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Mark Harrison

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									                               Mark Harrison
Personal Details

Date of birth          18 March, 1961

Place of birth         London, England

Citizenship            Australian

Contact details        35 Banambila Street,
                       Aranda ACT 2614
                       Phone (02) 6251-3477 Mobile 0403 856988
                       FAX (02) 6251-3477 (phone first)

Educational Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy Department of Economics, University of Chicago. Conferred

Master of Arts         Department of Economics, University of Chicago. Conferred 1987.

Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) Australian National University.
                   Conferred 1983.

Overview of professional experience

I have 25 years experience in undertaking applied economic research and providing
policy advice as a public servant, academic and consultant. I have a PhD in economics
from the University of Chicago and taught economics for ten years at the Australian
National University (ANU) and the University of Chicago. I have been a visiting
researcher at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, the George Stigler
Centre for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago and the
Productivity Commission and Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
in the Australian Government.

The focus of my career has always been on policy oriented economic research that
evaluates the efficiency, effectiveness and distributional effects of government policies. I
taught applied microeconomics, public economics and the economics of education at the
ANU and have undertaken research and consultancies in these fields.

For most of the past decade I have been an independent economic consultant, specializing
in the economics of education (which uses all my areas of expertise: public economics,
labour economics and industrial organisation) and cost-benefit analysis. I have written
many reports that explain the effects of complex government interventions and possible
reforms – for both other professional economists and non-economists.

Employment and Education History

December 2009-Present Director, Economics and Strategic Advisory, Deloitte
   • I have setting up a new Economics branch in Canberra, with Henry Ergas and
     Alex Robson.

1998, 2000-November 2009 Principal, Consultecon Pty Ltd (freelance economic

   •   Also teaching Economics 3 (Honours) advanced microeconomics course at School
       of Economics, Australian National University semester 2, 2009.

May 2007-April 2009 Visiting Researcher, Productivity Commission, Australian
Commonwealth Public Service
  • Worked with Office of Best Practice Regulation’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit to
      draft an appendix on Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Best Practice Regulation
      Handbook (Appendix B, Cost-benefit analysis, pp.115-34 Best Practice
      Regulation Handbook , available at:, provide training
      and assist Departments with Regulatory Impact Assessment analysis. Also wrote a
      forthcoming paper which provides an analytical framework and empirical
      evidence to determine the appropriate discount rate to use in cost-benefit analysis
      discount). Also worked on greenhouse gas policy, behavioural economics, cost-
      benefit analysis of health policy, parental leave and fertility trends.

July-October 2004 Visiting senior economist, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and
Resource Economics, Australian Commonwealth Public Service
      • Worked on the treatment of economic growth in global computable general
          equilibrium models used to evaluate greenhouse gas policy.

January 2003 – April 2004 Visiting Research Advisor, Productivity Commission,
Australian Commonwealth Public Service
      • Worked on naval shipbuilding, social capital, aged care and housing.

1990 – 1997, 1999 Lecturer, Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and
Commerce, Australian National University.
       • Appointed to a tenured position in 1996.
       • Courses taught include microeconomics, public economics, the economics of
          education and applied microeconomic policy at the graduate and
          undergraduate level. I taught a large class of 220-450 students each year from
          1991 to1997.
       • Member of the ACT Economics Course Accreditation Panel, for college level
          courses, 1994-97.
       • Convener of Graduate Diploma in Economics and Graduate Diploma in Public
          Economic Policy programmes, 1993-1995.
       • Research Associate, Centre for Independent Studies. Contributed to the Taking
          Children Seriously project.

1995 John M. Olin Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago.
      • At the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State,
         Graduate School of Business. September to December.

1986 – 90 Graduate Student, Department of Economics, University of Chicago
       • Awarded Century Fellowship by the University of Chicago, 1986 – 90.
       • Preliminary examinations (main fields of specialisation) were in industrial
          organisation and labour economics.
       • My thesis, “Capital Market Imperfections and Government Intervention in the
          Student Loan Market”, was in the fields of public finance of education/
          microeconomic theory. My thesis committee was Professors Gary Becker,
          Sherwin Rosen (chairman) and Robert Willis.
       • Visitor, Department of Economics, Research School of Social Sciences,
          Australian National University, January – March 1989.
       • Teaching assistant in Graduate Microeconomics, Department of Economics,
          University of Chicago for Gary Becker, October – December 1988.

