Assoc Prof Paul Burke

Associate Professor
Crawford School of Public Policy

Paul Burke is an economist who is Associate Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. Paul's research focuses on energy, the environment, transport, and the economies of the Asia-Pacific. He is currently carrying out research on approaches to transition to zero-carbon energy in the Asia-Pacific, among other topics. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Honours I) from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.

Research interests

    Environmental Economics; Energy Economics; Transport Economics; Development Economics; Asia-Pacific Economies

    • Zhang, Tong and Burke, Paul J. 2020. The effect of fuel prices on traffic flows: Evidence from New South Wales. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 141, 502–522.
    • Best, Rohan, Burke, Paul J., and Jotzo, Frank. 2020. Carbon pricing efficacy: Cross-country evidence. Environmental and Resource Economics 77(1), 69–94.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2020. Energy mix persistence and the effect of carbon pricing. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 64(3), 555–574.
    • Do, Thang N., Burke, Paul J., Baldwin, Kenneth G.H., and Nguyen, Chinh T. 2020. Underlying drivers and barriers for solar photovoltaics diffusion: The case of Vietnam. Energy Policy 144, 111561.
    • Nishitateno, Shuhei and Burke, Paul J. 2020. Have vehicle registration restrictions improved urban air quality in Japan? Contemporary Economic Policy 38(3), 448–459.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2019. Is there regional lock-in of unemployment rates in Australia? Australian Journal of Labour Economics 22(2), 93–116.
    • Best, Rohan, Burke, Paul J., and Nishitateno, Shuhei. 2019. Evaluating the effectiveness of Australia’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme for rooftop solar. Energy Economics 84, 104475.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2019. Factors contributing to energy-related financial stress in Australia. Economic Record 95(311), 462–479.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Siyaranamual, Martin D. 2019. No one left behind in Indonesia? Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 55(3), 269–293.
    • Best, Rohan, Burke, Paul J., and Nishitateno, Shuhei. 2019. Understanding the determinants of rooftop solar installation: Evidence from household surveys in Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 63(4), 922–939.
    • Burke, Paul J., Widnyana, Jinnie, Anjum, Zeba, Aisbett, Emma, Resosudarmo, Budy P., and Baldwin, Kenneth G.H. 2019. Overcoming barriers to solar and wind energy adoption in two Asian giants: India and Indonesia. Energy Policy 132, 1216–1228.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2019. Fuel prices and road accident outcomes in New Zealand. New Zealand Economic Papers 53(2), 109–124.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2019. Macroeconomic impacts of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Empirical Economics 56(5), 1647–1681.
    • Teng, Meixuan, Burke, Paul J., and Liao, Hua. 2019. The demand for coal among China’s rural households: Estimates of price and income elasticities. Energy Economics 80, 928–936.
    • Burke, Paul J., Best, Rohan, and Jotzo, Frank. 2019. Closures of coal-fired power stations in Australia: local unemployment effects. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 62(1), 142–165.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2019. Book review: Fiscal Policies for Development and Climate Action, Miria A. Pigato (ed), World Bank, Washington, DC, 2019. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 55(2), 263–264.
    • Burke Paul J., Stern, David I., and Bruns, Stephan B. 2018. The impact of electricity on economic development: A macroeconomic perspective. International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics 12(1), 85–127.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2018. Electricity availability: A precondition for faster economic growth? Energy Economics 74, 321–329.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Teame, Ataklti. 2018. Fuel prices and road deaths in Australia. Economic Papers 37(2), 146–161.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2018. Adoption of solar and wind energy: The roles of carbon pricing and aggregate policy support. Energy Policy 118, 404–417.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2018. Metal footprint linked to economy. Nature Geoscience 11, 224–225.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Kurniawati, Sandra. 2018. Electricity subsidy reform in Indonesia: Demand-side effects on electricity use. Energy Policy 116, 410–421.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Abayasekara, Ashani. 2018. The price elasticity of electricity demand in the United States: A three-dimensional analysis. The Energy Journal 39(2), 123–145.
