Centre for Applied Economic Research

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CAER's primary emphasis is on applied economic research relevant to policy issues

Through thought leadership, the Centre aims to be a champion of informed policy, engaging with government and industry to translate leading academic research into real-world impact. Founded in 1976 CAER is one of the oldest centres in the University and the first centre to be established in the former Faculty of Commerce and Economics (now the UNSW Business School).

Since its inception CAER's mission has been to encourage and facilitate applied economic research, to foster links between the academics at The University of New South Wales and the business and public sector communities, and to raise the applied research profile of the School of Economics more generally.

Our goals

Broadly respected

Contributing strongly to University and Business School strategic goals through excellence in research and engagement. Community understanding of the significance of the Centre.

Champion of informed policy

Policy recommendations developed with government and industry. Informed by high-quality academic research.

Strong and dynamic

Development of broad strategic partnerships with government and industry. Agile in addressing emerging policy challenges.

Research initiatives

Explore the research initiatives initiated by CAER.


The Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER) holds several events each year. In this section you can find out more about upcoming events or download papers and programs from past events.

Our people

Meet the CAER team.

Contact us

Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER)

Quadrangle Building (E15), West Wing, Level 1, Office Space 1039
Phone: +61 2 9385 8173
Email: caer@unsw.edu.au

Director Kevin Fox

Phone: +61 2 9385 3320
Email: k.fox@unsw.edu.au

Deputy Director Richard Holden

Phone: +61 2 9385 4700
Email: richard.holden@unsw.edu.au