In August 2008, Ian left academic life to become a Director of the former Access Economics, following a 25-year career, including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. In recognition of his service to the University of Melbourne, Ian was elected Emeritus Professor on his departure. More recently, he joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner when Deloitte acquired Access Economics in March 2011.
From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. In January 2011, he was appointed as one of three panelists to the Independent Review of State Finances by the Baillieu Government of Victoria.
Ian Harper is sought after as a commentator and public speaker on economic and financial issues. He has been described as “one of those relatively rare academics who can communicate extremely well with both the business community and the academic community”.
In 2000, Ian was elected to a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in recognition of his standing as an academic economist and more recently to a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.