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PD Jonson

Peter Jonson is a lifetime monetary economics tragic and as a young man held a number of senior positions as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. From 1982 to 1988, Peter reached the giddy heights as Chief Economist, then called Head of Research. After a dust up with the then Treasurer, Paul Keating, Peter moved to corporate life, including stints as Head of Research at James Capel Australia Limited, Group Managing Director of Norwich Union Financial Services Ltd and Chairman of ANZ Funds Management.

Most recently, Peter has been a professional director. He served ad an independent director at Village Roadshow Ltd (for a time as lead independent director) and as Chair of ventures in Remediation, Innovative Manufacturing and Biotechnology. Chairman of the Melbourne Institute Advisory Board from 1992 to 2002, now Chair Emeritus. Founding Chair of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (2002 to 2007).

During this time, Peter was Chair of the Commonwealth government Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Committee 2005 - 2010, and of two earlier funding committees for the Howard government. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1989.


A biographical essay can be found here.


Peter is the founder and editor of


Also a lifelong landscape painter, now painting seriously with a friend who is a full-time professional. Images of recent economically themed works are available here.


His Great Crises of Capitalism was published in early 2011. Info here. He is currently researching the connection between monetary policy and asset inflation.


More information here. ASSA site.


Specialities: Economist, Corporate, Science and technology, Australian Football, Politics - domestic and international

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