Donald MacLaren "Relative Assistance to Agriculture and Manufacturing since Federation" (2013)
  • Donald MacLaren "Imperfect Competition, State Trading and Japan's Imports of Rice " (2011)
  • Donald MacLaren "As the apple import ban crumbles, is it time to go bananas?" (2011)
  • Donald MacLaren "Exploring the Complexity of Food Security" (2011)
  • Suphanit Piyapromdee, Russell Hillberry, Donald MacLaren "'Fair Trade' Coffee and the Mitigation of Local Oligopsony Power" (2008)
  • Peter John Lloyd, Donald MacLaren "A Trade Restrictiveness Index of the Level of Protection in Australian Manufacturing" (2007)
  • Anderson, Kym, Lattimore, R., Peter J. Lloyd , Donald MacLaren "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Australia and New Zealand" (2007)
  • Anne Leahy, Donald MacLaren, Morgan, D., Weatherall, K., Webster, E., J. Yong "In the Shadow of the China–Australia FTA Negotiations: What Australian Business Thinks about IP" (2007)
  • Linacre, N., Falck-Zepeda, J., Komen, J., Donald MacLaren "Risk assessment and management of genetically modified organisms under Australia's gene technology act" (2006)
  • Donald MacLaren, S. McCorriston "Modelling the Trade and Welfare Effects of State Trading Enterprises in India" (2006)
  • Donald MacLaren "International food safety standards and processed food exports: issues of firm-level analysis" (2004)
  • Donald Maclaren "On the Economics of Food Safety and GM Foods." (2004)

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