Warwick James McKibbin AO (born 21 April 1957 in Sydney) is an Australian Professor of Economics at the Australian National University who works across a wide range of areas in applied policy. He has published more than 200 scholarly articles and several books and is internationally known for his contribution to global economic modeling.
He initially studied at the University of New South Wales where he received a bachelor's degree with First Class Honors in both Economics and Econometrics and was awarded the University Medal in 1980. McKibbin then studied under Jeffrey Sachs at Harvard University and was awarded a PhD in Economics in 1986.
He was founding Director of the ANU Research School of Economics until stepping down in mid-2012. He moved to the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU in August 2012. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health. He formed the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in 2003 and was the inaugural Director of CAMA.
He is also the Professorial Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney and a non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he co-directs the Climate Change program.
McKibbin is President of McKibbin Software Group Inc.
He was a former member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia after being appointed by the Howard Government in July 2001 until the end of his term at the end of July 2011. McKibbin was also a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council under the Howard Government (2005–2007).
He was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences at the age of 40 and in 2003 was awarded the Centenary Medal For service to Australian society through economic policy and tertiary education.
The McKibbin-Sachs Global Model is a global economic model developed originally in 1984 jointly with Jeffrey Sachs is a widely used intertemporal general equilibrium model of the world economy.
The G-Cubed Model is a global economic model developed in 1991 jointly with Peter Wilcoxen is a widely used multi-sector intertemporal general equilibrium model of the world economy.
The Henderson McKibbin Taylor Rule for Monetary Policy was first proposed by Dale W. Henderson and Warwick McKibbin in 1993 and simultaneously by John B. Taylor.
The McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint also known as the McKibbin Wilcoxen Hybrid. Professor Warwick McKibbin (Australian National University) and Professor Peter Wilcoxen (Syracuse University) outline various approaches to climate change policy. They argue that the issue of taking action against climate change should be separated from the issue of whether Australia should ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Once the Kyoto Protocol is set aside it is clear that there are better options available. One such approach is the McKibbin-Wilcoxen Blueprint which is outlined in this article.
They argue that Kyoto Protocol based Carbon trading systems are too inflexible/brittle to attract developing countries (particularly China & India). A better system would need to be flexible enough to refine outcomes over time (as new data become available).