Jenny Gordon has recently retired from the Productivity Commission, where she was the Principal Advisor Research. In this role Jenny oversaw the Commission’s research program and provided advice and quality assurance for research and inquiry work across both the Melbourne and Canberra Offices. She joined the Commission in March 2008, after 14 years at the Centre for International Economics, six as Director and partner in the firm. Jenny completed a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1993, and taught macroeconomics and econometrics at Wellesley College before returning to Australia in 1995. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Jenny taught at Macquarie University, and was previously at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Jenny has extensive experience working in Asia on issues of economic governance financial development, and trade policy. Her areas of work experience include the development and evaluation of government policies in the areas of research and development, infrastructure, human services, agriculture and the environment. At the Commission, Jenny was particularly involved in social policy inquires including the reform of the aged care and the childcare systems, and of the regulation of the not-for-profit sector. She also undertook a range of productivity related projects, including work on reforming regulatory processes, improving market efficiency, and assessing trends in productivity. She retains a strong interest in measuring and understanding non-market outcomes, the trade-offs with market outcomes, and how a wider cost-benefit analysis can be better used to inform policy decisions.