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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 has over 40 years of consulting experience in Australia and overseas, specializing in public economics and cost-benefit analysis. He runs regular cost-benefit analysis training courses for public servants. His recent work in Australia includes reviews of major transport projects, evaluation of public health programs and hospitals, education and justice programs, planning for the environment, and analyses of housing prices and policies.

He has worked for international agencies in many countries including China, India, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Zambia, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea.

From 2001 to 2005, 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 the author of Public Economics, the leading Australian text in public finance and the role of government in the economy. The 4th Edition is available on this website (3rd Edition 2012, published by McGraw-Hill).


  • 2001–2005
    Chair professor, Macquarie University


    M.Sc. (Economics), London School of Economics
    Ph.D, London University