Professor Abbas Valadkhani
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Swinburne Business School
- Centre for Transformative Innovation
- Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
- BA1201 Hawthorn campus
- ORCID profile
Professor Valadkhani graduated from the University of Queensland in 1997 and held full-time permanent positions at the University of Newcastle, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of New England (UNE).
His research on the cost of living has strong practical implications in the field of public policy. Improving transparency, efficiency and fairness for the good of the public have always been at the heart of his research. His research work in 2016, published in the Conversation and the Guardian, provided a significant policy input for several parliamentarians to conduct an inquiry into how Australia's 'Big Four' banks set interest rates, which was widely publicised by the media. At a Senate Committee inquiry, parliamentarians directly referred to his name and findings when questioning the CEOs of the 'Big Four' banks, resulting in more transparency and competition in the market.
More recently, in recognition of the public policy impact of his research, he received the 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award at Swinburne University of Technology. His work on the interest-rate setting behaviour of the Australian big-four banks was immediately read by federal politicians across the political spectrum including the leader of Katter’s Australian Party. In terms of engagement and impact, the Conversation ranked his article among the top six leading articles in its 2016 Stakeholder Report. He has recently secured several competitive grants from the ARC (DP120102753, Sole CI), Wollongong City Council and Regional Development Australia (2009–2010) and NSW Environmental Trust (2007).
He has supervised nine PhD students to successful completion.
He has recently been ranked in the top 7% of all economists in the world according to the RePEc:
This composite ranking is based on more than 34 different research criteria (including bibliographic data, citation analysis and popularity data).
RECENT REFEREED ARTICLES
(a) The refereed articles are classified by the 2019 ABDC journal ranking. (b) Impact factors are based on the latest Journal Citation Reports.
2019 ABDC Journal Ranking: A*
Impact factors are based on the latest Journal Citation Reports.
Valadkhani, A., Smyth, R. and Nguyen, J. (2019). Effects of primary energy consumption on CO2 emissions under optimal thresholds: Evidence from sixty countries over the last half century, Energy Economics, 80, 680-690 (5-Year Impact Factor=3.304).
Valadkhani, A., Nguyen, J. and Smyth, R. (2018), Consumer Electricity and Gas Prices Across Australian Capital Cities: Structural Breaks, Effects of Policy Reforms and Interstate Differences, Energy Economics, 72, 365-375 (5-Year Impact Factor=3.304).
Valadkhani, A. and Smyth, R. (2018) Asymmetric Responses in the Timing, and Magnitude, of Changes in Australian Monthly Petrol Prices to Daily Oil Price Changes, Energy Economics, 69, 89-100 (5-Year Impact Factor=3.304).
Valadkhani, A., Smyth, R., Worthington, A., (2017) Regional Seasonality in Australian House and Apartment Price Returns, Regional Studies, 51(10), 1553-1567 (5-Year Impact Factor=3.304)
Valadkhani, A., and Smyth, R. (2017), How Do Daily Changes in Oil Prices Affect US Monthly Industrial Output? Energy Economics, 67, 83-90 (5-Year Impact Factor=4.410).
Valadkhani, A., and Smyth, R. (2017) Self-Exciting Effects of House Prices on Unit Prices in Australian Capital Cities, Urban Studies, 54(10) 2376–2394 (Impact Factor=2.364)
Valadkhani, A., Roshdi, I. and Smyth, R. (2016) A Multiplicative Environmental DEA approach to measure efficiency changes in the world's major polluters, Energy Economics, 54, 363–375 (5-Year Impact Factor=4.410).
Valadkhani, A., Smyth, R. and Vahid, F. (2015), Asymmetric Pricing of Diesel at Its Source, Energy Economics, 52, 183-194, (5-Year Impact Factor=4.410).
