Henry Ergas

Henry Isaac Ergas AO is an economist who has worked at the OECD, Australian Trade Practices Commission (now the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) as well as at a number of economic consulting firms. He chaired the Australian Intellectual Property and Competition Review Committee set up by the Australian Federal Government in 1999 to review Australia's intellectual property laws as they relate to competition policy.[1]

He was Adjunct Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore and has taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Centre for Research in Network Economics and Communications at the University of Auckland, Monash University and at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique in Paris. From 2009 to 2016, he was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong, and also served as Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia. He was an independent contributor to a paper submitted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission which cautioned against imposing regulations that, while aimed at net neutrality, may cause costs that exceed the expected benefits.[2]

In the 2016 Australia Day awards, Ergas was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to infrastructure economics, and to higher education, to public policy development and review, and as a supporter of emerging artists". He is a columnist for The Australian newspaper.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • 2016 "Tocqueville, Hancock and the Sense of History" in "Only in Australia. The History, Politics and Economics of Australian Exceptionalism", Oxford University Press.
  • 2016 (with Prof. Jonathan Pincus), ‘The Wealth of the Nation’ in Menzies, the Shaping of Modern Australia, ed. J.R. Nethercote, Conor Court publishing in association with the Menzies Research Centre.
  • 2015 (with Prof. Jonathan Pincus), ‘Infrastructure and Colonial Socialism’, in The Cambridge Economic History of Australia, eds. Simon Ville and Glenn Withers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge MA.
  • 2013 - (with Prof. Jonathan Pincus) ‘Have Mining Royalties been beneficial to Australia?, Economic Papers of the Economic Society of Australia, 33(1).
  • 2011 - “Some Economic Aspects of Mining Taxation” (with Prof. Jonathan Pincus and Dr. Mark Harrison) Economic Papers of the Economic Society of Australia, 29(4).
  • 2010 - “New policies create a new politics: issues of institutional design in climate change policy” Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, April, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • 2008 - Wrong Number: Resolving Australia's Telecommunications Impasse, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.
  • 1987 - 'Does Technology Policy Matter?' in Technology and Global Industry: Companies and Nations in the World Economy, National Academy of Engineering of the United States, National Academies Press, Washington DC. Reprinted in Stephan, Paula E.and David B. Audretsch, (eds.), in The Economics of Science and Innovation, vol. 2, Elgar Reference Collection, International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, vol. 117, Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, Mass., pp. 438–492. Also available at [1].
  • 1984 - 'Why Do Some Countries Innovate More than Others?', Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS Papers No. 5. Also available at [2]


External linksEdit


  1. ^ Hall, Eleanor (Aug 7, 2013). "Debate: Economic crisis! Or what economic crisis". The World Today. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ProQuest 1418030286.
  2. ^ Weisman, Dennis; Waverman, Leonard; Tardiff, Timothy J.; Taylor, William E.; Smith, Vernon L.; Singer, Hal J.; Robinson, Glen O.; Litan, Robert E.; Leighton, Wayne A.; Kahn, Alfred E.; Hahn, Robert W.; Faulhaber, Gerald R.; Farber, David J.; Ergas, Henry; Ellig, Jerry; Eisenach, Jeffrey A.; Ehrlich, Everett; Darby, Larry F.; Crandall, Robert W.; Cave, Martin E.; Brito, Jerry (2010-04-12). "Net Neutrality Regulation: The Economic Evidence by Jerry Brito, Martin Cave, Robert Crandall, Larry Darby, Everett Ehrlich, Jeffrey Eisenach, Jerry Ellig, Henry Ergas, David Farber, Gerald Faulhaber, Robert Hahn, Alfred Kahn, Wayne Leighton, Robert Litan, Glen Robinson, Hal Singer, Vernon Smith, William Taylor, Timothy Tardiff, Leonard Waverman, Dennis Weisman :: SSRN". Papers.ssrn.com. doi:10.2139/ssrn.1587058. SSRN 1587058. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Leading Economist Appointed at SMART Infrastructure Facility Archived 2011-04-11 at the Wayback Machine, Campus Daily, 18 August 2010