EPAP, ESA QLD & Griffith Uni - PD Seminar on Cost Benefit Analysis


From: Friday May 13, 2016, 2:30 pm

To: Friday May 13, 2016, 5:00 pm

Event details


The Economic Policy and Analysis Program (EPAP), Griffith University and the Economics Society of Australia (QLD) present a free Professional Development Seminar covering topical issues in Cost Benefit Analysis. The sessions will focus on the art and science of CBA to help better understand how this powerful tool can be applied to real world problems.


Topics include: Non-market evaluations of the environment, modelling the impact of flooding on infrastructure, natural disasters and infrastructure betterment, sensitivity analysis, and Monte Carlo evaluations.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2016

Time: 2:30pm registration opens, 3:00pm-5:00pm with catered networking event to follow

Venue: Webb Centre (S02) Function Space
            Level 7, Room 7.07
            Griffith University South Bank campus
            226 Grey Street, South Bank, Queensland

Cost: This is a free event for members and non-members

Registration: Online booking form, or via email to Laura Dorn at l.dorn@griffith.edu.au

*Please let Laura know of any dietary requirements by Friday, 6 May 2016

RSVP: Friday, 6 May 2016

Flyer with session details and registration information



About the speakers


Christopher Fleming is an Associate Professor and MBA Director at Griffith Business School, a founding member of the Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, a member of Griffith University’s Urban Research Program, and a Senior Associate of MainStream Economics and Policy. Christopher is an applied micro-economist with teaching, consulting and public policy experience. Prior to joining Griffith Business School, he worked as a senior consultant for Marsden Jacob Associates and as a senior advisor within the Sustainable Development Policy Group of the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Otago, a Master of Applied Economics with first class honours from Massey University and a PhD (Economics) from the University of Queensland.


Shane Campbell is a Senior Economic Analyst (Project Evaluation) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads.  In this capacity he has played an influential role in planning and overseeing the delivery of a safe efficient and integrated transport system that supports sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes in Queensland. He has authored research on 'The economic evaluation of heavy vehicle rest areas - a new technique?' 


Christine Smith is Professor of Economics at Griffith University. She obtained her PhD from Cornell University, and her undergraduate training at University of Queensland. She worked at the State Government Insurance Office (now Suncorp Metway) in Brisbane, Merrill Lynch in United States and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics in Canberra before becoming an academic, has worked as an advisor and consultant for various levels of governments and for international non-governmental organisations in the area of regional economic development and project evaluation. She is the author of six books as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers in the areas of regional and urban economics, intergovernmental relations, project evaluation and conflict analysis.


Gene Tunny is an economist and public policy expert. Gene has 15 years’ experience in economics and public policy, as a private sector consultant and state and Commonwealth official, most recently with Commonwealth Treasury. Gene is an accomplished speaker and regular economics commentator for ABC and commercial radio and television current affairs.  He has tutored and lectured in economics at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology and currently runs his own consulting firm, Adept Economics. Gene has published peer-reviewed articles on topics including labour market policies, innovation, and car and film industry assistance that have been influential in the policy debate. For example, Gene’s article on car industry assistance alerted the Productivity Commission to the possible reductions in used car prices that might arise from freeing up importation of second hand cars, and has thus started a debate on this issue.


Leo Yanes is a Principal at ACIL Allen Consulting and has expertise in quantitative methods, with a strong emphasis on planning, valuation including discounted cash flows and cost-benefit analysis. He specialises in quantitative risk analysis (Monte Carlo simulation), mathematical optimisation, econometrics and general equilibrium. Leo has over twelve years in the oil and gas industry, and six years as a lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Economics. Leo’s experience in the oil and gas sector encompasses project appraisal using discounted cash flow under uncertainty and long and short-run forecasting. Leo has conducted assignments in automotive manufacturing, economic impact statements, regulation of monopolies in gas distribution, public policy and economic development. During his time as an academic, Leo conducted research and lectured in mathematical economics, industrial organisation and microeconomics.



Webb Centre (S02) Function Space - Level 7, Room 7.07 Griffith University South Bank campus

226 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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