Thomas Valentine, one of Australia’s most noted academic economists, died July 22, 2016. He was 73.

Valentine graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Sydney University in 1964. He earned a master’s degree in 1968 and a Ph.D. degree in 1972 in economics from Princeton. From 1970 to 1981, he taught at the University of Western Ontario and the Australian National University.

In 1981, he joined Macquarie University as professorial fellow and director of the Centre for Studies in Money, Banking, and Finance. From 1989 to 1994, he was professor of finance and director of the Centre for Applied Finance at the Ku-Ring-Gai College of Advanced Education, and then was professor of finance at the University of Technology, Sydney.

From 1995 to 2005, he helped build the economics and finance program at the University of Western Sydney as dean of the commerce department, professor of banking and finance, chair of the Board of Studies for the College of Law and Business, and director of the Centre for Applied Finance. He was the author of more than 17 books and 95 refereed papers.

Valentine made significant contributions to economic policy that brought some of the most forward-looking structural changes in Australia, including as a consultant to royal commissions and other official inquiries.

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