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

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 (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)
  • 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) 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).