Dr Duncan Ironmonger AM FASSA


Duncan Ironmonger is Director of the Households Research Unit in the University of Melbourne which in 1991 he established in the Department of Economics where he is Honorary Principal Fellow and Associate Professor. He has a Master of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His economic and statistical career began more than 60 years ago in the Bureau of Statistics in Canberra. In 1966 he left the Bureau to join Ronald Henderson at the University of Melbourne as Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Subsequently he was appointed Reader in Applied Economic Research. He became Deputy Director of the Institute in 1972 and ran it for five years after Henderson retired in 1979. At the Institute he was responsible for developing and publishing macroeconomic forecasts of the Australian economy and was the foundation Editor of the Australian Economic Review.

He has been the Australian representative on the United Nations World Project LINK since 1978 and hosted LINK’s meeting in Melbourne in 1987. Other international collaborations include Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania 1970-71, Japan Foundation visitor to Japan 1977, visits to China in 1983 for the Australia-China Council and in 1986 as Australia-China exchange visiting fellow. Since 1986 his major research has been in household economics, specialising on time use, household input-output tables and household satellite national accounts, estimates of Gross Household Product (GHP), and modelling the role of the household economy in the total economic system. In time use statistics his interests cover national time accounts, volunteering time and travel time.

He has been Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Family Studies since 2009. In 2013 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia “For significant service to economics as a researcher, author and academic”.

Dr Ironmonger was a consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 2004 to 2007 and was member of the Australian National Commission, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), from 1977 to 1984 where he was Chairman of the Social Sciences Program Group, 1980-1982. He has also been a consultant to UNDP, the United Nations Development Program, to United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and to AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development. He has been a consultant to statistical agencies in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland and New Zealand.

Research Interests
•    Household Economics
•    Time Use Statistics
•    Household Demography
•    Macroeconomics

Journal Articles
1.    Bitman, M., Ironmonger, D. 2011 "Valuing Time: A Conference Overview", Social Indicators Research, 101 (2) : pp. 173 - 183 .
2.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2011 "The Interaction Between Household and Market Work in Economic Downturns",Dialogue, 30 (1) : pp. 45 - 52 .
3.    IRONMONGER, D., SOUPOURMAS, F. 2009 "Estimating household production outputs with time use episode data",Electronic International Journal of Time Use Research, 6 (2) : pp. 240 - 267 .
4.    Ironmonger, D., Norman, P. 2008 "Improvements in Transport Infrastructure are Designed to Increase Travel Speed: Comments on 'The Myth of Travel Time Saving'", Transport Reviews, 28 (6) : pp. 694 - 698 .

1.    Ironmonger, D. 2008 "A System of Time Accounts for Melbourne Second Edition"
2.    Anderson, D. 2008 "Public Transport Statistics for Melbourne, New Estimates of Passenger Trips, 1998-2001"
3.    Ironmonger, D. 2008 "The economic value of volunteering in Queensland, Updated report - May 2008"
4.    Ironmonger, D. 2008“International Enclopedia of the Social & Behaviour Science and “Time Use” (2008) (The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics).
5.    Latigo, A. Ironmonger, D. 2004 “The Missing Link in Growth and Sustainable Development: Closing the Gender Gap"

1.    Hoa, T., Ironmonger, D. 2005 "Equivalence Scales: A Household Production Approach", Advances in Household Economics, Consumer Behaviour and Economic Policy, .
2.    Ironmonger, D., Soupourmas, F. 2003 "Married households and gross household product", Marriage and the economy. Theory and evidence from advanced industrial societies, pp. 293 - 317 .

Conference Publications
1.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2009 "Using Time Use Episode Data to Estimate Household Production Outputs", 31st Conference of the International Association for Time Use Research
2.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2003 "Counting and valuing household outputs: towards the development of personal consumption diaries", "Time use research, comparing time"
3.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2003 "National time accounts: the dynamic modelling of time use using continuous time use surveys", "Time use research, comparing time"
4.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2003 "Progress in the development of the methodology of the national accounts of household production", Integrating the value of household production into national accounts
5.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2003 "The market and the household economy", Consumption and employment
6.    Ironmonger, Duncan 2003 "There are only 24 hours in a day! Solving the problematic of simultaneous time", "Time use research, comparing time"

Working Papers
•    Duncan Ironmonger "The Economic Value of Volunteering in South Australia" (2011)
•    Duncan Ironmonger "The Economic Value of Volunteering in Western Australia " (2009)
•    Duncan Ironmonger, Jennings, Lloyd-smith "Global projections of household numbers using age determined ratios" (2004)