Policy in the Pub: Economic Regulation of Airports


From: Wednesday March 20, 2019, 5:30 pm

To: Wednesday March 20, 2019, 6:30 pm

Economic Regulation of Airports

Airport regulation is a contested policy area, with airlines calling for changes to increase their bargaining power in negotiations with airports. The Productivity Commission’s draft report on the economic regulation of airports found that Australian airports are investing and operating efficiently by world standards, and existing airport regulation benefits the community. However, reforms are needed to enable greater scrutiny of airport performance in specific areas of concern. This talk will explain the Commission’s draft findings and recommendations, including why it thinks you’re not paying too much to park at the airport!

About the speaker

Stephen King is a Commissioner at Australia’s Productivity Commission and an adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is presiding Commissioner on the Inquiry into Mental Health as well as a Commissioner on the Inquiry into the Economic Regulation of Airports.

Prior to joining the Productivity Commission in July 2016, Stephen was a Member of the Western Australian Economic Regulation Authority, a Member of the National Competition Council and Professor of Economics at Monash University.

Professor King was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Monash University from 2009 to 2011. Stephen was a Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission from 2004 to 2009.

Stephen has researched and published widely in competition economics, regulation and industrial organization.



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