1986, June – September 1988 Principal Research Officer, Industries Assistance
Commission (now Productivity Commission), Commonwealth Government of
Australia, Canberra.
       • Conducted policy oriented economic research examining the effects of various
           government interventions.
       • Worked on Petroleum Products inquiry (1986), including work on road pricing
           and intermediate input taxation.
       • Worked on Government Charges and Services Sector inquiries (1988),
           including work on price discrimination, cross subsidies and multi-product
       • Worked on general trade policy reform issues for annual reports and various

1984 – 85 Tutor (full-time) Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and
Commerce, Australian National University. Also part-time, June – September 1988.
       • Taught first, second and third year micro- and macro-economics.

1983 – 84 Industries Assistance Commission, Canberra.
       • Commenced as Research Officer in March 1983 in Policy Co-ordination and
           Development Division.
       • Promoted to Senior Research Officer in August 1983.
       • Promoted to Principal Research Officer in June 1984.
       • Work included Sugar Industry inquiry (1983), Mining Information Paper
           (1984) and various annual reports, including work on resource rent taxes,
           quota and tariff protection, and the operation of the sugar industry land
           assignment, pooling and domestic price schemes.

1979 – 1982 Undergraduate Student, Australian National University
       • Studied economics and law

       •   Reserve Bank Honours Scholarship for my honours year in economics, 1982.
           This included working in the Research Department of the Reserve Bank over
           summer 1981-82.
       •   Shell Company Prize for Economics, 1979. Economic Society Prize 1980.
       •   Honours thesis, “Effects of real wage indexation in a small open economy”,
           was in the field of international economics.

Consulting Experience
At Deloitte I have undertaken consultancies on telecommunications regulation, road
pricing, modelling the implications of declining international student numbers, reviewing
defence expenditure models, spectrum auctions, the mining boom and minerals taxation,
merger and acquisitions review, and establishment of a PNG Communications Regulator.
I also helped write Deloitte papers on the Henry Tax Review and Budget.

Clients served include Telstra, Infrastructure Australia, Department of Education
Employment, and Workplace Relations, Defence Materiel Organisation, National
Australia Bank and Freehills,

The following lists some of the consultancies I have undertaken for Consultecon and as
an academic.

Review of Preventative Health Taskforce Report November 2009
   • For Philip Morris
   • Review included effects of tobacco taxation and preventative health measures

Welfare reform in New Zealand May – December 2006
  • Report for the New Zealand Business Roundtable
  • The first part estimates the marginal cost of redistribution in New Zealand,
      examining the costs of increasing redistributive programmes, taking taxes and
      incentive effects into account.
  • The second part examines the implications for welfare policy, taxation levels and
      the desirability of economic growth of approaches used by critics of standard
      economics (such as behavioural economics, endogenous preferences and
      happiness research).

Cost-Benefit study of the Belconnen to City Busway November – December 2005
   • A report to the ACT Planning and Land Authority
   • Examined the costs and benefits of building a proposed Busway, a dedicated
      corridor system for public transport, within Canberra.

Education Reform in Oman June – December 2005
   • Prepared reports as leader of an Ernst and Young team for the Oman Ministry of
      Higher Education and Council of Higher Education. The reports were part of the
      Oman Council of Higher Education’s Expenditure Rationalization and
      Optimization project and the Ministry of Higher Education’s Cost Analysis Study
      for Implementation of the Proposed Strategic Plan for Education 2006-2020
      project. My role was to:

   •   Build a model providing an overview of the Oman education system, including
       current and future demand for education services, and the services currently being
       supplied to meet that demand;
   •   Forecast future education enrolments, expenditure and revenue;
   •   Evaluate the current financial structure and identify options for reducing costs and
       increasing enrolment using the existing education infrastructure;
   •   Determine the financial implications of the Strategy for the Development of
       Education; and
   •   Outline a private sector participation plan for increasing the involvement of the
       private sector in the provision and funding of education services, including public-
       private partnerships.

Trends in Australia’s export performance May – June 2005
(joint with Leanne Holmes)
    • Wrote a report to be used as an introductory chapter for ABARE’s Australia’s
        agricultural, mining, manufacturing and services exports and their future
    • The report set out trends in Australia’s export performance over the past 14 years.
        It analysed changes in the value and volume of aggregate exports, as well as in
        each of the agriculture, mining, manufacturing and services sectors. It also
        examined Australia’s role in world export markets and changes in Australia’s
        export markets.

The Qatar Endowment Fund for Health and Education December 2004 – February
   • The Emir of Qatar wanted to set up a foundation to fund, in perpetuity, the health
      needs and educational ambitions of the citizens of Qatar.
   • I helped develop and implement a model to predict future education costs with
      LECG (Law and Economics Consulting Group).

