What we do

Recent Work



Public Policy

    - Public Financial Management

    - Tax Policy

    - Program Analysis

    - Regulatory Impact Analysis

Economic Analysis

    - Cost Benefit Appraisal

    - Economic Impact Analysis

Financial Analysis

    - Financial Modelling 

    - Business Case Development

    - Business Case Review


    - Joe is a regular speaker at

      conferences and in the media

Joe Branigan

Director of Tulipwood Economics

Joe Branigan - Tulipwood Economic

Welcome to Tulipwood Economics

31 July 2018


Debt Watch

16 March 2020


Fiscal consolidation in the 2010’s will help fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Queensland Economy Watch Blog


28 May 2020

"Qld-NSW border war (of words) chat with Joe Branigan from Tulipwood Economics"

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Future Timber Hub

30 May 2020

Tulipwood Economics is currently assisting the Future Timber Hub at the University of Queensland evaluate four marquee projects.

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COVID19: Getting Australia Back to Work

21 August 2020

The Menzies Research Centre released a report by Professor Henry Ergas AO and Joe Branigan COVID19: Getting Australia Back to Work that argues the costs of many social distancing restrictions, such as Queensland’s hard border closure are likely to be greater than any benefits in terms of avoided COVID19 cases. The report takes a step back at a critical term in the COVID response to evaluate the likely economic and social impacts of the social distancing restrictions and makes a number of recommendations to get Australians safely back to work.

COVID19 State of Play podcast with Gene Tunny

5 August 2020

I was interviewed again on the 5th August by Gene Tunny to discuss the deteriorating COVID situation in Victoria and whether that changed my view of the appropriate government response. 
Our conversation is published as the first part of the Economics Explained podcast episode:

Re-opening economies in this time of COVID-19 with Joe Branigan.  >

Interview with Gene Tunny on Menzies Research Paper COVID19: Getting Australia Safely Back to Work

17 July 2020

I was interviewed by Gene Tunny from Queensland Economy Watch and the Economic Explained podcast on my paper with Professor Henry Ergas COVID19: Getting Australia Safely Back to Work for the Menzies Research Centre. 

The link to the podcast is here and below is a sample of my comments: >


With the appropriate level of fanfare for an economics website, welcome to the Tulipwood Economics website! The purpose of the website is, of course, to promote TWE. The website describes my experience and industry expertise, as well as some of the technical skills I apply in my work.

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Tulipwood Economics assists the University of Queensland undertake a market analysis of Australia’s rail transit and rail freight market

15 December 2019


Tulipwood Economics is currently assisting the University of Queensland undertake a major study in to the Australian rail transit and rail freight markets for a major international rail manufacturer. The study looks at several rail markets in details, such as the five major heavy rail networks, the five major light rail networks, all regional passenger rail networks and the major freight networks by commodity.

Economics Explained podcast


16 April 2020


"Paying for the coronavirus rescue measures with Joe Branigan, Tulipwood Economics" 

APRIL 16TH, 2020 | 52:13 | E31

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Economics Explained podcast

2 April 2020

"Coronavirus responses with Joe Branigan, Tulipwood Economics" 

APRIL 2ND, 2020 | 36:12 | E29

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Queensland Economy Watch Blog

22 March 2020

"New COVID-19 chat with Joe Branigan of Tulipwood Economics"

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"COVID-19 conversation with Joe Branigan of Tulipwood Economics"

16 March 2020

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Opinion Piece in Today's Courier Mail

Urgent need to shift second language options

20 September 2018

Are we still turning Japanese? I don’t think so.
Ask any Queensland public school kid what second language has been foisted on them, and it is more likely than not the answer is Japanese.

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