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Dale Yeats

Dale Yeats, Senior Economist

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Profound understanding of the economics of infrastructure services and the application of economic analysis to real-world problems.

Dale specialises in the economics of infrastructure services, with particular expertise in matters of pricing. Notwithstanding this focus, his aptitude for applying economics to real-world problems affords him a uniquely broad perspective. 

He draws on experience of economic regulation, major commercial arbitrations, legislative reviews, native title proceedings, commercial transactions and negotiations, shareholder class actions and anti-dumping proceedings, and across the electricity, gas, airport, telecommunications, construction, road, port, steel, retail and water sectors.

Dale has experience in all aspects of the regulatory process, from advising policy makers on how regulated businesses would likely response to particular requirements to providing hands-on assistance in the development of regulatory strategy and proposals.

Dale’s expertise in the economics of pricing draws on experience of the challenges arising in the pricing of gas and electricity network services, port access, heavy vehicle road use and aeronautical services. Notably, Dale has provided wide-ranging assistance to the largest electricity network in Australia on the development of a pricing strategy to address the challenges it faced, which ranged from undertaking econometric analyses to representing it at public forums.

One example of Dale’s broader perspective is the central role he played in the development of an economic framework under which to compensate indigenous peoples for the extinguishment of their native title up to 35 years ago, core elements of which were reflected in a landmark decision by the Federal Court and then the High Court.

Dale has excellent communication skills and has prepared material for expert reports relied upon by businesses, regulatory authorities and state and federal governments, and that formed the basis of testimony before the Federal Court and the Competition Tribunal.

Career path

  • 2004 – 2006

    Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and International Business, University of Auckland

  • 2007 – 2008

    Economics Tutor, University of Auckland

  • 2007 – 2008

    Master of Commerce (first class honours), University of Auckland

  • 2009 – 2012

    Senior Consultant, Deloitte

  • 2013 – 2014

    Economic Analyst, NERA Economic Consulting

  • 2014

    Joined HoustonKemp