Reuben Finighan

2016 CBA JOHN MONASH SCHOLAR

Reuben holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne, with double First Class Honours. Reuben is interested in helping change the way we think about policy problems by forging a cross-disciplinary synthesis across economics, psychology and philosophy. He was part of Harvard Professor Robert Putnam’s research team for the book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” (a ground-breaking examination of the growing inequality gap) and has co-authored papers with both Putnam and Lord Nicolas Stern (London School of Economics). He currently works as a Senior Research Officer at the Melbourne Institute at The University of Melbourne, and is co-authoring a book on the history and future of capitalism and democracy with Professor Ross Garnaut AC. Reuben will commence a PhD in Economics in 2017 at the London School of Economics with the intention of becoming a thought leader in Australian policymaking. As a recipient of the additional Leverhulme Trust scholarship, Reuben will also be affiliated with LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute which provides strategic leadership and co-ordination on the inter-disciplinary analysis of inequalities. He hopes to research how decision-making strategies, both in the market and in the political arena, affect our economy and political systems.