Business Case for a permanent site for Floriade November-December 2004
   • Prepared report for Australian Capital Tourism
   • Examined the costs and benefits likely to flow from a proposal to invest $12m in
      permanent infrastructure to upgrade Commonwealth Park and establish it as a
      permanent site for Floriade (Canberra’s premier tourist event and one of the
      country’s major floral festivals).
   • The report estimated the benefits from increased tourism activity, from a better
      park, from a permanent home for Floriade. It also examined the costs and benefits
      of building a fence to make the Park excludable and of introducing an entry fee.

Cost-benefit study of an ACT Prison October-December 2002
   • Prepared report for ACT Corrective Services, Department of Justice and
      Community Safety
   • The ACT keeps its unsentenced prisoners in an aging remand centre and pays
      NSW to house its sentenced prisoners in NSW prisons. The study assessed the
      costs and benefits of allowing present arrangements to continue, a new remand
      centre, a new remand centre with provision to expand to a comprehensive facility
      and a new comprehensive correctional facility for remandees and sentenced

Performance Audit of Canberra’s V8 super car race for the ACT Auditor-General’s
Office, March-June 2002
        • Prepared analysis for and wrote the bulk of the ACT Auditor-General’s report,
          V8 Car Races in Canberra – Costs and Benefits, Report No.5, July 2002;
        • The report includes a review of the Cabinet submission and supporting
          analyses that led to the establishment of the race, a detailed cost benefit
          analysis, and guidance on a suitable methodology for future analysis of this
          and other tourism related events.
        • The report is available at:

        • In a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia,
          Brisbane, 6 November 2002. Gary Banks, Chairman of the Productivity
          Commission wrote:
              “Indeed, contrary to public proclamations at the time, subsidising the race
              actually yielded a net loss to the ACT community of more than $11
              million over three years. It was only after this was exposed publicly that
              the event was abandoned. Why was the sort of analysis conducted so
              expertly by the Auditor-General not undertaken when it was most needed
              — before taxpayers’ money was wasted?”
              Inter-State bidding wars: calling a truce, available at:

New Zealand Education Forum project on Education Reform, 2000-03.
     • Major project on education reform, culminating in the publication of a book,
         Education Matters: Government, Markets and New Zealand Education, in
         February 2004, available at:
     • It is a comprehensive overall examination of the education system and the
         proper role for government;
     • Empirical evidence and economic analysis is used to appraise the current New
         Zealand education system and to identify problems and the key attributes of
         successful and lasting reforms. An optimal structure for ownership, regulation
         and funding of schools is derived and a reform plan for schooling is set out.

Review of Smithfield Project reports, August 1998.
      • The Smithfield Project reports were prepared for the Ministry of Education,
          New Zealand.
      • Reviews the eight Smithfield reports and two associated papers on the effects
          of the Tomorrow’s Schools reforms in New Zealand for the Ministry.

Reforming indirect taxes: a rail freight perspective, February 1998
      • Report prepared for Freightcorp, through the Centre for International
         Economics, on the implications for Freightcorp of the tax reform agenda,
         including the replacement of wholesale sales taxes, payroll tax or diesel fuel
         excise with a GST and changes in Commonwealth-State financial relations
      • I researched and wrote the bulk of report (the rest was the CIE’s econometric
         modelling simulations)

Policy Directions for Tertiary Education, February 1998
       • Submission for the New Zealand Education Forum on the Ministry of
          Education Green Paper entitled A Future Tertiary Education Policy for New
          Zealand: Tertiary Education Review.
       • The submission examines goals and policy directions, financing tuition and
          research, regulation (especially quality regulation) and provision of tertiary
          education in New Zealand. The Ministry’s proposals are appraised and policy
          recommendations made.
       • Available at:


Review of Tertiary Funding Arrangements and Options for Change, September
      • Report to the New Zealand Treasury.
      • Analysed current interventions and developed a range of options for the
          reform of government ownership, funding and regulation of tertiary
          institutions in New Zealand.

The Funding of Teaching Services in Higher Education, August 1997
      • Commissioned paper for the Review of Higher Education Financing and
         Policy (the West Review)
      • Published as Appendix 15 in Learning for Life: A Policy Discussion Paper,
         Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy, 1997. Available at:
      • Sets out a broad assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current
         arrangements for the financing of higher education teaching services in
         Australia and the pros and cons of alternative arrangements. Includes an
         examination of specific rationales for government intervention, objectives for
         public policy, features of education and the incentive effects of different
         regulatory frameworks.

