Professor John Foster


Phone: +61 7 336 56780

Fax: +61 7 336 57299

Location: 639 [colin clark building]

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Coventry, MA(Econ) Manchester, PhD Manchester, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Research interests:

  • The impact of carbon trading on the electricity supply sector and the wider economy (ARC funded)
  • The economics of distributed, low carbon energy generation (CSIRO funded)
  • The complex statistical properties of economic and financial time series data (ARC Funded)

Selected Publications:

  • Hinich, Melvin J., Foster, John and Wild, Phillip (2010) A statistical uncertainty principle for estimating the time of a discrete shift in the mean of a continuous time random process. Journal of St
  • Wild, Phillip, Foster, John and Hinich, Melvin J. (2010) Identifying nonlinear serial dependence in volatile, high-frequency time series and its implications for volatility modeling. Macroeconomic Dyn
  • Hinich, Melvin, Foster, John and Wild, Phillip (2009) Discrete fourier transform filters: Cycle extraction and Gibbs effect considerations. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 13 4: 523-534.
  • Foster, John, Hinich, Melvin J. and Wild, Phillip (2008) Randomly modulated periodic signals in Australia`s National Electricity market. The Energy Journal, 29 3: 105-129.
  • Metcalfe, JS, Foster, J and Ramiogan, R (2006) Adaptive economic growth. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 30 1: 7-32.


  • Assessing the impacts of proposed carbon trading and tax schemes on the Australian electricity industry and the overall economy. ARC Linkage Grant (with John Quiggin), $323,986 (July 2008 – June 2011)
  • Market and economic modelling of distributed generation and local cooperating agent-based demand side management. CSIRO, iGRID Flagship Grant, $571,000 (July 2008 - June 2011)

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