About The Authors

Romeo Salla completed Honours and Master’s Degrees in Commerce (Economics major) at the University of Melbourne before moving to Canberra to work as an Economist with the Commonwealth Department of Treasury. After a few years he was promoted within the federal bureaucracy to the position of Senior Economist with the Industry Commission (now Productivity Commission). Since 1996 he has been employed as a Senior Teacher and Head of Faculty at large private schools in Melbourne, with his most recent position as a senior teacher of VCE and IB Economics at Geelong Grammar. School. Romeo has held positions of responsibility with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as an assessor of final examinations and is a prolific writer of assessment material in Economics. He is the founder of the website www.economicstutor.com.au, has contributed to various publications, and regularly presents to Economics teachers and students on behalf of the VCTA and CPAP. Romeo is also the author of the CPAP Study Guide to VCE Economics, co­author of Monumental Humanities 3 (Cambridge) and co-author of Economic Fundamentals in Australia (CPAP). He has also developed the popular Smartphone App (Economics Tutor) containing 1000+ multiple choice and short answer questions.

Timmee Grinham completed a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Politics majors) with Honours in Politics and a Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash University, Melbourne. Following her undergraduate studies, Timmee worked towards a PhD in Women’s Studies, during which time she was employed as a Tutor and sessional Lecturer, and her interest in gender and development issues is also reflected in her contributions to this textbook. Timmee was the Assistant Editor of the Australian Tax Forum during her undergraduate studies, and she worked as an editor for the Monash Postgraduate Association, acquiring skills she brought to the co-editing of this textbook. Since completing her Graduate Diploma in Education, Timmee has worked as a senior Commerce (Economics and Business Management) and Humanities teacher at several schools including, Ruyton Girls’ School, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School and Balwyn High School. Since becoming a teacher, Timmee has contributed to various publications and presented professional development sessions to other teachers of Economics and is the author of the quarterly CPAP Updates for VCE Economics Units 3 and 4. Timmee has worked as an assessor of final examinations in VCE Economics and Business Management, and, since 2011, has been a member of the Economics Advisory Group of the VCTA. Timmee is currently teaching VCE Economics at Fintona Girls’ School.

Christopher Christies completed a Bachelor of Economics degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education at Monash University. He has taught in government, Catholic and independent schools, and in both co-educational and single gender settings for over 20 years. During this time he has also served as Head of Humanities & Business Studies. Since 2014 he has taught at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. Christopher has held positions of responsibility with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as an assessor of final examinations and was a member of the panel of experts that developed the new VCE Economics Study Design (2017-2021) and advice for teachers. He is a regular contributor to the VCTA’s COMPAK journal and writes examinations for commercial publications. A particular area of interest is the application of economic insights to explain ostensibly non­economic phenomena.