Mr Gareth Downing

PhD Candidate

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Gareth Downing, is PhD research candidate, studying under Professor Sally Wheeler OBE MRIA FAcSS, Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Strategy and Dean of the ANU College of Law, Associate Professor Jolyon Ford Associate Dean (International) and Professor Andrew Macintosh.

Gareth is an economist and lawyer, with research interests in law & economics, regulatory design and the comparative analysis of regulatory forms.

Admitted to the New South Wales Supreme Court, he graduated with a Bec and LLB before being selected as an Erasmus+ scholar for the European Master of Law and Economics. As part of this program he undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Hamburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Vienna.

In addition to his postgraduate studies in law and economics, Gareth has also completed the Master of Administrative Law and Policy at the University of Sydney.

Gareth has worked in a number of roles within the public service and not-for-profit sector. Gareth’s professional career has focused on the application of economic and legal frameworks to inform policy development and design.

Refereed journal articles

  • Consumers, consumer organizations and enforcement agencies: A three-pronged approach to consumer protection, 2019, International Journal of Consumer Law and Practice, vol 7.


Information asymmetries in telecommunications: the consumer and the lemon orchard 2019, Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 65-72.

How my works connects with public policy

Asymmetric information is the source of considerable economic inefficiency and can be the cause of considerable losses to transacting parties, and where present in key markets may result in significant economic and societal displacement. Pursuing a better understanding of the origins of asymmetric information, including what factors drive its emergence and persistence is an important input into the development of more efficient regulatory frameworks  and mitigate the worst consequences of market failure.

This research aims to inform the selection and design of regulatory arrangements in order to better address asymmetric information and provide practical policy guidance to regulators and government agencies seeking to address asymmetric information.


Regulating asymmetric information: legal form and economic theory

Further information

Gareth’s Phd research focuses on the regulation of asymmetric information, and in particular seeks to develop a theoretical model that provides a consistent explanation for the emergence, persistence and resolution of information asymmetries.

The research seeks to undertake a comparative assessment of regulatory and private law instruments in order to derive insights into their efficiency implications and inform instrument selection.

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