Economist, 2014 - present
We at Asianomics Group Limited use an Austrian school inspired economic framework to provide investors with an alternative perspective on Asian and global economies and markets. We believe that profits are the key signal that drive economic growth and central-bank meddling only results in distorted relative prices. Those distortions may artificially maintain growth in the short term, but in the medium- and long-term they slow growth by misdirecting capital, leading to false asset prices and suppressed interest rates. Using various elements of the profit cycle (earnings themselves, cash flows, credit, real lending rates, official interest rates and numerous other factors affecting business decision makers), we assess individual countries to determine whether or not they are in the sweet or sour spot in the profit-driven growth cycle.
PhD Candidate, 2011 - 2014
Through a New Institutional Economics lens, the ports of Port Hedland (Australia), Prince Rupert (Canada), and Tauranga (New Zealand) were analysed over time. The study demonstrated how the institutional pay-off structure determined what organisational forms came into existence at each port and where, why and how they directed their resources.
The thesis concludes that for ports, institutions do matter: without understanding the institutional constraints a particular port faces at a particular point in time, even the best laid plans may go awry.