Reforms to the Australian Water Resource Sector - A Work in Progress
With hearings starting across the country in October, NineSquared's Ken Sedgwick summaries the main findings of the Productivity Commission's draft report on the state of water reform in Australia
The impact of funding projects through value capture compared to road pricing
In this paper, presented at the International Transport Economics Association conference in Barcelona, Spain, NineSquared's Sai Chi and Ben Ellis investigate the impact on benefit-cost ratios of different funding mechanisms for major, publicly funded projects
2016 Fares Benchmarking Report
The 2016 Fares Report benchmarks public transport fares in each capital city in Australia against 18 cities across the world ranking cities by the number of minutes that would have to be worked at minimum wage in each city to pay for a return journey.
Willingness to pay for driverless cars
Driverless cars represent a significant opportunity for the transport sector and society. Driverless cars have the potential to improve safety, reduce travel times and improve mobility. Attitudes toward driverless cars are increasingly important as governments around the world begin to develop their policies for the implementation of driverless cars. An area that has not been sufficiently addressed in the literature concerns the demand for driverless cars. The aim of this paper was to provide an explorative assessment of the probability of driverless car usage and the likely willingness to pay.
The economics of financing and funding public transport
In this 2015 Australasian Transport Research Forum paper we assess how applicable Fisher’s theorem is for public transport services that are usually provided by government. We show that there are often welfare costs associated with different financing and funding instruments and that these costs have implications for the investment decision. The paper discusses how these costs arise and how they should be treated in the economic cost-benefit analysis.
Thoughts on emissions regulation versus fuel taxation
In September 2015, the world’s number one light vehicle manufacturer, Volkswagen (VW), was found to have cheated car emissions tests in the United States using the now infamous “defeat device” software on its ‘clean’ diesel vehicles.
The scandal brings to light the options available to government to reduce motor vehicle emissions whether that be through regulation as currently adopted or through other mechanisms such as taxes and pricing.
2015 Fares Benchmarking Report
The 2015 Fares Report benchmarks fares in each capital city in Australia against 16 cities across the world ranking cities by the number of minutes that would have to be worked at minimum wage in each city to pay for a return journey.
Rugby World Cup - 2015
To get into the spirit of the World Cup and have some fun, we have produced a set of rankings for the 20 teams in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. Our modelling is used to predict the outcomes and winning margins of each game. Go the Wallabies!
Predicting the 2016 Big Bash
Fresh from the success of our Rugby World Cup predictions, we have turned our minds to the summer and the 2016 Big Bash. Download our predictions and our companion report on the underlying predictive model which takes into account both past performance and player movements in the off-season.