CMD Newsletters

August 2019

The Centre for Market Design is now in its third phase of operation, as a university research centre following six successful years working as a consortium in partnership with the Commonwealth and Victorian Treasuries.

We thank our outgoing Board members for their innovation and commitment to the CMD since its inception in 2012 and look forward to collaborating with our new Advisory Board, Directors and affiliates.

Our excellence in building capability, applying economic design to policy and producing high quality research continues.  Read our 2018 Annual Report HERE.

We thank you for your interest in the CMD and look forward to updating you further on our operation later this year. Please read on for recent news on the CMD.

Simon Loertscher, Director

Leadership team

We welcome two new Deputy Directors – Professor Tom Wilkening and Dr Alexandru Nichifor – to our leadership team in 2019.  Tom and Alex have long been affiliates at the CMD and we are enthusiastic about the energy they bring to the CMD. We also welcome two new Post-doctoral Fellows to the CMD this year - Andy Wu and Byeong-hyeon Jeong.  We plan to appoint another Post-doctoral Fellow in 2020.

Next generation of market designers arrive for Hordern Winter School

The Centre for Market Design has hosted an enthusiastic group of next-generation market design scholars from across Australia at the inaugural Frontiers in Market Design and Analysis Hordern Winter School.

The 20 students, selected from across Australia and representing 12 regional and metropolitan universities, are emerging leaders in the field of market design. They spent three days at the University of Melbourne from 17-19 July, immersed in modern microeconomics.

The CMD Director, Professor Simon Loertscher, and colleagues Associate Professor David Byrne (CMD Director of Capability Building) and Dr Siqi Pan, welcomed the students for classes, collaboration and conversations to spark ideas and to form lasting relationships.

We thank the Samuel and June Hordern Endowment and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne for their generous donations to enable us to hold this Winter School, and hopefully many more such endeavours in the future.

Improving disability transport

Director of Policy, Gary Stoneham and his team completed a pilot with CMD partner, Professor Charles Plott from the California Institute of Technology, that improved transport for school children with a disability in Melbourne. Read more on the Projects page.

Reducing electricity use

Director of Capability Building, Associate Professor David Byrne was instrumental in the design and evaluation of a Power Changers large scale randomised controlled trial at Victorian energy distributor Jemena. Read more on the Projects page.

Waste sector reform

The health and environmental impacts of waste is an ongoing challenge for all levels of government. Director of Policy, Gary Stoneham, is working with Infrastructure Victoria to assess the waste sector in Victoria. Read more on the Projects page.