Joseph Caruana

Senior Economist

Joseph is an economist with 10 years’ experience in economic and financial analysis and policy advice across the transport, water, energy, health, waste and taxation sectors. This includes: conducting project evaluations for large scale infrastructure projects, cost-benefit analysis, demand forecasting, regulatory price determinations and legislative development. Joseph worked for Endeavour Energy, Water NSW and the Commonwealth Treasury prior to joining the CIE.

Joseph’s areas of expertise are:

  • Developing analytical frameworks and models to evaluate policies and programs (including cost‑benefit analysis) — for example developed cost-benefit model to assess the economic merits of proposed transport solutions, water infrastructure and e‑health initiatives
  • Statistical analysis and demand forecasting  for example forecasting agricultural water demand
  • Regulatory economics — for example experience project managing all aspects of regulatory reviews to IPART and the ACCC
  • Policy analysis  for example research on the impact of the China National Sword and NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and Western Sydney Councils, facilitating informed negotiations on CDS refund shares and potential gate fee changes
  • Legislative development  for example advising portfolio government ministers, drafting proposed legislative amendments and explanatory memoranda.

Recent work includes business case evaluations, research projects and economic modelling (such as cost-benefit analysis) for Infrastructure Australia, Building Queensland, Transport for NSW, IPART, NSW EPA, Western Sydney Councils, Water Services Association of Australia and the CSIRO.

Joseph holds a Master of Economics / Econometrics from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) (Distinction) from the University of Wollongong.

Joseph can be contacted in the Sydney office.