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Professor Paul Kerin

Telephone +61 8 8313 4933
Position Adjunct Professor
Fax +61 8 8223 1460
Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 3 27
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Economics

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Biography/ Background

My career has spanned the academic, business, media, public policy, regulatory and not-for-profit sectors. My current roles include Adjunct Professor with the University of Adelaide's School of Economics, non-executive director roles with Diabetes SA and the Down Syndrome Society of S.A. Inc. and member of the Investment Process Committee of funds manager JCP Investment Partners. Former roles include Professor and Head of the University of Adelaide's School of Economics, Professorial Fellow in Strategy at Melbourne Business School, Managing Director of A.T. Kearney in Australia and New Zealand, CEO of the Essential Services Commission of Sout Australia, columnist with The Australian, BRW and Company Director Magazine, member of the Social-Economic Modelling Committee of the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (South Australia), Chairman of Prahran Market and various non-executive directorships. Please refer to my current CV (below) for further details.


I have a Ph.D. in Business Economics and A.M. from Harvard University and Honours (First-class) and Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Adelaide.

Research Interests

My research has focused on applied microeconomics topics, particularly in relation to optimisation of network systems (such as grain handling and transport systems and urban transport systems). Please refer to my CV (below) for more information.


I have published in a range of journals, including: Academy of Management Executive, Australian Economic Review, Australian Quarterly, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Journal of Transport Economics & Policy, Network and Transport Reviews. Please see my CV (below) for a complete list.


I also write regular articles for The Australian. Articles published so far in 2017 include "Households will bear the banks' burden" (about who will really bear the cost of the new levy on banks' liabilities), "Gas curbs to delay reform" (which explains why restrictions on gas exports are are not in the pubic interest), "Unlock energy gridlock" (which argues against re-nationalisation if electricity networks), "Busting end of jobs myth (about the employment impacts of robots and whether universal basic income is a sound policy response), "Coal mine loan a waste of money" (which provides evidence from share price impacts to show that a proposed $1B Federal government loan is unnecessary) and "Go bush, but pay the price (which critiques proposed higher health insurance rebates for rural residents and discusses the downsides of location-based subsidies).

My latest paper is" "What would an efficient regulatory contract look like", Network, 2015 (attached below).




Entry last updated: Monday, 15 May 2017

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