Luke Gower

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Luke Gower

Honorary Fellow (Modelling Prices and Risk)

Macquarie Applied Finance Centre


About Luke Gower

PhD(ANU) BCom(Hons 1)(Wollongong)

Luke is an Associate Director in Financial Risk Management at KPMG and has 20years experience in various research and risk management roles. Luke is heavily involved in liquidity and market risk management projects for several banks.

Prior to that, Luke worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Institutional Equities and Market Risk Management, with responsibilities including managing all CBA market risk models and overhauling CBA’s model policy. Luke has also previously worked for eight years at the Reserve Bank of Australia, at which he represented RBA at numerous international conferences.

Luke holds a PhD in economics from The Australian National University, with research interests in financial risk management, economic growth, micro and macroeconomic performance, and international finance.


  • “The Impact of Rating Changes on Australian Securities Markets”, (with Adam Creighton and Anthony Richards) Research Discussion Paper, Reserve Bank of Australia, #2004-02 (2004)
  • “Currency Crises and Macroeconomic Performance” (with Alan Krause), Research Discussion Paper #2002-08, Reserve Bank of Australia (2002)
  • “Some Structural Causes of Japan’s Banking Problems”, Research Discussion Paper #2000-03, Reserve Bank of Australia (2000)
  • “Displaced Capital and Japanese Economic Growth” (with Dominic Wilson), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 14(2), pp. 105-120 (2000)
  • “National Saving: Trends and Policy” (with Malcolm Edey) The Australian Macroeconomy in the 1990s, D.Gruen and S. Shrestha (eds.), Sydney: Reserve Bank of Australia (2000)
  • Capital Flows and the International Financial System (ed. with D. Gruen), The Reserve Bank of Australia (1999)
  • The Japanese Economy (ed. with P. Drysdale), volumes 1 to 8, London: Routledge (1998)
  • “Did Japanese Main Banks Improve the Technical Efficiencies of Their Non-Financial Client Firms During the 1980s?” (with K. Kalirajan), Japan and the World Economy, 10(4): 455-466 (1998)
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