Valadkhani, A. and O'Mahony, B. (2015), Dynamics of Australia's Tourism in a Multimarket Context, Annals of Tourism Research, 55, 173-177. (5-Year Impact Factor=5.544)
Valadkhani, A. (2014), Dynamic Effects of Rising Oil Prices on Consumer Energy Prices in Canada and the United States: Evidence from the Last Half a Century, Energy Economics, 45, 33-44. (5-Year Impact Factor=4.410)
Valadkhani, A. (2013), Do Petrol Prices Rise Faster than They Fall When the Market Shows Significant Disequilibria? Energy Economics, 39, 66–80. (5-Year Impact Factor=4.410)
2019 ABDC Journal Ranking: A
Nguyen, J., Valadkhani, A. and Gholamreza Hajargasht, (2020) The Choice Between Renewables and Non-Renewables: Evidence From Electricity Generation in 29 Countries, Energy Journal, 42(6), Accepted 18 October 2020 [Impact Factor=2.456].
Nguyen, J. and Valadkhani, A., (2020) Dynamic responses of tourism arrivals in Australia to daily currency fluctuations, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 45, 71-78 [Impact Factor: 3.415].
Valadkhani, A. and Nguyen, J. (2019). Long-run effects of disaggregated renewable and non-renewable energy consumption on real output, Applied Energy, 255, 113796. [Quintile=Q1, 5-Year Impact Factor: 8.558].
Valadkhani, A., Nguyen, J. and O'Brien, M (2019) Asymmetric Responses of House Prices to Changes in the Mortgage Interest Rate: Evidence From the Australian Capital Cities, Applied Economics, 51(53), 5781-5792.
Valadkhani, A, Nguyen, J and Hajargasht, G. (2019), Incorporating daily market uncertainty data into a conventional short-run dynamic model: The case of the black-market exchange rate in Iran, Applied Economics, 51(45), 4982-4991.
Hajargasht, G., Rao, D.S.P. and Valadkhani, A. (2019) Reliability of Basic Heading PPPs, Economics Letters, 180, 102–107 [SRA=Q2, ABDC=A].
Valadkhani, A, Nguyen, J and Bowden, M. (2019), Pathways to reduce CO2 emissions as countries proceed through stages of economic development, Energy Policy, 129, 268-278.
Nguyen, J., Valadkhani, A. and Smyth, R. (2018) Mortgage Product Diversity: Responding to Consumer Demand or Protecting Lender Profit? An Asymmetric Panel Analysis, Applied Economics, 50(43), 4694-4704.
Valadkhani, A. and O'Mahony, B. (2018), Identifying Structural Changes and Regime Switching in Growing and Declining Inbound Tourism Markets in Australia, Current Issues in Tourism, 21(3), 277–300. (Impact Factor=2.451)
Hosseinzadeh, A., Smyth, R., Valadkhani, A. and Moradi, A. (2018), What Determines the Efficiency of Australian Mining Companies?, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62(1), 121–138 (Impact Factor=1.826)
Hosseinzadeh, A., Smyth, R., Valadkhani, A. and Moradi, A. (2017), What Determines the Efficiency of Australian Mining Companies?, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62, 121–138 (Impact Factor=1.826)
Kennedy, T. Smyth, R, Valadkhani, A., Chen, G. (2017), Does income inequality hinder economic growth? New evidence using Australian taxation statistics, Economic Modelling, 65, 119–128 (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Kennedy, T. Smyth, R, Valadkhani, A., Chen, G. (2017), Refitting the Kuznets Curve Using a Gender-Specific Threshold Model, Applied Economics, 49(19), 1847-54 (Impact Factor=0.613).
Valadkhani, A., Smyth, R. and O'Mahony, B. (2017), Asymmetric causality between Australian inbound and outbound tourism flows, Applied Economics, 49(1), 33-50 (Impact Factor=0.613).
Shi, S., Valadkhani, A., Smyth, R. and Vahid, F. (2016), Dating the Timeline of House Price Bubbles in Australian Capital Cities, Economic Record, 92(299), 590–605 (Impact Factor=0.712).
Valadkhani, A. and Smyth, R. (2016), The Effects of the Motor Vehicle Industry on Employment and Research Innovation in Australia, International Journal of Manpower, 37(4), 684 – 708. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.060).
