Dr Sam Wills

D.Phil Economics, University of Oxford
Lecturer

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Sam Wills is a macro- and financial economist studying how countries can better manage their natural resource wealth. His research addresses policy-relevant questions on fiscal, monetary, exchange-rate and sovereign wealth fund policy using both theory and empirics.

As well as the University of Sydney, Sam is affiliated with the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre) and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at ANU (CAMA). Previously Sam was the principal investigator of an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant at the University of Oxford, where he held positions in the Department of Economics and Pembroke College

Sam has advised the World Bank on natural resource policy in Iraq, Libya and Uganda and has also worked with the IMF, the Bank of England, the International Growth Centre, the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. In the private sector he has worked with Taylor Fry Actuaries, Westpac Bank and McKinsey and Co.

Sam completed a D.Phil (Ph.D) in Economics (Oxford) in 2014 as a John Monash Scholar, and was awarded the David Walton award for the top candidate in macroeconomics or finance. He also completed an M.Phil in Economics (Oxford) as a Commonwealth Scholar, and a B.Com in Actuarial Studies and Finance (UNSW) as a Co-Op Scholar, graduating with a High Distinction average, the University Medal and the Investec Prize for the top all-round student.

Research interests

 

  • Primary fields: macroeconomics, financial economics.
  • Secondary fields: natural resource economics, development economics, monetary economics.

Associations

  • Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre
  • ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA).

Selected grants

2013

  • Riding the Boom: How should monetary and fiscal policy manage natural resource wealth?; Wills S; Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)/Future Research Leaders Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Venables, A., Wills, S. (2016). Resource Funds: Stabilising, Parking, and Inter-generational Transfer. Journal of African Economies, 25(Supp 2), ii20-ii40. [More Information]
  • Wills, S., Senbet, L., Simbanegavi, W. (2016). Sovereign Wealth Funds and Natural Resource Management in Africa. Journal of African Economies, 25(Supp 2), ii3-ii19. [More Information]
  • van den Bremer, T., van der Ploeg, F., Wills, S. (2016). The Elephant In The Ground: Managing Oil And Sovereign Wealth. European Economic Review, 82, 113-131. [More Information]
  • Cloyne, J., Thomas, R., Tuckett, A., Wills, S. (2015). An Empirical Sectoral Model of Unconventional Monetary Policy: The Impact of QE. Manchester School, 83(S1), 51-82. [More Information]

2016

  • Venables, A., Wills, S. (2016). Resource Funds: Stabilising, Parking, and Inter-generational Transfer. Journal of African Economies, 25(Supp 2), ii20-ii40. [More Information]
  • Wills, S., Senbet, L., Simbanegavi, W. (2016). Sovereign Wealth Funds and Natural Resource Management in Africa. Journal of African Economies, 25(Supp 2), ii3-ii19. [More Information]
  • van den Bremer, T., van der Ploeg, F., Wills, S. (2016). The Elephant In The Ground: Managing Oil And Sovereign Wealth. European Economic Review, 82, 113-131. [More Information]

2015

  • Cloyne, J., Thomas, R., Tuckett, A., Wills, S. (2015). An Empirical Sectoral Model of Unconventional Monetary Policy: The Impact of QE. Manchester School, 83(S1), 51-82. [More Information]

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