Management Training and Higher Education: An Economic Perspective, May 1993.
     • Commissioned paper for the Higher Education Sub-committee of the Industry
        Taskforce on Leadership and Management Skills (Karpin Committee).
     • Sets out an economic analysis of current arrangements for the funding and
        regulation of management training in higher education and pluses and minuses
        of major reform options, including the costs and benefits of accreditation.
     • Published as chapter 12, pp.471-520 Enterprising Nation, Research Reports
        volume 1, Industry Taskforce on Leadership and Management Skills (Karpin
        Committee), April 1995.

Foreign Investment, with special emphasis on the Beef Industry, July 1989
      • Report prepared for Elders IXL through the Centre for International
          Economics on the effects of government regulation of foreign investment

Publications and speeches

Refereed publications
“Assessing the Impact of Regulatory Impact Assessments” Agenda, vol.16, no.3,
September 2009, pp.41-49.

“Public Problems, Private Solutions: School Choice and its Consequences” Cato Journal,
vol. 25, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2005) pp.197-215.

“Competition, Regulation and Private Schools” Australian Economic Review, vol. 38, no.1,
March 2005, pp.66-74.

“Quantity competition with access fees” (with J. Kline). International Journal of Industrial
Organisation v.19, issue 3-4, March, 2001 pp. 345-373.

“Government financing of higher education in Australia: rationale and performance”
Australian Economic Review, June 1997, v.30, no.2, pp.225-39.

“Default in Guaranteed Student Loan Programs” Journal of Student Financial Aid, v.25,
no.2, Spring 1995, pp.25-41.

“Higher Education Reform in Australia” Policy, Spring 1993 pp.28-32.

“The Importance of Student Loans Programs in the U.S.” September 1993, Higher
Education Policy, v.6, no.3. pp.28-35.

Books and monographs
Valuing the Future: the social discount rate in cost-benefit analysis, Productivity
Commission Visiting Researcher Paper, April 2010

The Outcomes of Income Transfers. June 2007, New Zealand Business Roundtable.
Available at:

Education Matters: Government, Markets and New Zealand Education. February 2004,
New Zealand Education Forum. Available at:

“A Private Education for All” Centre for Independent Studies Occasional Papers no.56.
February 1996. ISBN 1 86432 041 1. Over 3,000 copies were distributed to high schools
across Australia and New Zealand.

Chapters in books

“Education” Chapter 8 pp.159-97 in Capital Ideas, edited D. Hughes and R. Albon,
Federalism Research Centre, ANU, 1993. ISBN 0 7315 1846 2.

Review articles

“Some Economic Perspectives on School Reform” Agenda 1996, v.3, no.2, pp.219-28. A
Review Article on E. West Education and the State and E. Hanushek Making Schools
Work: Improving Performance and Controlling Costs.

“Lessons in School Reform: Recent American Writings on Education” Agenda, 1994 v.1,
no.1, pp.91-100. A Review Article on J. Chubb and T. Moe Politics, Markets and
America's Schools, M. Lieberman Public education: An Autopsy and T. Sowell Inside
American Education: The Decline, The Deception, The Dogmas.

Other publications
“Discussion of Motivation and Behaviour” April 2008 Behavioural Economics and Public
Policy Roundtable Proceedings, Melbourne, 8-9 August 2007, pp.55-63.

“The influence of Friedman’s ideas on Australia’s education policy” pp.19-24 in Milton
Friedman: A Tribute, Occasional Paper no. 106,Centre for Independent Studies, December

“Why subsidise borrowing?” Subtext, September 28, 2005. Available at:

“Intercepting money thrown at schools: why teacher unions are bad for students and
teachers” Education Forum Briefing Papers June 2005. Available at:

“Schooling in the market” Education Forum Briefing Papers no.13, September 2005.
Available at:

“Regulation of private schools” Education Forum Briefing Papers no.10, May 2005.
Available at:

“Telling Tales” Review of When Schools Compete. A Cautionary Tale by Edward B.
Fiske and Helen F. Ladd, Brookings Institution Press, Washington D.C. 2000. Education
Matters v.1, no.2, Summer 2001, pp.84-86. Available at:

Review of The Future of Schools: Lessons from the Reform of Public Education by Brian
Caldwell and Don Hayward. Policy Winter 1998 p.47-8.

