Professor Paul Kerin

Professor Paul Kerin
 Position Adjunct Professor
 Org Unit School of Economics
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4933
 Location Floor/Room 3 27 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • 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, board member of Diabetes SA, board member (and chair of the governance & risk committee and member of the finance committee) of 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 South 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 other non-executive directorships. Please refer to my current CV (below) for further details.

  • Qualifications

    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). Please refer to my CV (below) for more information.

  • Publications

    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 "Arrium sale's lessons for Weatherill and Turnbull" (about how governments can waste taxpayers' money when assistance offers pre-empt asset sale due process), "Frankel's numbers don't add up" (which argues the merits of an emissions intensity scheme over the proposed clean energy target), "Immigration the golden goose our economy needs" (which explains the benefits of immigration and argue for a "Big Australia"), "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).



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Entry last updated: Wednesday, 6 Sep 2017

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