Jenny Gordon

Jenny Gordon

Chief Economist

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Jenny has spent much of her post-academic career applying economics to public policy questions. She comes to Nous from the Productivity Commission, where she was principal advisor, research for ten years. Prior, she spent 14 years at the Centre for International Economics (CIE); where her work ranged from strategic planning to program design and evaluation, and focused largely on agricultural and other research, financial market development, and industry policy. Much of Jenny’s work has expanded the traditional cost-benefit analysis to include environmental, health and social impacts.

Influential work

  • Designed the funding arrangements for the reform of the childcare support system at the Productivity Commission
  • Highlighted the need for policy responses to the social and environmental challenges arising from the immigration program in the Commission’s report on migrant intake
  • Advised on reform of the regulation of the not-for-profit sector that led to the establishment of the Charities and Not-for-profit Commission
  • Designed and evaluated AusAID support in domestic debt management to the Indonesian Government
  • Advised and trained the State Bank of Vietnam on the evolution of the state-owned commercial banks as trade agreements opened up the banking system
  • Measured the environmental and social values of new water supply options to provide a comprehensive net benefit estimate of the options for Actew.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous Jenny was principal advisor, research at the Productivity Commission from 2008 to 2018. At the Commission Jenny was involved in many inquiries – including the reform of the childcare and aged care systems – as well as overseeing the research program. Prior to this she spent 14 years at the CIE, with six as a partner in the firm.

Jenny is an honorary professor at the Centre for Social Policy and Methods at the Australian National University. She holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University, and a Master and a Bachelor (Honours) of Economics from Macquarie University.

In her spare time...

Jenny can be found working in the family vineyard as an assistant winemaker, producing a great pinot noir; or indulging her passion for horses and trying to improve her dressage scores.