‘Revealing Secrets: Information Provision in Public and Market Systems of Education’ in
Excellence Isn’t Optional New Zealand Business Roundtable, October 1998 pp.195-228.
Available at:

“Deregulating Universities” Directions in Education, v.6, no.1, p.2, 22 November 1996.

“Education Finance: a residual system for the poor?” Directions in Education, v.5, no.6,
p.1, 10 May, 1996.

“Put out to tender?” Directions in Education, v.3, no.9, p.3, 2 December, 1994.

“Economic Irrationalism” Institute of Public Affairs Review, v.47, no.2, pp.56- 9, October
1994. A review of S. Marginson Education and Public Policy in Australia.

“Capital market imperfections and government intervention in the student loan market”
October 1991 ANU Working Paper no. 236.

“Response to Clarke and Ng” Policy, Autumn 1991.

“Immigration, quota auctions and the labour market: a response to Leo Dobes” Policy,
Summer 1990.

“Auctioning the Immigration Quota” Policy, Winter 1989.

“Usury and Abusory - Some aspects of the N.S.W. Consumer Credit Legislation” Bulletin
of Money, Banking and Finance, 1985-6, no. 3.

“The FID, the BAD and the Ugly - the Economic Effects of the Recent Financial Institution
Taxes” by Mark Harrison and Chris Jones Bulletin of Money, Banking and Finance,
1984-5, no. 2.

Petroleum Products report (IAC 1986). Two appendices entitled “The Inefficiency of
Intermediate Input Taxation” and “Pricing and Investment Issues Relating to Provision of

Newspaper feature articles
“Why income transfers boost taxes and reduce growth” National Business Review, 6 July,
2007.Available at:

“The Seven Deadly Sins of Government-Funded Schools” Cato Daily Commentary,
August 15, 2005. Also published in
Chattanooga Times Free Press on August 14, 2005.

“Why teachers should support the market” National Business Review, May 21, 2004.
Available at:

“Teachers' unions are largely to blame for state schools' problems, not lack of funding”
The Australian, Monday May 17, 2004. Available at:

“If shops resembled schools” Canberra Times, p.15 Thursday November 24, 1994.
Reprinted by request in: Otago Daily Times January 31, 1995; New Zealand Herald
February 14, 1995; Swings and Roundabouts February 1995; The Open Polytechnic of New
Zealand distance education course Economic Reasoning; Principal Matters v.7, no.1, July,
1995 p.34; Education Digest, v.3, no.2, pp.193-4 August 1995; “Markets and Government”
in Management in Education, v.10, no.1, February 1996; Organisation for Quality
Education Forum, v.6, no.4, March 1998, p.6; The Parent Network Newsletter, January
1998. Available on the web at:

“Schools thrive on autonomy” Canberra Times, p.9 Tuesday October 26, 1993.

“Schools policy on wrong track” Canberra Times, p.11 Monday October 25, 1993.

Public lectures, presentations and courses for non-economists
‘The discount rate for evaluating government investment projects’ Bond University, Public
Private Partnership Executive Program, Tuesday 22 June, 2010, Brisbane.
 ‘Cost-Benefit Analysis’ Office of Best Practice Regulation presentation to Public Interest
Advocacy Council, Sydney, June 8, 2007.

‘The influence of Friedman’s ideas on Australia’s education policy’ Centre For
Independent Studies Tribute to Milton Friedman, Sydney, 12 March 2007. A video of my
talk is available at: and an mp3 file at:

‘What policy economists do” Presentation to new recruits at Productivity Commission,
Canberra, 18 October, 2006.

“Why increased competition is the best way to improve Australia’s schools” Presentation to
session on Private Pathways – Schools, Markets and Competition, Centre for Independent
Studies Consilium, Coolum, 10 – 13 August, 2006.

“Cost Analysis Study for Implementation of the Proposed Strategic Plan for Education
2006-2020” Presentation of Report to the Ministers and Under-Secretaries of Finance and
Higher Education, Ministry of Finance, Muscat, Oman, 13 November, 2005.

Speech at book launch for Education Matters: Government, Markets and New Zealand
Schools. Wellington 24 February and Auckland 25 February, 2004. Available at:

Economics section of the Centre for Independent Studies Liberty and Society Seminar.
Sydney, July 16-18 1999; Melbourne April 20-22 2001.

Presentation on “The Economic Returns to Education” Ausaid Canberra Office,
December 7, 1999.

“A Private Education for All” Centre for Independent Studies Bert Kelly lecture,
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hobart, Tasmania, November 1994.

