from Houston Kemp Consulting
Martin has over 15 years’ experience in the application of economics to infrastructure regulation and policy questions. His sector experience includes electricity networks, electricity wholesale and retail markets, bulk water, rail and heavy vehicles.
Martin has a particular interest and experience in developing fit-for-purpose cost benefit analyses to evaluate policy and reform initiatives. He has evaluated the benefits of heavy vehicle road reform, road reform more broadly, and developed a cost benefit analysis framework to measure the benefits and costs of road maintenance expenditure. Martin has also provided advice to Infrastructure Australia on how to quantify the economic benefits of infrastructure investment for remote communities.
Martin is also proficient in pricing and revenue matters in different infrastructure sectors. He has developed cost to serve, building block models for different utility businesses and associated pricing schedules. Martin has designed heavy vehicle distance charges that could replace the existing fuel-based charges and estimated the financial impact this would have on heavy vehicle operators, geographical regions and various industry sectors.
Martin has also been involved in assessing reform or policy initiatives using economic first principles. This process involves assessing whether proposed changes would promote economic efficiency, ie, the promotion of efficient investment in, operation and use of the infrastructure service.
Areas of ExpertiseResearch Expertise - Transport & urban planning
Research Expertise - Energy, environment, climate change & renewables
Research Expertise - Regulation, industry & market competition policy
Research Expertise - Productivity & efficient analysis