Professor Sinclair Davidson

Position

Professor, Institutional Economics

School /
Work Unit

Economics, Finance and Marketing

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 5869

sinclair.davidson@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 80
Level: 11
Room: 62

City Campus

College/Portfolio

Business

"Sinclair Davidson"

Qualifications

BCom, BCom(Hons), MCom (Wits), PhD, Grad Cert T&L (RMIT)

Teaching/Work responsibilities

Various subjects in Economics and Finance at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • Taxation
  • Property Rights

Monographs

Selected Publications

  • Davidson, S. and D. Kapelianis. 1996. “Towards an organisational theory of advertising: Agency-client relationships in South Africa” International Journal of Advertising. 15(1) 48-60.
  • Brooks, R., S. Davidson and R. Faff. 1997. “An examination of the effects of major political change on stock market volatility: The South African case”. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. 7(3) 255-274.
  • Brooks, R., S. Davidson and R. Faff. 2003. “Sudden changes in property rights: The case of Australian native title”. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 52(4) 427 – 442.
  • Davidson, S. 2005. “The 1997-98 crisis: A property rights perspective”. The Cato Journal. 25(3) 567 - 582.
  • Davidson, S., T. Fry and K. Jarvis. 2006. “Direct democracy in Australia: Voter behavior in the choice between constitutional monarchy and a republic”. European Journal of Political Economy. (22) 862 – 873.
  • Rumiah, V. and S. Davidson. 2007. “An information-adjusted noise model: Evidence of Inefficiency on the Australian Stock Market”. Journal of Behavioral Finance. 8(4) 209 – 224.
  • Davidson, S. Fry, T. Farrell, L. and Mihajilo, S. 2008, “Contestability of Australian federal elections”. Australian Journal of Political Science. 43(3) 1036 – 1146.
  • Davidson, S. and H. Spong. 2010. “Positive Externalities and R&D: Two Conflicting Traditions in Economic Theory”. Review of Political Economy. 22(3): 355 - 372.
  • Davidson, S. 2010. “Imprudent lending and the sub-prime crisis: An Austrian school perspective”. Griffith Law Review. 2010, 19(1): 98 – 108.
  • Davidson, S. 2010. “Bankers and scapegoats”. International Financial Review. 11: 119 – 134.
  • Davidson, S. and R. Heaney. 2012. “Effective tax rates and the Political Cost hypothesis: A re-evaluation of Australian evidence”. Australian Tax Forum. 27(1) 79 – 105.

Selected Book Chapters

  • Davidson, S. 2006. “Cut taxes to raise more revenue”. In, Peter Saunders. (Ed). Taxploitation: The case for income tax reform. Sydney: CIS.
  • Davidson, S. 2006. “Who’s not paying their fair share of income tax?”. In, Peter Saunders. (Ed). 2006. Taxploitation: The case for income tax reform. Sydney: CIS.
  • Davidson, S. 2009. “Tax and Welfare”. In, Keith Windschuttle, David Martin Jones and Ray Evans (eds). The Howard Era. Quadrant Books.
  • Davidson, S. 2009. Climategate: A failure of governance. In, Alan Moran (ed.), Climate Change: The Facts. Institute of Public Affairs.
  • Davidson, S. and V. Ramiah. 2010. “The information-adjusted noise model: theory and evidence from the Australian stock market. In Brian Bruce (ed.), The Handbook of Behavioral Finance. Edward Elgar.
  • Davidson, S. 2011. The faulty arguments behind Australia’s corporate income tax. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growth. Sydney: CIS.
  • Davidson, S. 2011. Fiscal Illusions: How big government makes tax look small. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growth. Sydney: CIS.
  • Davidson, S. 2011. Tax competition: Much to do about very little. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growth. Sydney: CIS.
  • Davidson, S. 2011. Good intentions versus self interest. In Andrew McIntyre (ed.), The Greens: Policies, Reality and Consequences. Connor Court.
  • Davidson, S. 2012. Tax and Transfers. In Gary Johns (ed.), Right Social Justice: better ways to help the poor. Connor Court.

Selected Professional Publications

  • Davidson, S. 2006. “A flat tax for Australia”. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
  • Davidson, S. 2006. “Back to basics: Why government funding is a waste of our money”. Institute of Public Affairs.
  • Davidson, S. and A. de Silva. 2011. “Costing of The Greens’ economic policies: Mining”. Minerals Council of Australia.
  • Davidson, S. 2012. “Mining Taxes and Subsidies: Official evidence”. Minerals Council of Australia.
  • Davidson, S. and A. de Silva. 2013. “The Australian coal industry – adding value to the Australian economy”. Minerals Council of Australia (then Australian Coal Association).
  • Davidson, S. 2013. “Productivity enhancing regulatory reform”, In Australia adjusting: Optimising national prosperity. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
  • Davidson, S. 2014. “Multinational corporations, stateless income and tax havens”. Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, April, 2014.
  • Davidson, S. 2014. “A critique of the coal divestment campaign”. Minerals Council of Australia.

Media Appearances

I am a regular contributor to public debate with opinion pieces having appeared in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Conversation, Daily Telegraph, The Drum, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia.

I am also a regular commentator in both radio and television.