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Dr JJ Pincus

BEc (hons) (Qld), MA, PhD (Stanford)

Elected: 1996

Discipline: Economic History

Specialisation: public choice, federalism, microeconomic reform


Dr Jonathan Pincus is Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide. Previously, he was the Principal Adviser Research at the Productivity Commission (2002-2008); the George Gollin Professor of Economics (1991 – 2002), and Convenor of Academic Board at the University of Adelaide; and Professor and Head, Discipline of Economic History, Flinders University (1985 – 1990); and Fellow in Economic History at ANU.

He is a co-opted member of Central Council of the Economic Society of Australia and past-president of the SA branch.

His main research interests are in federalism and microeconomic policy.


  • Productivity Commission, Melbourne and Canberra: Principal Adviser Research, 10/2002 to 01/2008.
  • The University of Adelaide: George Gollin Professor of Economics, 1991 – 2002.
  • The Flinders University of South Australia: Professor and Head, Discipline of Economic History, 1985 – 1990.
  • Australian National University: Research Fellow in Economic History, 1972 – 1974; Fellow, 1974 – 1985.
  • Simon Fraser University: Assistant Professor/Instructor, 1969 – 1972.
  • BP Australia, Brisbane: Junior Executive Trainee, 1958-63.   .


  • 2015 Distinguished Public Policy Fellow, Economic Society of Australia
  • Who’s Who in Economics, 1986 to date.
  • Best paper in 2010 Economic Papers, awarded by the Economic Society of Australia (jointly with Henry Ergas and Mark Harrison).
  • University of Melbourne, Department of Economics and Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Inaugural Annual Lecturer on Public Policy, 2008. Published in Australian Economic Review 42.2 (June 2009).
  • Hall of Fame, [Australian] PhD Conference in Economics and Business, 2007.
  • Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History 1973 (awarded by the [American] Economic History Association, on behalf of Columbia University Press, for the best dissertation in U.S. or Canadian economic history completed during the previous year).
  • Australian-American Education Foundation (Fulbright) Senior Scholar Travel Award, 1976.
  • Canada Council Dissertation Grant, 1970.
  • Australian-American Education Foundation (Fulbright) Postgraduate Student Travel Grant, 1965.


  • ‘Socialism in Six Colonies: the aftermath’ in William Coleman (ed.), Only in Australia: The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism, 166-187 (forthcoming with Oxford University Press)
  • ‘Federalism in the Menzies Years’, in J.R. Nethercote (ed.), The Menzies Achievement (forthcoming with Federation Press).
  • ‘The wealth of the nation’, in J.R. Nethercote (ed.), The Menzies Achievement (forthcoming with Federation Press), (with Henry Ergas).
  • ‘Infrastructure and Colonial Socialism,’  Cambridge Economic History of Australia, Simon Ville and Glenn Withers, eds (with Henry Ergas) 2014.
  • ‘Public Choice Theory had Negligible Effect on Australian Microeconomic Policy, 1970s to 2000s’, History of Economics Review 59 (Winter) 2014.
  • ‘Have mining royalties been beneficial to Australia?’, Economic Papers 33.1 (March) 2014: 13-28) (with Henry Ergas).
  • ‘Land Assemblage: Efficiency and Equity in Public-Private Projects’, in Thomas J. Miceli and Matthew J. Baker, eds, Economic Models of Law, Edward Elgar (with Zackary Grossman and Perry Shapiro, 2014)
  • ‘Polygeneration of liquid fuels and electricity by the atmospheric pressure hybrid solar gasification of coal,’ Energy & Fuels (2013) 27: 3538-55; last-named co-author with Ashok Kaniyal, Philip van Eyk, Graham Nathan and Peter Ashman).
  • ‘Fiscal Equity in Federal Systems’, Review of Law and Economics, (December 31, 2010) vol. 6, Iss. 3, Article 3 http://www.bepress.com/rle/vol6/iss3/art3 (with Geoffrey Brennan)
  • ‘The potential role of data-centres in enabling investment in geothermal energy”, Applied Energy 98, October 2012: 458–466 (with Ashok A. Kaniyal and Graham J. Nathan) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261912002954
  • A Greater Australia: population, policies and governance, Melbourne, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), 2012, ISBN 0 85801 279 0, 234 pages (co-editor with Graeme Hugo); Introduction, pp. 6 – 15 (with G Hugo); Chapter 4.1: The economic effects of population growth and migration, pp. 16 – 184 (with Judith Sloan) http://ceda.com.au/media/204245/populationreport2012final.pdfJ.J. Pincus and Perry Shapiro (2008)
  • ‘Some economics of mining taxes’, Economic Papers, 29.4: 369-383 (December 2010) (with Henry Ergas and Mark Harrison).
  • “Between forced resumption and voluntary sale: a mechanism for the collective sale or transfer of irrigation water”, Economic Papers 27.4 (December 2008), pp. 101-110 (with Perry Shapiro).
  • Brennan and J.J. Pincus (2002) “Australia’s Economic Institutions”, in Australia Reshaped: 200 years of institutional transformation, G. Brennan and F.G. Castles (eds). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • JJ Pincus (2001) “Liberalism and Australian Economic and Industrial Development”, in Liberalism and the Australian Federation, JR Nethercote (eds.). Annadale: Federation Press.
  • PW Miller and JJ Pincus (1998) “Financing Higher Education in Australia: the Case for SuperHECS”, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management.
  • G Brennan and JJ Pincus (1996) “A minimalist model of federal grants and flypaper effects”, Journal of Public Economics, 61.
  • “Pressure Groups and the Pattern of Tariffs”, Journal of Political Economy, May/June 1975, pp. 757-78.  Reprinted in Forrest Capie, ed., Protectionism in the World Economy, (Edward Elgar, 1993); in David Lake, ed., The International Political Economy of Trade, (Edward Elgar); and in Knick C. Harley (ed.), The Integration of the World Economy, 1850-1914. (Edward Elgar, 1996).


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Email: jjpincus [at] gmail.com
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