Bruce Chapman is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the ANU College of Business and Economics.

Professor Chapman is an economist and has worked at ANU since 1984. He has extensive experience in public policy, including the motivation and design of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).

His is an expert in higher education financing, labour markets and the economics of public policy.

He has published more than 200 papers on a range of issues, including income contingent loans, long-term unemployment, the meaning of job flows data, the economics of crime, the economics of cricket, fertility, marital separation and government as risk manager.

He was a higher education financing consultant to the World Bank and the governments of Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Canada, the UK, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malaysia, Colombia, the US, Chile and China.

Fields of expertise



Why Biden’s student loan forgiveness doesn’t go far enough

The recent decision by the Biden administration to forgive student debt may help students now but won’t fix…

31 August 2022


Loan schemes in crisis: countries look to HECS for solutions

Countries around the globe are looking to Australia for a solution to growing problems with university student loans. …

25 January 2018

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