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2017 ARC funding announcement CBE

CBE wins more than $2.3 million in ARC funding

4 November 2016

The ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) has been awarded more than $AU2.3 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.

Announced by the Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Simon Birmingham, the grants were awarded to four projects; two Future Fellowships worth $AU1.72 million, and two Discovery Projects worth $AU674,500. 

The CBE grants were among $AU43 million awarded to 91 research projects across the ANU, which will have a tangible impact on the public policy landscape both in Australia and globally.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said the ARC funding highlighted the breadth and significance of the University's world-leading research.

"The latest ARC round is a magnificent outcome for ANU and ensures our researchers will continue to work on solving the problems that face the nation and the world," Professor Schmidt said.

A full list of successful CBE ARC 2017 projects detailed below.

Professor Markus Brueckner- $880,480.00.

This project aims to examine the effects of income from international commodity price windfalls on peoples’ well-being. Exports of natural resources (iron, coal and copper) are an important source of income for the Australian economy. International prices for these commodities have declined in recent years, lowering national income. The project will analyse both objective and subjective measures of well-being at both the cross-country time-series and the sub-national levels, tailored to the Australian economy. It is expected that the project’s findings will benefit academia, public policy makers and everyday people. The project will inform academics and policy makers about how income from international commodity price windfalls affects peoples' well-being.

Professor John Stachurski- $840,480.00.

This project aims to solve a broad range of asset pricing models. Movements in asset prices affect private investors, public sector finances, wealth distribution and business activity levels. Economists have tried to build better models of asset prices, moving away from hyper-rationality and towards realistic features including heterogeneity, habit persistence and bounded rationality. These models’ additional complexity makes them difficult to solve or to apply to real world problems. The project will use modern hardware and computational tools, insights from economics literature and numerical analysis to provide a set of solution methods for such asset pricing models. This is expected to improve policy analysis and decision making under uncertainty.

Dr Joshua Chan- $283,000.00.

This project aims to construct model-based measures of inflation expectations and inflation expectations uncertainty. Inflation expectations can determine economic outcomes. This project will develop non-linear time-varying models to combine information from noisy and possibly biased measures of inflation expectations from surveys and financial markets. These model-based measures are expected to be better calibrated and to provide valuable information for policymakers for formulating macroeconomic policies. They can be used to better assess the credibility of monetary policy and shed light on the causes of low inflation rate in developed economies.

Dr Alfred Tran; Professor Miranda Stewart- $391,500.00.

This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of measures to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises. Estimates suggest that tax base erosion and profit shifting threaten up to 10 per cent of Australia’s corporate tax revenues. This project intends to establish benchmark indicators based on financial and tax data for Australian and foreign-owned companies, and test them on proposed policy changes up to 2018. The project aims to expand knowledge of tax behaviour of multinational firms while providing timely and critical information for policy makers on whether measures actually improve the integrity of corporate tax.

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