Energy and the environment are two of the most important focuses in current policy. This program looks at the application and development of statistical modelling for economic models in these areas. The program intends to provide a forum for econometricians and environmental and energy professionals to collaborate and engage through publications, workshops and conferences to further the contribution of econometric methods to the debate on the future of energy and the environment.
The main objective of the research program in Financial Econometrics is the conduct of research in empirical finance; both in the development of statistical methods of financial econometrics and their application to financial markets. In addition, the program seeks to provide a forum for the transfer of ideas between practitioners and academics through publication, seminars, workshops and specifically designed conferences, and thereby play a coordinating role for financial econometrics research in Australia.
The sportometrics program has the aim to promote research that develops and tests a wide variety of economic hypotheses using sports data as a real-world laboratory (controlled environment). Sports events can be seen as closed and highly competitive environments within well-defined rules, offering the chance of using data drawn from actual economic settings, and generating outcomes that come very close to holding other factors constant. In most of the cases the research questions go beyond the playing field, addressing broad economic issues, and applying sophisticated econometric and theoretical tools. Several researchers within our group (e.g., Robert Tollison, Lawrence Kahn or Stefan Szymanski) have pioneered this area, increasing the awareness and usefulness of this research.