1995 Ph.D., Department of Economics, University of British Columbia.
1992 M.A., University of British Columbia.
1990 M.Com., University of Canterbury.
1989 B.Com., University of Canterbury.
1985 Diploma in Japanese Language, Japan Missionary Language Institute, Tokyo.
Economics and Science Group, from 2015.
Society for Economic Measurement, elected 2014.
U.S.Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, elected 2011.
Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, elected 2010.
Kevin Fox works primarily in the field of economic measurement, with a focus on productivity and prices. After studying Japanese in Tokyo for two years, he studied economics at the University of Canterbury and the University of British Columbia. He joined the School in 1994. He chaired the 16th Series CPI Review Advisory Group in 2009-2010, he is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Methodology Advisory Committee, and has been a consultant for agencies such as the Australian Treasury, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Swiss National Bank, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Asian Development Bank, and the New Zealand Treasury. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and President of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
Director of Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER)
2014-2017 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, “The Economic Measurement of Property Markets: Prices, Bubbles, Economic Growth and Productivity,” with G. Otto, N. Stapledon, M. Hu, M. Kulish, W.E. Diewert, and I Syed. Industry Partners: RF Capital and CorVal Partners Limited. Total cash Funding: $1,075,000.
2008-2013: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, 'Tackling the Tough Problems in Productivity Measurement: Infrastructure, Services and R&D,' with G. Otto, W.E. Diewert, E. Connolly and D. Parham. Industry Partners: Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission. Total cash funding: $947,322
2007-2010: Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities program, 'Salinity, Uncertainty and Property,' with R.Q. Grafton and R. Keenan: $308,000
2007-2010: Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities program, 'The Benefits and Costs of Bio-security,' with T. Kompas: $380,000
2006-2008: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, for 'Scanner Data in the Consumer Price Index: How to expand and improve their use,' with J. de Haan, P-H. van Mulligan and M. Silver. Industry Partners: Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Central Bureau of Statistics (Netherlands). Total cash funding: $287,000
2005-2007: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, for 'Biosecurity or Trade Barrier? The Economic Costs of Quarantine,' with R.Q. Grafton: $142,402
2005-2007: Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, for 'Measurement and Sources of Productivity Growth under Imperfect Competition,' with W.E. Diewert: $257,000
2005-2007: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, for 'Economic Analysis of an Environmental Challenge: Salinity, Uncertainty and Property,' with R.Q. Grafton and R. Keenan. Industry Partner: Bureau of Rural Sciences. Total cash funding: $180,000
2004-2005: Spanish Ministry of Education Grant: 26,500 Euros
2003-2005: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, for 'Can Electronic Point-of-Sale (POS) Data Improve the Australian Consumer Price Index,' with R.J. Hill. Industry Partner: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Total cash funding: $161,500
2003-2004: Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, for 'Regional Comparisons of Prices, Income and Growth in Australia,' with R.J. Hill. Industry Partner: Australian Bureau of Statistics. Total cash funding: $131,000
Can Inflation be Accurately Measured During a Lockdown?
Institute of Labor Economics
"Recalculating GDP for the Facebook age"
Financial Times, November 2018.
“Transactions data: a smarter method for measuring inflation”
Business Think, October 2017 Issue.
“Where is the productivity benefit in R&D tax credits?”
Business Think, October 2014 Issue.
From the December 2017 quarter, the Australian Bureau of Statistics implemented methodological changes to maximise the use of transactions data to compile the CPI. This has come about as a result of UNSW-based research, conducted with the financial support of the Australian Research Council through the Linkage Grants program, in collaboration with the ABS and Statistics Netherlands. For further details, see the following and references therein:
ABS (2017), “An implementation plan to maximise the use of transactions data in the CPI,” Information Paper 6401.0.60.004, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra.
From the September 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand incorporated retail transactions data into the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The method is a variant of that originally proposed by EMI group members. For further details, see the following, and references therein:
Krsinich, F. (2015), “Implementation of Consumer Electronics Scanner Data in the New Zealand CPI,” Statistics New Zealand. Paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Economists conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 3 July.
President, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW).
Invited Member, UN/IMF/OECD/World Bank/Eurostat Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts, Digitalisation subgroup.
Chair, Panel B of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. (Panel B represents Fellows of the Academy from Accounting, Economics, Economic History, Statistics and Marketing).
Productivity Measurement Reference Group, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Academic Representative, Economic Data and Analysis Network (EDAN) Governance Committee, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Advisor, Methodology Advisory Committee, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Advisor, The Treasury, Australian Government.
Council Member, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.
Policy and Advocacy Committee, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Panel B Committee, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Australasian Standing Committee, The Econometric Society.
Advisory Council, Society for Economic Measurement.
International Advisory Board, International Productivity Monitor.
Digital Productivity Reference Group, Department of Communications and the Arts, 2016-2017.
Advisory Group on Services Productivity, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), 2016-2017.
Chair, Advisory Group, 16th Series CPI Review, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2009–2010.