Hosseinzadeh, A. Smyth, R, Valadkhani, and Le, V. (2016), Analysing the Efficiency Performance of Major Australian Mining Companies Using Bootstrap Data Envelopment Analysis, Economic Modelling, 57, 26-35 (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Valadkhani, A. (2015), Okun’s law in Australia, Economic Record, 91(295), 509-522. (Impact Factor=0.92).
Valadkhani, A. and Smyth, R. (2015), Switching and Asymmetric Behaviour of the Okun Coefficient in the US: Evidence for the 1948-2015 Period, Economic Modelling, 50, 281-290. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Valadkhani, A., (2015), Asymmetric Size Dependent Effects of the Output Gap on Inflation: US Evidence from the Last Half a Century, Applied Economics, 47(33), 3525-39. (Impact Factor=0.613).
Valadkhani, A., Kotey, B., and Chen, G. (2014), Asymmetric Changes in Australia's Small Business Loan Rate, Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, 43(4), 945-957. (Impact Factor=2.421).
Valadkhani, A. and Worthington, A. (2014), Asymmetric Behavior of Australia's Big-4 Banks in the Mortgage Market, Economic Modelling, 43, 57-66. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Valadkhani, A. (2014), Switching Impacts of the Output Gap on Inflation: Evidence from Canada, the UK and the US, International Review of Economics and Finance, 33, 270-285. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.363).
Valadkhani, A. (2014), Analysing Interest Rate Mark-Ups in the Australian Mortgage Market, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, 31, 343–361. (Impact Factor=1.237).
Valadkhani, A. and Babacan, A (2014), Modelling How Much Extra Motorists Pay on the Road? A Cross-Sectional Study of Profit Margins of Unleaded Petrol in Australia, Energy Policy, 69, 179-188. (5-Year Impact Factor=4.599).
Valadkhani, A. and Bollen, B. (2013), An Alternative Approach to the Modelling of Interest Rate Pass Through and Asymmetric Adjustment, Economics Letters, 120(3), 491–494. (5-Year Impact Factor=0.659).
Valadkhani, A., (2013), The Pricing Behaviour of Australian Banks and Building Societies in the Residential Mortgage Market, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, 26, 133– (5-Year Impact Factor=1.772).
Valadkhani, A., (2013), Seasonal Patterns in Daily Prices of Unleaded Petrol across Australia, Energy Policy, 56, 720-731. (5-Year Impact Factor=4.599).
Valadkhani, A. (2013), Modelling the Terminal Gate Prices of Unleaded Petrol in Australia, Economic Modelling, 33, 233–243. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Anwar, S. and Valadkhani, A. (2013), Tourism and the Services Sector Growth in Singapore, Tourism Analysis, 18(1), 103–109.
Anwar, S., Sun, S. and Valadkhani, A. (2013), International Outsourcing of Skill Intensive Tasks and Wage Inequality, Economic Modelling, 31(2), 590-597. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Valadkhani, A., Harvie, C. and Karunanayake, I. (2013), Global Output Growth and Volatility Spillovers, Applied Economics, 45(5), 637– (Impact Factor=0.613).
Ali, S. Z., Anwar, S. and Valadkhani, A. (2012), Macroeconomic Consequences of Increased Productivity in Less Developed Economies, Economic Modelling, 29(3), 621– (5-Year Impact Factor=1.573).
Valadkhani, A. and Anwar, S. (2012), Interest Rate Pass Through and the Asymmetric Relationship between the Cash Rate and the Mortgage Rate, Economic Record, 88(282), 341–350 (Impact Factor=0.712).
Valadkhani, A. and Ville, S. (2010), Ranking and Clustering of the Faculties of Commerce Research Performance in Australia, Applied Economics, 42(22), 2881– (Impact Factor=0.613).
O’Brien, M., Valadkhani, A. and Townsend, K. (2008), The Australian Labour Market in 2007, Journal of Industrial Relations, 50(3), 383– (Impact Factor=0.922).
O’Brien, M., Valadkhani, A., Waring, P. and Denniss, R. (2007), The Australian Labour Market in 2006, Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(3), 311-236. (Impact Factor=0.684).
