John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), and of the Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics and also holds an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship. In 2012, he was elected as a member of the University’s Council.
Professor Piggott has a long standing interest in retirement and pension economics and finance. His publications include more than 100 journal articles and chapters in books. He has also co-authored two books, both published by Cambridge University Press. He serves as book review editor of the Cambridge journal, the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Economics of Aging, and has recently been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Retirement.
His Australian policy experience includes membership of both the Henry Tax Review Panel and the Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee. Internationally, he worked for nearly a decade with the Japanese Government (Cabinet Level) on pension and ageing issues, and in 2004 was tasked with evaluating World Bank assistance on pension reform in the Asian region for the Bank's Operations Evaluation Department. He has been a consultant to several foreign governments on pension issues, including Russia and Indonesia. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Zhejiang University, China, and from 2008-2010 was Visiting Scholar with the Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
He has held a range of academic management positions at UNSW, including two terms as Head of Economics, and 7 years as Associate Dean Research. He served for more than a year as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, in the period leading up to its integration with the Australian Graduate School of Management.