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Professor Jonathan Pincus
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Jonathan Pincus is Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, and an independent economic researcher and consultant.
He was educated in Brisbane, Australia, and at Stanford University, where he took his PhD in 1972 (which won the Columbia-Nevins prize awarded by the American Economic History Association). Jonathan is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is listed in the international Who’s Who in Economics, 1986 to date.
From 2002 through 2007, Jonathan was Principal Adviser Research at the [Australian] Productivity Commission in both Melbourne and Canberra. At Adelaide University in the 1990s, he was Professor and Head of Economics and Convenor of Academic Board. Previously, Jonathan was Professor and Head of Economic History at Flinders University; Fellow in Economic History at the Australian National University; a researcher at the Center for the Study of Public Choice (Virginia, USA); and Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford. He was a member of the Priorities Review Staff of the Whitlam government. Upon leaving high school, his first job was with BP Australia for six years.
He has published scholarly works mainly in public choice, fiscal federalism and economic history. His opinion piece on the national broadband network appeared in The Australian on 20 August 2010. His paper with Henry Ergas and Mark Harrison on mining taxes won the prize for the best article in 2010 Economic Papers. He and Ergas followed up with a paper disputing the claim that royalties were very inefficient. Pincus has published extensively on federal finance, including on fiscal equalisation. With Graeme Hugo, he edited and contributed to a report for CEDA in 2012 entitled A Greater Australia.
His current research with Perry Shapiro and Zack Grossman proposes a novel auction mechanism for the sale of privately-owned, complementary assets, as an alternative to the exercise of eminent domain by government for contestable public-private partnerships (like toll roads). The mechanism is attractive in terms of efficiency and fairness, and can be used to ‘internalise’ local spill-overs from major developmental and infrastructural projects. With Henry Ergas, he is researching for a chapter on nineteenth century infrastructure, for the Cambridge Economic History of Australia; and he is co-supervising a PhD on techno-economic assessments of hybrid energy potential in some industrial process. Access his papers at http://ssrn.com/author=1382920
He was president of the SA Branch of the Economics Society of Australia 2010-12.
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