Rodgers, J. and Valadkhani, A. (2006), A Multi-Dimensional Ranking of Australian Economics Departments, Economic Record, 82(256), 30– (Impact Factor=0.712).
Valadkhani, A. (2005), GST Effects on Goods and Services Included in the CPI Basket, Economic Record, 81(255), S104– (Impact Factor=0.712).
Valadkhani, A. (2004), History of Macroeconometric Modelling: Lessons from Past Experience, Journal of Policy Modeling, 26(2), 265-81. (5-Year Impact Factor=1.269).
Worthington, A. and Valadkhani, A. (2004), Measuring the Impact of Natural Disasters on Capital Markets: An Empirical Application Using Intervention Analysis, Applied Economics, 36(19), 2177– (Impact Factor=0.613).
Macroeconomic policy; Energy Economics; Retail interest rates; Cost of living; Fuel pricing
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
PhD topics and outlines
Cost of Living and Competitiveness : Studies on the impact of market transparency and competitiveness on cost of living and economic wellbeing.
EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY: Research on the measurement of efficiency and productivity within the data envelopment analysis (DEA) framework.
Fuel pricing: competitive fuel pricing in both retail and wholesale markets.
Fields of Research
- Applied Economics - 140200
- 2015, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
- 2015, Swinburne, Best Publication within the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Swinburne
- 2010, Other, Faculty of Commerce Outstanding Researcher of the Year: Special Commendation, University of Wollongong
- 2009, Select, Faculty of Commerce Research Excellence Award, University of Wollongong
- 2008, Other, Faculty of Commerce Service to Research Award, University of Wollongong
- 2008, Other, Faculty of Commerce Research Excellence Award, University of Wollongong
- 2006, Other, Faculty of Commerce Researcher of the Year Award , University of Wollongong
- 2006, Other, Faculty of Commerce Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award , University of Wollongong
- 2003, Other, School of Economics and Finance Teaching Award , QUT
- 2003, Other, Faculty of Business New Teacher Award , QUT
Also published as: Valadkhani, Abbas; Valadkhani, A.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2017: PhD scholarship for Thi Thanh Nga Vo *; Vietnam International Education Development
* Chief Investigator
- 2020-06-09: The great credit card rip-off – and how much extra we’ve paid - Choice website
- 2020-04-30: Cheap petrol: How NSW regional towns pay 16c a litre more - Daily Telegraph
- 2016-10-06: Rockets and feathers for ANZ's Shayne Elliott - Sydney Morning Herald
- 2016-10-05: How banks make millions delaying interest rate cuts: rockets up, feathers down - The Guardian
- 2016-10-05: The bank profits in delaying rate cut - The Courier Mail
- 2015-12-07: The best time to sell property across Australia - Weekly Times
- 2015-12-06: The best time to sell property across Australia - Daily Telegraph
- 2015-12-06: The best time to sell property across Australia - Herald Sun
- 2015-12-05: House hunters to save cash depending on month of purchase - Courier Mail
- 2015-07-13: Melbourne house prices tipped to dive, while Sydney's climb then plateau - Sydney Morning Herald
- 2015-06-01: New Treasury boss John Fraser calls for â€œdeep investigationâ€ of credit card rates - News
- 2015-06-01: RBA, Treasury probe high credit card interest rates - Sydney Morning Herald
- 2014-07-09: How you can save big money on your mortgage - New Daily
- 2014-05-19: Adelaide Bank Offers Most Affordable Home Loans, Research Finds - â€¢ Courier-Mail
- 2014-04-14: Hobart drivers ripped off at the bowser in great servo swindle - Mercury
- 2014-04-13: Melbourne motorists fleeced on fuel - The Herald Sun
- 2013-11-07: Regional Australia fuel rip-off - Bush Telegraph
- 2013-10-30: ACT stung in petrol pricing - Canberra Times
- 2013-10-30: Newcastle's petrol rip-off - Newcastle Herald
- 2013-10-13: Grafton outside top 10 towns in cheap petrol prices - Daily Examiner