About me

IMG_0161bI am an ecological economist, writer and philosopher with very broad research interests including the application of evidence in public policy formulation, taxation economics, environmental economics and the history and philosophy of economics. After spending about 10 years as an ecologist/evolutionary biologist, mostly working for government conservation agencies and then working in the private sector, I went back to uni and studied economics and philosophy.

I’m currently working as a Research Fellow with progressive think tank Per Capita. I’m mostly working on ageing related public policy issues but also conducting broader progressive economic policy research.

In addition to the Per Capita work I’ve got a couple of research projects on the go at the University of Melbourne; one with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group (QAECO) and one with the Centre for Excellence in Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA).  With QAECO my research examines the impact of carbon pricing on farmer decision-making. This is cross-disciplinary research using both my ecological and economics expertise and with a focus on analysing the risks associated with different carbon farming investments. At CEBRA I’m examining and comparing the efficacy of expert opinions and economic modelling for forecasting macroeconomic outcomes.

I can be contacted at warwick.jss [at] gmail.com, Twitter: @RecoEco, or connect with me on LinkedIn (please add a message introducing yourself if I don’t already know you).

Warwick Smith

5 Responses to About me

  1. Hello, and thank you for writing this very useful blog. The connections between human systems and natural ecosystems are both fascinating and critically important for good environmental policy and viable decision-making.

  2. caroline maybe says:

    Dear Warwick. I want to thank you truly from the bottom of my heart for your posts (I’ve only just found you so have lots of reading to do). I am an Australian woman in my 50’s and knew in the depths of me that the household budget analogy was wrong but wasn’t educated in this regard to understand why. You have helped enormously. I will keep reading and learning but I have a request. Is there already (or can you make one) an accurate analogy of how a country’s budget works to explain to the older, less educated people to help counter the household budget one? As you know the more learned someone is, the better informed they are. I would love to spread your common sense and knowledge to people who are only getting their news from the MSM. I am sorry for the length of this but it’s something I am passionate about. Thank you.

    • HI Caroline,
      I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply but I never seem to look at this page. Just came here to update something. Thanks so much for your your comments.

      In terms of alternative analogies to the household budget, it’s a question I’ve thought a lot about but not really resolved. Warren Mosler uses the analogy of coupon created by parents to pay their children for doing chores. The kids are required to pay a certain number of coupons per week for their room and board. If they don’t pay they are punished. This is the equivalent of tax. Do the parents need to get the coupons from their children before they can spend more? Of course not.

      It would be better to have a more everyday analogy to use – I’m still thinking about it.

      If you haven’t already, I recommend reading Mosler’s little book which can be purchased in hardcopy or downloaded free from his web site:
      http://moslereconomics.com/wp-content/powerpoints/7DIF.pdf

      Cheers,
      Warwick

  3. Terry Reynolds says:

    Warwick, you asked me to contact you after my comment to your article, ‘Cabinet Papers 1990: Lessons from the Recession we Didn’t Have to Have’.

    • Thanks Terry,
      I’ve sent an email to your hotmail account. Would love to read or hear a detailed account of your views of the recession. If you don’t get my message, you can contact me with the address listed above:
      warwick.jss [at] gmail.com

      Cheers,
      Warwick

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