Dr Tingsong Jiang


Dr Tingsong Jiang has 30 years consulting experience advising public and private sector clients on economic policy and reform issues in international trade, agriculture, environment and resources, housing, science and technology, and regional development in Australia and China.

Tingsong joined the CIE in 2002 as a Senior Economist. He has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU). Before joining the CIE, he was a postdoctoral fellow at ANU’s then Asia-Pacific School of Economics and Management. Tingsong had worked at China’s National Environmental Protection Agency’s Nanjing Institute of Environmental Studies for more than eight years.

Tingsong’s key areas of expertise include the following:

  • Economic modelling and quantitative analysis. Tingsong has been using many economic models of the Australian and global economies, often with modifications, including CIE-REGIONS, GTAP, TERM, and etc. for various projects. He is also a key person at the CIE to develop and update several in-house commodity models. He has been working with Professor Warwick McKibbin of ANU on a multi-country dynamic general equilibrium model, G-Cubed. He also built a general equilibrium model of the Chinese economy with regional dimensions, CERD.
  • Trade policies. Tingsong recently finished a study on the impact of Australia’s trade liberalisation including education services liberalisation in the past 30 years, Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with EU and the North Asia (China, Japan and Korea) free trade agreements with Australia. He has also been involved in a series of studies of the impact of free trade agreements Australia and/or New Zealand negotiated with other countries including the United States, China, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. He also did research on the impact of China’s WTO accession and on regional free trade agreements such as the proposed free trade area of Asia Pacific.
  • Industry policy analysis. Thingsong has experience of policy analysis in a variety of sectors including education, research and science, mining, agriculture, energy, building and construction industry. He has been working on evaluating the impacts of international students on Australian and regional economies, the benefits of scientific research collaboration between Australia and China and Japan, the benefits and distribution of benefits of R&D in Australian agriculture and food value chain, the estimation of tax burdens and the impact of tax reform in the residential building sector, the contribution of the building sector to the general economy, evaluating the impact of apprentice and award reform in the building industry on the industry and the general economy, projecting employment and skills demand from Australian regions, the electricity sector and the construction industry.
  • Regulation impact analysis. Tingsong has used various economic models to quantify the impacts of various policy issues, such as banning imports of illegally logged timber and timber products, business tax reform, carbon emissions trading scheme, harmonisation of security industry regulations in Australia, and food and nutrition labelling. Tingsong is currently leading a RIS project to evaluate the proposed changes to the energy efficiency provisions for commercial buildings in the National Construction Code (NCC).
  • Project evaluation and cost-benefit analysis. Tingsong has used various economic models to quantify the impact of major projects. Recently he completed an assessment of the economic impact of coal mines in Queensland using the CIE-Regions model, and an evaluation of the national and local impacts of a major mining development project in the Philippines using the GTAP model and input-output analysis including constructing the national and regional input-output tables.
  • Natural resources and environmental economics. Tingsong has extensive work in water and mining resource management and pollution control policies, climate change policy and energy policy in particular. His PhD thesis was about economic instruments of pollution control with application in climate change and was published by Edward Elgar. Recently he has provided consulting services to Australian government agencies and industries on energy efficiency, mining tenement system, proposed mining resources tax, carbon emissions trading policy, emissions projections, and industrial policy for a low carbon economy.

Tinsong can be contacted in our Canberra office.