Consulting Economist; Senior Research Fellow University of Johannesburg; Lecturer, Graduate Programme on Competition and Regulation, University of Johannesburg

Dr Stephen Labson has over 25 years of international consulting experience in financial economics and regulation. With a focus on energy, utilities and infrastructure, Dr Labson has an extensive track record in advising governments on major industry reform initiatives, corporate clients on commercial and strategic issues, and regulators in design of pricing frameworks.

He has previously held the positions of:

- Director - Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance, Asia Pacific Infrastructure Group

- Senior Executive - Department of Energy & Minerals, State Government of Victoria (Australia)

- Senior Economist - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

He has published over thirty articles - some of which have appeared in leading peer reviewed international academic journals.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development
  • 2004–present
    Director, SLECONOMICS PTY LTD
  • 2016–2019
    Senior research fellow, Centre for Competition, Regulation, and Economic Development
  • 1996–2001
    Director, Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance Asian Pacific Infrastructure Group
  • 1994–1996
    Senior Executive, Victorian State Government (Australia) Energy & Minerals

Education

  • 1991 
    university of california at berkeley, PhD, economics
  • 1986 
    university of california at berkeley, Master of Science- International Finance

Publications

  • 2018
    PRUDENT AND EFFICIENT COSTS AND STANDARDS FOR REGULATORY DECISION MAKING , 4TH ANNUAL COMPETITION AND ECONOMIC REGULATION CONFERENCE
  • 2016
    Asset Valuation Methodology and the Fascination with Efficiency’, Network ACCC
  • 1997
    Profiting from Cogeneration, Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1997
    “Unbundling Utility Regulation”, Agenda
  • 1997
    Changing Patterns of Trade in the World Iron Ore and Steel Market: An Econometric Analysis,, Journal of Policy Modeling
  • 1996
    International Response to Greenhouse Gas Abatement, Agenda
  • 1996
    Pricing Water for Power: A Two-Tier Approach”, Economics Papers
  • 1995
    Stochastic Trends and Structural Breaks in the Intensity of Metals Use, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
  • 1995
    Modelling Phased Reduction of Distortionary Policies in the U.S. Wheat Market Under Alternative Macroeconomic Environments,, GATT Negotiations and the Political Economy of Policy Reform) Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag
  • 1994
    Factors Influencing the Adoption of Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Technology, Applied Economics
  • 1994
    Modelling Distortionary Aspects of the U.S. Wheat Program and Policy Reform, Journal of Policy Modeling
  • 1992
    Voluntary Production Restraint: The United States Case,, Improving Agricultural Trade under the GATT (Kiel: Vauk Verlag,
  • 1991
    Optimal Policy Instruments and Political Preference Functions , AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 73 (5), 1552-1552

Professional Memberships

  • Economics Society of Australia
  • South African Association for Energy Economics

Honours

Research scholarship - University of California at Berkekely