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Much of our work involves the preparation of independent expert reports and/or the provision of expert testimony in competition, regulatory or governmental decision-making processes, commercial disputes or legal proceedings.

We also frequently prepare submissions on behalf of clients and provide informal advice over the phone, in person and/or in writing. Our economists may also be available to work on a contractor basis in both Australia and New Zealand. Some examples of our publicly available work are provided below.

Economic review of electricity retail and wholesale market issues

Hayden Green reviews the first report into the state of New Zealand’s electricity sector released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s expert advisory panel, with specific focus on its analysis and conclusions in relation to the wholesale and retail sectors.

Axiom Report – Economic review of electricity retail and wholesale market issues  (PDF, 613kB)

Is it time to introduce email portability?

Hayden Green examines the potential costs and benefits of introducing a compulsory email portability regime in New Zealand to complement the existing telephone number portability regulations.

Axiom Article – Is it time to introduce email portability?  (PDF, 149kB)

Economic review of transmission pricing consultation paper

Hayden Green and Katherine Lowe provide an economic analysis of the Electricity Authority’s latest consultation paper on proposed changes to the transmission pricing methodology (TPM).

Axiom Report – Economic review of TPM supplementary consultation paper  (PDF, 918kB)

Economic review of retail payments systems issues paper

Hayden Green and Katherine Lowe provide an economic analysis for the New Zealand Bankers’ Association of an Issues Paper released by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment that highlighted several supposed inefficiencies in retail payments markets, including the level of credit card interchange fees.

Axiom Report – Economic review of retail payments systems issues paper  (PDF, 1MB)

Economic analysis of proposed Sky/Vodafone merger

Hayden Green provides an economic analysis for Fetch TV of a particular aspect of the proposed merger between Sky Network Television Limited and Vodafone New Zealand Limited.

Axiom Report – Economic analysis of proposed Sky/Vodafone merger  (PDF, 784kb)

Economic review of transmission pricing methodology proposal

Hayden Green and Katherine Lowe provide an economic review of substantial proposed changes to the transmission pricing methodology set out in a paper released by the New Zealand Electricity Authority and its accompanying quantitative cost benefit analysis.

Axiom Report – Economic review of transmission pricing methodology proposal  (PDF, 2MB)

Economic review of distributed generation pricing principles paper

Hayden Green and Katherine Lowe review in an expert report a consultation paper released by the New Zealand Electricity Authority in which it proposed radical changes to the pricing principles applied to distributed generators.

Axiom Report – Economic review of distributed generation pricing principles (PDF, 824kb)

Standing offer electricity retail prices: the adverse consequences

Hayden Green and Katherine Lowe explore the potentially significant adverse effects arising from the continuing obligation placed on electricity retailers in Australia to supply a default ‘standing offer’ tariff to their customers.

Axiom Article – Standing Offer Electricity Retail Prices, the Adverse Consequences (PDF, 185kb)

How to rig an auction: the ‘ring’ and the ‘knock’

Hayden Green steps through the potential competitive effects of ‘buying groups’ using the example of a group of New South Wales-based scrap metal dealers who were caught engaging in collusive bidding at scrap metal auctions throughout the state in the early 2000s.

Axiom Article – How to Rig an Auction, the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Knock’ (PDF, 358kb)

Commerce Commission decides not to regulate gas metering: curious or common sense?

Hayden Green examines the New Zealand Commerce Commission decision not to recommend the regulation of gas metering services and concludes that the case for regulatory intervention was even weaker than suggested.

Axiom Article – Commerce Commission Decides not to Regulate Gas Metering (PDF, 206kb)

Disclaimer

The publications and other information referred to on this website have been prepared for specific purposes, clients and circumstances. Axiom Economics is not liable for any loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of reliance on any of these documents.