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Dr Richard Tooth

Dr Richard Tooth


Richard is an economist with expertise in economic policy, regulation and applied econometrics. His expertise crosses a range of industries including water, energy, information technology, natural resources, land transport, insurance and other financial services. His clients include corporations, industry associations, government departments and regulators.

Richard has over 20 years’ consulting experience (around 15 with Sapere) and has led over 100 engagements. He has authored several research publications and lectured at a post-graduate level. He is a former President of the NSW branch of the Economic Society of Australia and is currently a research associate with the Centre for Water Economics Environment and Policy at the Crawford School of Economics, Australian National University.



  • Data analytics
  • Economic and market analysis
  • Evaluations
  • Regulatory and cost benefit analysis
  • Strategy and business cases


  • Economic development
  • Finance and insurance
  • Infrastructure and transport
  • Public sector policy and finance

Qualifications & accolades

  • PhD, School of Economics, University of New South Wales, 2006
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Victoria, Canada, 1994 (Finished top of class)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Tasmania, 1986 Major in Information Science & Mathematics (Placed on Dean’s Roll of Honour for each year attended)

Recent work highlights include:

  • Stormwater Pricing Study for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission
  • Review and test of a framework for valuing green infrastructure and public spaces
  • Developing an approach for water utilities to assess water efficiency investments
  • Cost-benefit analysis and strategic business case support for investment in the NSW cultural infrastructure
  • Critique/review of a water utility’s customer engagement
  • A review of the application of the Consumer Data Right to the insurance sector
  • Regulatory review of a demand adjustment mechanism in the water sector
  • Gateway reviews for NSW investments (including in a hospital development, water infrastructure, and land acquisition)
  • Developing a business case for investment in Sale Yards in regional community
  • A grant application/business case for to support the development of an industrial transport precinct


Case studies

Stormwater Pricing Study for the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission / Te Waihanga

Better measurement of the direct and indirect costs and benefits of resilience


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