Dr Robert Waschik is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director with the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS). Before joining CoPS in April 2015 he was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at La Trobe University. He moved to Australia from his native Canada in July 2000, where we worked as an Assistant/Associate Professor in the School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He has considerable experience as a university lecturer teaching subjects in international trade, public economics and general equilibrium modelling, among many others, and has supervised a number of Honours, masters and PhD students over the past 25 years.
Robert earned his PhD in Economics from Western University in London, Canada, in 1990. He has published over 20 articles in refereed academic journals.
His recent research projects have included: modelling the effects of transportation infrastructure investment projects on fuel use, safety costs, vehicle operating costs and maintenance costs and vehicle driving time in a CGE model for the Department of Transportation in the US and the State of Victoria; evaluating the contribution to their local regional economy made by the campuses of Universities which are members of the Regional Universities Network (RUN); using a CGE model to evaluate the effects of Local Content Restrictions like the US’s “Buy America” program and those applied by the State of Victoria in the Level Crossings Removal Project. These research projects have all involved the use of computable general equilibrium models.