My fundamental research interest is in market interventions particularly what public benefits these provide and whether such benefits exceed the cost to the public.
My last 9 years have been spent largely on empirical research into the economics of granting patent monopolies. I have also done some work on other forms of "intellectual property", mainly copyright and trademarks. This work has resulted in a series of conference papers, some articles and a book focusing on the legal rules which encourage the grant of patents for things most people would consider uninventive. I have also made submissions to a number of government enquiries on these topics.
This academic work comes after a period of nearly 20 years in the Australian Public Service, where I advised on micro-economic reform in the transport and communications sectors and undertook economic research into innovation and small business. I was also responsible for evaluating government programs assisting industry.
My earlier qualifications include a PhD in Demography from Brown University (1975); a Master's in Human Rights (Essex and Padua, 2001); and honours economics from the University of Cambridge (1969).
After a 20 year career in the Australian