Peter Abelson

Peter Abelson

BA Oxf.; MSc(Econ) Lond.; PhD Lond.; MBA H-W
Visiting Academic

Room 341
H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 3061
Fax: +61 2 9351 4341

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Peter is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics and an Adjunct Professor with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. Peter obtained his PhD from London University and taught at Macquarie University for 30 years, where he held a Personal Chair in Economics from 2001 to 2005. Peter was Secretary of the Economic Society of Australia from 1993 to 2006 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia in 2006.

Peter's research interests are in public sector economics and public policy. He has published widely in public finance, welfare economics, environmental, health, transport and housing economics. In 2008, McGraw-Hill published his 700 page public finance text with the title "Public Economics: Principles and Practice". Recent journal articles include 'The Value of Life and Health for Public Policy', Economic Record (2003', Explaining House Prices in Australia: 1970 to 2003' (co-authored) in the Economic Record (2005), 'The Real Story of Housing Prices in Australia from 1970 to 2003' (co-authored) Australian Economic Review (2005), 'Price and Efficiency Effects of Taxes and Subsidies for Australian Housing' in Economic Papers in 2007, and 'Affordable Housing: Concepts and Policies' in Economics Papers, 2009. He is currently researching the economics of the taxi industry.

Peter also works as a part-time Principal Economic Advisor to the NSW Treasury and runs regular executive courses on cost-benefit analysis for government agencies and economic consultants.

Research Expertise

  • Environmental economics
  • Health economics
  • Housing economics
  • Public Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Transport and Urban Economics



Journal Article/s

Abelson P 2011 Forthcoming 'Evaluating Major Events and Avoiding the Mercantilist Fallacy', Economic Papers


Book Section/s

Abelson P 2010 'Commentary: Housing and Tax: The Triumph of Politics over Economics' in Australia's Future Tax System: The Prospects After Henry, ed. C Evans, R Krever and P Mellor, Thomson Reuters , Sydney, Australia, pp. 267-71

Abelson P and Joyeux R 2010 'Price and efficiency effects of taxes and subsidies for Australian Housing' in Housing and Tax Policy: Conference Series No. 26, ed. M. Stewart , Australian Tax Research Foundation , Sydney, Australia, pp. 93-118

Journal Article/s

Abelson P 2010 'The High Cost of Taxi Regulation with Special Reference to Sydney', Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, vol.17:2, pp. 73-94

McNair B and Abelson P 2010 'Estimating the value of under grounding electricity and communications networks', Australian Economic Review, vol.43:4, pp. 376-88

Conference Paper/s

Abelson P 2010 'The True measure of the Revenue Raising Capacities of the States and Territories and the Implications for the Equitable Distribution of GST Revenue, 39th Australian Conference of Economists ACE10, Sydney, Australia, 29th September 2010


Book Section/s

Abelson P 2009 'Economic Modelling and Forecasting' in Evidence for Policy and Decision Making: A Practical Guide, ed. G.Argyrous , UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 94-115

Journal Article/s

Abelson P 2009 'Affordable Housing: Concepts and Policies', Economic Papers, vol.28:1, pp. 27-38

Abelson P 2009 'The Ranking of Economics Journals by the Economic Society of Australia', Economic Papers, vol.28:2, pp. 176-80



Abelson P 2008 'Public Economics: Principles and Practice', McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia


Journal Article/s

Abelson P and Joyeux R 2007 'Price and Efficiency Effects of Taxes and Subsidies for Australian Housing', Economic Papers, vol.26:2, pp. 147-169


Internal Working Paper/s

Abelson P and Joyeux R 2006 'Price and Efficiency Effects of Taxes and Subsidies for Australian Housing', Sydney University, School of Economics and Political Science