New South Wales

Cost Benefit Analysis Forum 2022

This hybrid event will take place on Tuesday 19 July in-person at Deloitte, Sydney and via Zoom

With thanks to ESA NSW Branch's venue partner, Deloitte


Details

When: Tuesday 19 July
Time: Register from 8.15am for a 8.45am start.  Program concludes at 4.45pm, followed by networking drinks
Venue Partner: Deloitte, Level 9, 225 George Street, Sydney
Cost: Members $165 (login prior to registering) / Non-members $215 

For people new to CBA, we will include a three hour “Introduction to CBA” preliminary session, based on NSW Treasury Guidelines, in the lead up to the forum. The date for this session is confirmed as Friday 15 July with an approximate time of 11am until 2pm, to be held via Zoom.  Be sure to register your interest when booking if you would like be part of this separate session.

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Preliminary Program

View the Preliminary Program here

Nicki Hutley, Independent Economist

Open & Welcome

Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise in both macroeconomics and microeconomic policy gained over more than three decades in financial and investment markets and in economic consulting.  She is particularly interested in the intersection of economy, society and environment.

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Percy Allan AM

Opening Address

Percy Allan lives in Sydney and advises on public policy, finance and management. He has helped national and local governments in China, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and the Pacific Islands to reform their financial management. He has also conducted major official inquiries in Australia into local government, builders warranty insurance, the finances of the Northern Territory, coal exploration licensing and Boxing Day trading legislation. He has reviewed and advised over 30 local councils on their financial and infrastructure sustainability.

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Coralie Williams, Infrastructure Australia

Green and Blue Infrastructure and Panel Discussion: PD and building a strong CBA culture and community

Coralie Williams is the Director of the Project Advisory and Evaluation team at Infrastructure Australia – a team that works with all levels of government, the private sector and industry to promote the development of robust, evidence-based infrastructure proposals that address nationally significant problems and opportunities across the country.

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Ophelia Cowell, NSW Treasury

Updating the NSW CBA and evaluation guidance, Panel Discussions: Society for Benefit Cost Analysis Conference and PD and building a strong CBA culture and community

Ophelia Cowell directs the Centre for Evidence and Evaluation at NSW Treasury which provides economic analysis and advice to the NSW Government to put evidence based policy into practice. By working with agencies to improve the evidence base, the Centre helps inform Government decisions so that public funds can be directed to the initiatives and social policies that deliver the greatest outcomes and public value.

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Kirsten Jensen, The New Zealand Treasury

Panel Discussion: Society for Benefit Cost Analysis Conference - Washington, March 2022

Kirsten Jensen is a principal advisor economist at the New Zealand Treasury, where she focuses on public finance and leads CBAx. CBAx is Treasury’s cost-benefit analysis tool, which is publicly available. Kirsten is responsible for the design and implementation of CBAx.

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Lisa A Robinson, Harvard University

Panel Discussion: Society for Benefit Cost Analysis Conference - Washington, March 2022

Lisa A. Robinson's research and teaching focus on the conduct of benefit-cost analysis, particularly for policies with outcomes that cannot be fully valued using market measures. She has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents.

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Marion Terrill, Grattan Institute

Panel Discussion: CBA and the discount rate debate - theory and practical implications and Australian CBA and buisness case application (with a transport focus) 

Marion Terrill is a leading transport and cities expert with a long history in public policy. She has worked on tax policy for the federal Treasury, and led the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Federal Government, the Business Council of Australia, and at the Australian National University.

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Flavio Menezes, UQ

Panel Discussion: CBA and the discount rate debate - theory and practical implications

Flavio Menezes is a Professor of Economics and director of the Australian Institute for Business and Economics at the University of Queensland (UQ).  He is also the Chair of the Queensland Competition Authority. He is a former president of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland), was a member of the advisory board of the federal government’s Deregulation Taskforce and an elected member of UQ’s Academic Board and its Standing Committee. He is a former Head of the School of Economics at UQ, the chair of the Research Evaluation Committee for Economics and Commerce, Excellence of Research in Australia (ERA) 2018, and a member of the same committee for ERA 2015.

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Alexandra Humphrey Cifuentes, Frontier Economics

Reining in ferel horses in Kosciuszko National Parks

Alexandra Humphrey Cifuentes is an economist with a passion for Urban Economics – using economics to help address challenges and opportunities posed by urban growth and climate change across water, liveability, health and other urban infrastructure. This includes assisting private and public sector clients with a range of policy, regulatory and commercial issues, including economic assessment of catalytic blue, green and grey infrastructure and governance solutions.

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Mary Schnelle, Frontier Economics

Reining in ferel horses in Kosciuszko National Parks

Mary Schnelle primarily works in the water and urban economics practices at Frontier Economics as an economist, providing qualitative and quantitative analysis on a range of economic issues. She has assisted public and private sector clients across a variety of projects, advising on cost-benefit analysis, business case, regulatory, and modelling issues. Mary is passionate about strong economics underpinning sustainable development and robust policy making.

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Conal Smith, Kōtātā Insight

Estimating the value of Olympic success

Conal Smith is a Wellington-based economist with interests spanning the economics of well-being, valuing intangible costs and benefits, social capital and trust, the behavioural drivers of economic outcomes, and social policy more generally.  He led the development of the first international guidelines on the measurement of subjective wellbeing and trust as well as the OECD's first well-being themed country report. Conal has worked on the policy applications of well-being measures in New Zealand, the OECD, and the developing world.  He co-taught the first formal course in wellbeing economics at Sciences Po in Paris.

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Ignatius Forbes, Treasury NSW

Development of the NSW Indigenous assessment framework

Ignatius Forbes is an Associate Director in NSW Treasury’s Aboriginal Economic Wellbeing Branch which has been asked to develop a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) framework that can be applied to initiatives that impact First Nations people and communities. This First Nations CBA framework will help extend the work of the Centre for Evidence and Evaluation at NSW Treasury which provides economic analysis and advice to the NSW Government to put evidence‑based policy into practice. By working with agencies to improve the evidence base, NSW Treasury helps inform Government decisions so that public funds can be directed to the initiatives and social policies that deliver the greatest outcomes and public value.

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Robert Smith, CBA Chair and Session Chair

CBA Chair and Session Chair

Robert Smith is a  council member/ former vice president of the ESA NSW branch.  Currently the Principal Economist at East Economics, he has a background in management consulting, banking and finance, infrastructure, transport  and energy. He is passionate about using economics to find creative, efficient, and practical solutions that can be explained with clear and compelling narratives. This includes using applied economics analysis to support informed decision through pragmatic and robust cost benefit analysis.  

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Peter Abelson, Applied Economics

Session Chair

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 held a Personal Chair in Economics at Macquarie University. From 2006 to 2012, Peter was a Visiting Scholar and taught public finance at the University of Sydney. Peter is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

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