Policy in the Pub: Electricity Prices


From: Tuesday August 1, 2023, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday August 1, 2023, 7:00 pm

Electricity pricing is a major concern for Australian households, especially following recent increases across the nation at the start of the latest financial year. Join us for a timely panel discussion on electricity prices, and how they can be minimised in the transition to cleaner energy and net zero. 

About the speakers

Dr. Leslie Martin is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Her research lies at the intersection of environmental, energy, and industrial economics, with some applications to international development. She currently working on research supported by an ARC DECRA grant on the environmental impact of clustering manufacturing into special economic zones in rapidly-industrializing countries. Dr Martin’s recent work also includes using high-frequency data to analyze the distributional implications of different road use charges. Previous grants have allowed her to run field experiments to study consumer responses to the availability of electricity smart meter data in markets with retail competition.

She is an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (JEBO). She has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in applied math from MIT.

Dr Zsuzsanna Csereklyei is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University.  

Zsuzsanna is an economist focusing on energy transitions, electricity markets and on the adoption of efficient technologies.  

Zsuzsanna's work includes publications in the Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, Journal of Econometrics and Energy Policy. Her current research includes several projects in the field of energy transitions, including energy profile forecasting, electricity market design, and projects on the future role of batteries.   

Zsuzsanna has taught several courses in Macroeconomics (WU Vienna, RMIT), Energy Policy, Political Economy (LMU Munich), Econometrics (RMIT) and been awarded the Award of Excellence for her thesis by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, given for the best dissertations in the country.  She has also worked for over eight years in leading management positions in industry and in consulting.

Dr Gordon Leslie is an economist at Monash University, with fields of study in industrial organisation and energy economics. His research examines competition, consumer engagement, policy and regulation in energy markets, particularly in the context of the clean energy transition. Gordon received his PhD at Stanford University and his BCom(Hons) and BSc from the University of Melbourne. Gordon holds affiliations with Monash’s Australian Electricity Market Initiative, and Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development. He often contributes to regulator-convened Technical Working Groups that provide input to market design reviews for Australia’s National Electricity Market.

Professor David P. Byrne is a Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne. He does empirical research in industrial organization, with a focus on energy and resource markets. 

He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, a Director of the Centre for Market Design, and has served as an expert in antitrust cases in Australia and Canada. 


Date: Tuesday 1 August 2023
Time: 6pm and runs until approximately 7pm. Attendees welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs (at own cost)
Cost: Free of charge

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