People

Dr Peter Abelson

Peter Abelson has a B.A. from Oxford University, M.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D from London University.

Peter has over 40 years of consulting experience in Australia and overseas, specializing in public economics and cost-benefit analysis. He also runs regular executive training courses for public servants. His recent work in Australia includes government pricing policy, major transport projects, evaluation of public health programs and hospitals, planning for infrastructure, and analyses of housing prices.

He has worked for international agencies in many countries including China, India, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2001 to 2005, Peter held a Personal Chair at Macquarie University. From 2006 to 2012, Peter was a Visiting Scholar and taught public finance at the University of Sydney.

Peter is the author of Public Economics, the leading Australian text in public finance and the role of government in the economy. The 4th Edition is available on this website (3rd Edition 2012, published by McGraw-Hill).

From 2006 to 2018, Peter was a part-time economic advisor to the NSW Treasury. From 2012 to 2017, he was the first popularly elected Mayor of Mosman Council (Sydney).

Dr Glenn Withers

Glenn Withers has a B.Ec. (First Hons) from Monash, and a Masters and Doctorate in Business Economics from Harvard University, where he was a Menzies Scholar, Frank Knox Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar and taught in the Economics Department and the Kennedy School of Government.

He is an experienced public and private sector adviser and consultant, having consulted for agencies ranging from the OECD and New Zealand Treasury to the Business Council of Australia and the Victorian Premier’s Department. He has chaired five major government inquiries (immigration, infrastructure, population, microeconomic reform, workforce policies and programs), and has held professorships in several Australian universities – in economics and in public policy.

In 1991 Glenn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to applied economics, and from 1991 to 1996 was Head of the Economic Planning Advisory Council, reporting to the Prime Minister of Australia. Glenn then helped to establish the Productivity Commission, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Crawford School of Public Policy and Universities Australia, including serving for four years until early 2012 as founding Chief Executive of Universities Australia.

Glenn is currently Distinguished Honorary Professor of Economics at ANU, Adjunct Professor in Knowledge Management at UNSW, and High Level Professor in Education at Tongji University (Shanghai). He is also President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Chair of Blended Learning International Pty Ltd and Chair of the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network.

Mr Tim Dalton

Tim Dalton has a Master of Economics (UNSW), Bachelor of Science (Physics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1st Class) (University of Sydney).

Tim is an expert in economic regulation, corporate finance and macroeconomic policy analysis. He has worked on a variety of consultancies including policy formulation, industry reviews, cost benefit analysis and expert testimony for government agencies and private sector clients.

In addition to economic consulting, Tim has over 8 years professional experience as an investment banker and as a corporate lawyer.

Dr Roselyne Joyeux

Roselyne Joyeux has a B.A. from the University of Aix-Marseille and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at San Diego. Roselyn has lectured in economics at the Universities of Cornell, Otago, Auckland and Macquarie and been a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, the Centre for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), and the London School of Economics.

She is an expert in time series analysis, econometric modelling and statistical methods and has worked on forecasting models, corporate performance, exchange rates and trade. Roselyne supervises the statistical and econometric work undertaken by Applied Economics.