    • Stern, David I., Gerlagh, Reyer, and Burke, Paul J. 2017. Modeling the emissions-income relationship using long-run growth rates. Environment and Development Economics 22(6), 699–724.
    • Burke, Paul J., Batsuuri, Tsendsuren, and Yudhistira, Muhammad Halley. 2017. Easing the traffic: The effects of Indonesia’s fuel subsidy reforms on toll road travel. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 105, 167–180.
    • Best, Rohan and Burke, Paul J. 2017. The importance of government effectiveness for transitions toward greater electrification in developing countries. Energies 10(9), 1247.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Yang, Hewen. 2016. The price and income elasticities of natural gas demand: International evidence. Energy Economics 59, 466–474.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2016. Undermined by adverse selection: Australia’s Direct Action abatement subsidies. Economic Papers 35(3), 216–229.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Csereklyei, Zsuzsanna. 2016. Understanding the energy-GDP elasticity: A sectoral approach. Energy Economics 58, 199–210.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Liao, Hua. 2015. Is the price elasticity of demand for coal in China increasing? China Economic Review 36, 309–322.
    • Burke, Paul J., Shahiduzzaman, Md, and Stern, David I. 2015. Carbon dioxide emissions in the short run: The rate and sources of economic growth matter. Global Environmental Change 33, 109–121.
    • Gao, Yi-Xuan, Liao, Hua, Burke, Paul J., and Wei, Yi-Ming. 2015. Road transport energy consumption in the G7 and BRICS: 1973–2010. International Journal of Global Energy Issues 38(4-5-6), 342–356.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Nishitateno, Shuhei. 2015. Gasoline prices and road fatalities: International evidence. Economic Inquiry 53(3), 1437–1450.
    • Paudel, Ramesh C. and Burke, Paul J. 2015. Exchange rate policy and export performance in a landlocked developing country: The case of Nepal. Journal of Asian Economics 38, 55–63.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Dundas, Guy. 2015. Female labor force participation and household dependence on biomass energy: Evidence from national longitudinal data. World Development 67, 424–437.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2014. Green pricing in the Asia Pacific: An idea whose time has come? Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 1(3), 561–575.
    • Pezzey, John C.V. and Burke, Paul J. 2014. Towards a more inclusive and precautionary indicator of global sustainability, Ecological Economics 106, 141–154.
    • Nishitateno, Shuhei and Burke, Paul J. 2014. The motorcycle Kuznets curve. Journal of Transport Geography 36, 116–123.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2013. The national-level energy ladder and its carbon implications. Environment and Development Economics 18(4), 484–503.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Nishitateno, Shuhei. 2013. Gasoline prices, gasoline consumption, and new-vehicle fuel economy: Evidence for a large sample of countries. Energy Economics 36, 363–370.
    • Jayasuriya, Dinuk S. and Burke, Paul J. 2013. Female parliamentarians and economic growth: Evidence from a large panel. Applied Economics Letters 20(3), 304–307.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Resosudarmo, Budy P. 2012. Survey of recent developments. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 48(3), 299–324.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2012. Climbing the electricity ladder generates carbon Kuznets curve downturns. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 56(2), 260–279.
    • Jotzo, Frank, Burke, Paul J., Wood, Peter J., Macintosh, Andrew, and Stern, David I. 2012. Decomposing the 2010 global carbon dioxide emissions rebound. Nature Climate Change 2(4), 213–214.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2012. Economic growth and political survival. B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics 12(1), 1–43.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Leigh, Andrew. 2010. Do output contractions trigger democratic change? American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 2(4), 124–157.
    • Burke, Paul J. 2010. Income, resources, and electricity mix. Energy Economics 32(3), 616–626.
    • Burke, Paul J. and Ahmadi-Esfahani, Fredoun Z. 2006. Aid and growth: A study of South East Asia. Journal of Asian Economics 17(2), 350–362.
    • McCarty, Adam and Burke, Paul. 2005. Burma/Myanmar: Reconciliation without capitulation. Harvard Asia Pacific Review 8(1), 28–32.