Invited conference presentations
“Valuing the Future: Choosing the Discount Rate in Cost-Benefit Analysis” Presentation
to Regulatory Development Branch seminar series, ACCC, January 11 2008, Melbourne.

“Valuing the Future: Choosing the Discount Rate in Cost-Benefit Analysis” Presentation to
Office of Best Practice Regulation’s Cost-Benefit Analysis Conference, 21 November
2007, Canberra. Power Point presentation of my talk available at:

“Valuing the Future: Choosing the Discount Rate in Cost-Benefit Analysis” Productivity
Commission Seminar Series, 14 November, 2007. Canberra.

Discussant on Bruno Frey’s “Motivation Crowding Theory: A New Approach to
Behaviour” Productivity Commission’s Roundtable on Behavioural Economics and
Public Policy, Melbourne, August 9, 2007.

“The Outcomes of Income Transfers” Productivity Commission Seminar Series,
November 20, 2006. Canberra.

“Beating the System” Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Schooling for
the 21st Century Unlocking Human Potential conference, University of Sydney, 28-29
September, 2005. Available at:

“The Economic Benefits of Independent Schooling” Presentation to the Association of
Independent Schools of Victoria Board Planning Conference, The Mansion Hotel,
Werribee, Victoria, March 5, 2005.

“Competition, regulation and private schools” The Melbourne Institute and The
Australian’s Making Schools Better Summit Conference August 26 and 27, 2004 at The
University of Melbourne. Available at:

“Intercepting money thrown at schools: why teacher unions are bad for students and
teachers” HR Nicholls Conference XXV: Melbourne 6-8 August 2004. Available at:

“Education Matters” Presentation to New Zealand Business Roundtable retreat, Auckland,
February 20-21, 2004. Available at:

Discussant on Ladd and Fiske ‘School Choice in New Zealand’. Conference on Charter
Schools, Vouchers, and Public Education Sponsored by: The Program on Education
Policy and Governance, University of Harvard and the Manhattan Institute for Policy
Research. Harvard University, Boston, March 9–10, 2000. Published pp.137-142 in
Cambridge School Choice Conference, Manhattan Institute Conference Series no.5,
available at:

“Revealing Secrets: Information Provision in Public and Market Systems of Education”
New Zealand Independent Schools’ Annual Conference. Wellington 16 May 1998.

“The Funding of Teaching Services in Higher Education” Funding Our Future: Tertiary
Education Financing: Public Policy Options, Gold Coast, 28-28 August1997.

“Financing schooling: public problems and private solutions” National Council of
Independent Schools' Associations Biennial Conference, Alice Springs, September 1996.

“The Higher Education Contribution Scheme: rationale, analysis and reform” Australian
Conference of Economists, Gold Coast, September 1994.

“Reforming the financing of primary and secondary education in Australia” Centre for
Independent Studies conference on education: Not Just a Passing Fashion - Autonomy,
Competition and Parental Choice, Menzies Hotel, Sydney, November 24, 1993.

“The Costs and Benefits of Accreditation and the Role of Government Funding” ANZAM
Symposium on: Accreditation and Innovation of MBAs: Implications of the Karpin
Inquiry, Griffith University, Brisbane, August 1993

Television appearances
“Education reform” New Zealand TV1 morning Business Show, February 2004.

“Evaluating sporting events: V8 supercars” Insight, SBS, November 2003

“Auctioning the immigration quota” Good Morning Australia, July 1987

I have also given over twenty radio interviews and guest appearances on talk back radio.

Professional responsibilities
Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of School Choice (from December 2007),
Referee for Journal of Political Economy, The Economic Record, Agenda, Policy,
Australian Economic Review, Centre for Independent Studies, the Aboriginal Economic
Policy Research Centre (ANU), Australian Research Council, New Zealand Education
Forum and Menzies Research Centre.


Ralph Lattimore
Assistant Commissioner
Productivity Commission
Phone (02) 62403242

I worked with Ralph while a Visiting Researcher at the Productivity Commission.

Dr Chris Jones
Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics
Australian National University
Phone: (02) 6125-3368 (W)
       (02) 6249-7483 (H)

I worked with Chris at the ANU and he can comment on my academic career.

Dr David Hughes
Chief Economic Adviser to Malcolm Turnbull,
Leader of the Opposition
62 Darwinia Terrace
Chapman ACT 2611

Phone: (02) 6288 5625 (H)
       0405 446 912 (mobile)
E-mail: or
I worked on a number of consulting jobs with David, and he can comment on my
consulting career.


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