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Author's Name: David Byrne
Date: Thu 16 Feb 2023

David Byrne

Professor David Byrne

David Byrne is a Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne. His main research interests are in industrial organisation, focusing on energy and resource markets. His work has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, an executive member of the Asia-Pacific Industrial Organisation Society and European Association for Research in Industrial Economics, a Director of the Centre for Market Design, and a member of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Melbourne Economic Forum. Beyond research, he has actively engaged in public policy by advising on energy market design in Australia and serving as an expert in competition policy cases in Australia and Canada. He received in PhD in Economics from Queen’s University in Canada.

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Industrial Organisation; Energy Economics; Behavioural Economics.


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How economists would raise $20 billion per year

Poll 58

When panellests were asked to find an extra A$20 billion per year to fund government priorities like building nuclear submarines and responding to climate change, Australia’s top economists overwhelmingly back land tax, increased resource taxes, an attack on negative gearing and extending the scope of the goods and services tax.

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