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Invited Speakers

- Gary Banks
- Chairman of the Productivity
- Commission
- (Productivity Commission)

- Kathryn Dominguez
- Professor of Public Policy and
- Economics
- (Federal Treasury)

- Ian MacFarlane
- Former RBA Governor 
- (Goldman Sachs)

- Charles Perrings
- Professor of Environmental
- Economics
- (UQ)

- John Quiggin
- Head of RSMG
- (UQ)

- Adonis Yatchew
- Editor ‘The Energy Journal’
- (QUT)

- Joshua Gans
- Professor of Management
- (Information Economics)
- (University of Melbourne)


Major Sponsors

QIC

Queensland Treasury Corporation

Reserve Bank of Australia

Queensland Government

Queensland University of Technology

Goldman Sachs

The University of Queensland

Griffith University

Australian Government

Queensland Treasury Copropration


Other Sponsors

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Keynote Speakers

Gary Banks has been Chairman of the Productivity Commission since its inception in 1998, having originally been appointed to the Commission’s predecessor, the Industry Commission, in 1990. He was reappointed in April 2008 for a further 5 year term.Gary Banks AO

Gary Banks has been Chairman of the Productivity Commission since its inception in 1998. He was reappointed in April 2008 for a further 5 year term.

In addition to overseeing the Productivity Commission’s activities, he has personally headed national inquiries on a variety of public policy and regulatory topics. He presided on the Commission’s Review of National Competition Policy Arrangements and led its studies for COAG into Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia and the Benefits of the National Reform Agenda. He also chaired the Regulation Taskforce, which issued its report Rethinking Regulation in January 2006.

Born in Melbourne, Gary holds degrees in economics from Monash University and the Australian National University. In 2007 he was made an officer of the Order of Australia for services to the development of public policy in microeconomic reform and regulation. Before joining the Commission, he worked at the Centre for International Economics, Canberra, and has been a consultant to the OECD and World Bank. In earlier years, he was a Senior Economist with the GATT Secretariat in Geneva, and Visiting Fellow at the Trade Policy Research Centre, London.


Kathryn Dominguez is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. She has written numerous articles on foreign exchange rate behaviour and is author of Exchange Rate Efficiency and the Behaviour of International Asset Markets and Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work? (with Jeff Frankel). Kathryn Dominguez

Kathryn Dominguez is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics. She has written numerous articles on foreign exchange rate behaviour and is author of Exchange Rate Efficiency and the Behaviour of International Asset Markets and Does Foreign Exchange Intervention Work? (with Jeff Frankel).

Prior to coming to the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Economics Department at the University of Michigan, she taught at the Kennedy School of Government. She has also taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the London School of Economics and worked as a research consultant for the Federal Reserve System, the Australian GovernmentInternational Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. At the Ford School, Kathryn teaches finance, macroeconomics and international economics. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University



Ian Macfarlane AC was the sixth Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, immediately preceding the current Governor. He is a Keynote speaker at ACE2008 courtesy of Goldman Sachs JBWere.Ian Macfarlane

Ian Macfarlane AC was the sixth Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, immediately preceding the current Governor.  He is a Keynote speaker at ACE2008 courtesy of Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Ian was educated at Monash University and tutored in economics there before joining the RBA in 1970. From 1971-72 he worked at the Institute of Economics and Statistics at Oxford University. Following this, he then moved to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, where he served until 1978, before returning to the RBA. He became head of the bank's Research Department in 1988, Assistant Governor (Economic) in 1990, Deputy Governor in 1992 and Governor in 1996 for 10 years until 2006.

The former Governor is no stranger to open discussions on difficult Goldman Sachseconomic topics. He is currently a director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and will speak on the difficulties of managing an economy in the modern era.



Charles Perrings was appointed Professor of Environmental Economics at Arizona State University in August 2005. Previous appointments include Professor of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management at the University of York; Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside; and Director of the Biodiversity Program of the Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, where he is a Fellow. Charles Perrings

Charles Perrings was appointed Professor of Environmental Economics at Arizona State University in August 2005. Previous appointments include Professor of Environmental Economics and Environmental Management at the University of York; Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside; and Director of the Biodiversity Program of the Beijer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, where he is a Fellow. 

Between 1995 and 2005 he was editor of the Cambridge University Press journal, Environment and Development Economics, and he remains on the editorial board of this and several other journals in environmental, resource and ecological economics, and in conservation ecology. He is Past President of the International Society for Ecological Economics, a society formed to bring together the insights of the ecological and economic sciences to aid understanding and management of environmental problems. He has advised various governmental, intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations as well as research funding agencies. In Britain he served on, inter alia, the Royal Society’s Environment Committee, the WHAT Commission on Crop Genetic The University of QueenslandDiversity in Agriculture and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council Research Institutes) Program Review Board. 



Adonis Yatchew is the Editor-in-Chief of The Energy Journal. He is based out of the University of Toronto has and is a Keynote speaker at to ACE2008 courtesy of QUT. Adonis combines econometrics with a deep understanding of energy markets. Adonis Yatchew

Adonis Yatchew is the Editor-in-Chief of The Energy Journal.  He is based out of the University of Toronto has and is a Keynote speaker at to ACE2008 courtesy of QUT.  Adonis combines econometrics with a deep understanding of energy markets. 




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Recent publications combining these two include:
Economies in Electricity Distribution: A Semiparametric Analysis, (2000) Journal of Applied Econometrics, 15, 187-210.
Hydro One Transmission and Distribution:  Should They Remain Combined Or Be Separated (download pdf)
Incentive Regulation of Distributing Utilities Using Yardstick Competition, (2001), Electricity Journal, 56-60 (download pdf)

Queensland University of TechnologyWe look forward to hearing Adonis speak at on the Gold Coast – as a significant contributor to practical ways of understanding and managing the world’s limited resources.

 



John QuigginJohn Quiggin

John Quiggin is one of Australia’s most prolific economic writers in the area of resource allocation.  He is the Head of the Risk and Sustainable Management Group which is currently focusing on uncertainty and ongoing management of the Murray-Darling Basin.  John is presenting courtesy of the University of Queensland.

John is a professor at the University of Queensland.  He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, James Cook University, and the University of Queensland.

The University of QueenslandParticipants at ACE2008 will be in for a treat, as John is no stranger to controversy and has presented to full houses for the Economics Society in the past.



Joshua Gans is Professor of Management (Information Economics) at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Recently, he was awarded the 2007 Young Economist Medal by the Economic Society of Australia awarded every two years to the economist under 40 who has contributed most to economic knowledge.Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans is Professor of Management (Information Economics) at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Recently, he was awarded the 2007 Young Economist Medal by the Economic Society of Australia awarded every two years to the economist under 40 who has contributed most to economic knowledge.