He joins 37 other new Fellows elected to the Academy – a group of over 700 of Australia’s leading researchers and professionals across the social science disciplines.
New Fellows are elected by their peers, on the basis of a sustained and internationally distinguished contribution to their field.
In the case of Professor Barrett, this contribution relates to his decades of work on the economics of inequality.
“My research program has focused on measuring inequality, poverty and welfare, and assessing policies which aim to alleviate poverty and promote economic wellbeing,” he said.
“This research has involved both the development of new econometric methods and their application in evaluating of the impacts of policies and institutions.”
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose, said: “Along with my colleagues in the Faculty, I congratulate Professor Barrett on his well-deserved election to the Academy.
“His long-term research on economic inequality and income support—published in some of the most esteemed economic journals—has real-world implications, demonstrating the importance of the social sciences.
“We are proud to support Garry’s academic pursuits, which began at this University, where he completed his Bachelor of Economics (Hons).”
Professor Barrett said: “It is a terrific honour to be elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. The Academy promotes excellence in scholarship and provides evidence-based advice on social policy. I very much look forward to contributing to the Academy’s activities in support of social science research in Australia.”
Founded in 1971, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia provides advice to governments on issues of national importance; promotes understanding and awareness of the social sciences; and coordinates international cooperation and collaboration in the social sciences.