Joe Branigan


Joe Branigan is the Director of Tulipwood Economics, a public policy consulting firm based in Brisbane Queensland. Joe is also a Senior Research Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility UOW where he leads the Infrastructure Economics Research Group (IERG), and a Fellow at the Australian Institute for Progress (AiP).

Joe is a leading public policy economist with over 20 years’ experience in the public sector, academia and private sector consulting. Joe has extensive expertise in infrastructure economics, tourism, telecommunications, resources economics, public finance, economic regulation, financial modelling, cost benefit appraisal and economic impact analysis. Joe is a regular commentator on current public policy issues in the media.

For many years, Joe managed Professor Henry Ergas’ consulting firm Green Square Associates (GSA) where he also led many GSA consulting assignments. Joe is a former regulator at the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) and former economic advisor to the American Ambassador to Australia Robert McCallum Jr. when he worked for the US Department of State. Early in his career, Joe worked at the Productivity Commission and then Federal Treasury. He began his career with the Queensland Treasury Department in 1998 after completing a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) at the University of Queensland in 1997.