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Dr Ben FreyensIGPA Faculty Affiliate


Address: Office B16, Building 11 University of Canberra, ACT 2617 Phone: +61 (0)2 6201 2357

Research Interests

Economics of employment protection laws; Spectrum policy and economics; Personnel economics, workforce planning; Inequality, poverty and social capital and Optimal contracting of human services

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Ben Freyens is Associate Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business, Government & Law. He is a labour economist specialised in the study of employment protection regulation and the arbitration of dismissal disputes.  He also has a strong research agenda in the economics of radio spectrum allocation, having conducted several research projects for the Australian Communications and Media Authority on spectrum economics, frequency licensing and radio transmission technologies. In his earlier working life, he was a statistical expert at Eurostat, Luxembourg, and taught economics at Deakin University, at the College of University of New South Wales, at University of Wollongong and at the Australian National University.



Selected Publications:

  • Mann, Stefan, Freyens, Benoit P., and Huong Dinh. (Forthcoming), “Crises and structural change in Australian agriculture”, Review of Social Economy
  • Levy, A., Caputo, M. and Freyens, B.P. (forthcoming), “Royalties, Entry and Spectrum Allocation to Broadcasting”, Journal of Public Economic Theory
  • Dinh, H., Freyens, B.P, and Daly, A. (forthcoming), “Farm Adjustment Strategies to Water-Related Challenges in the Murray-Darling Basin”, Policy Studies
  • Freyens, B. and Gong, X. (2017), "Judicial Decision-Making under Changing Legal Standards", Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization, 133, 1, pp. 108-126
  • Dinh H., Freyens B.P, Daly A., and Y. Vidyattama. (2016), “Measuring Community Economic Resilience in Australia: Estimates of Recent Levels and Trends “, Social Indicators Research (published online 20 April 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-016-1337-y)
  • Barker, G. and Freyens, B.P. (2015), “The Economics of the European Commission’s Recommendation on Collective Redress”. In “Collective Redress in Europe”, BIICL - British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Booth, J. F. and Freyens, B. P. (2014). “A Study of Political Activism in Labour Courts”, Economics Letters, 123 (3), 370-73
  • Freyens B.P., Loney M. And Dissanayake, T. (2014). “Dynamic Usage of Narrowband Spectrum”, Telecommunications Policy, 38 (2): 173 – 85
  •  Freyens B. P. and Jones C. (2014). “Efficient Allocation of Radio Spectrum”, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 16 (1) 1-23
  • Ackland, R., Dowrick, S. & Freyens B. P. (2013). “Measuring Global Poverty: Why PPP Methods Matter”, Review of Economics and Statistics, 95 (3): 813–24
  • Freyens B.P. and Loney M. (2013). “Emerging Issues in White Space Regulation”, Telecommunications Policy, 37 (2-3), 208 - 18
  • Freyens B.P. and Oslington P. (2013). “A First Look at Incidence and Outcomes of Unfair Dismissal Claims under Fair Work, Work Choices and the Workplace Relations Act”, Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 16 (2), 295 - 306
  • Freyens B. P. (2012). “Licensing Options for Digital Dividend Spectrum” in G. Faulhaber, G. Madden and J. Petchey (Eds.) Regulation and the Economic Performance of Communication and Information Networks, p. 268 – 83; 384 pp. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN – 9780857930989
  • Freyens B. P. and Loney M. (2012). “Projecting Regulatory Requirements for UHF White Space” in Saeed R.A. and S.J. Shellhammer (Ed.) Wireless Networks in the TV White Space: Concepts, Techniques and Applications, p. 43-68; 509 pp.Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, ISBN-9781439848791
  • Freyens B.P. (2012). “On the Efficiency Objectives of Spectrum reforms”, International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 2 (3), 392 - 408
  • Freyens B.P. (2012). “Digital Radio and Market Failure: A Tale of Two Complementary Platforms”, Info - Journal of Policy Regulations and Strategy for Telecommunications, 14 (5), 3 - 20
  • Freyens B.P. (2011). “Dismissal Disputes and the Incentives to Bargain: Estimates of the Contract Zone”, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 64 (3), 576 – 98
  • Freyens B.P. and Yerokhin, O. (2011). “Allocative vs. Productive Spectrum Efficiency” Telecommunications Policy, 35 (4), 291 – 300
  • Butcher J. R. and Freyens B.P. (2011). “Competition and Collaboration in the Contracting of Family Relationship Centres”, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70 (1), 15-33
  • Freyens B. P. (2011). “The Mesoeconomics of Social Industries” in Mann S. (Ed.) Exploring Mesoeconomics, p. 219-38; 252 pp. Springer Verlag. ISBN-9783642181252
  • Freyens B. P. and Loney M. (2011). “Land of White Space Opportunity: Channel Planning and Digital Restack in Australia”, Info - Journal of Policy Regulations and Strategy for Telecommunications, 14 (4), 30-41
  • Wanna, J., Butcher, J. and Freyens B.P. (2010). Policy into Action: The Challenges of Service Delivery, 321 pp. UNSW Press, Sydney
  • Freyens B.P. (2010). “Measuring Firing Costs: The Case for Direct Methods”, International Labour Review, 149 (3), 287-313
  • Freyens B.P. (2010). “Shared or Exclusive Radio Waves? A Dilemma Gone Astray”, Telematics and Informatics, 27 (3), 293-304
  • Freyens B.P. (2010). “Minding the Gap in Spectrum Law”, Telecommunications Journal of Australia, 60 (1), 61-74
  • Freyens B.P. (2010). “Managing Workforce Shortages in the Australian Public Service”, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48 (3), 262-86
  • Freyens B.P. (2009). “An Economics Spectrum for Spectrum Economics”, Information Economics and Policy, 21 (2), 128-144
  • Freyens B.P. (2008). “Macro-, Meso- and Microeconomic Considerations in the Delivery of Social Services”, International Journal of Social Economics, 35 (11), 823-845
  • Freyens B.P. & Oslington, P. (2007). “Dismissal Costs and their Impact on Employment: Evidence from Australian Small and Medium Enterprises” (2007), Economic Record, 83 (260), 1-15
  • Freyens B.P. & Martin, M..(2007). “Multidisciplinary Knowledge Transfer in Training Multimedia Projects”, Journal of European Industrial Training, 31 (9), 680–705
  • Freyens B.P. (2006). “Measures of Training Costs in Australia” (2006), Management Research Review, 29,(8) pp. 495-511
  • Freyens B.P. & Oslington, P. (2005). “The Likely Employment Impact of Removing Unfair Dismissal Protection”, Journal of Australian Political Economy, 55 (Dec.), 56-65

Other Publications:

  • Freyens, B.P. (2015) “Submission to the Workplace Relations Inquiry”, 13 March 2015: Productivity Commission, Commonwealth of Australia. This is a 9000 words submission available as 'submission 149' at
  • Freyens, B.P., & Alexander, S.  (2015), “Policy Objectives and Spectrum Rights for Future Network Developments”, IEEE DySPAN, Stockholm, 29 Sep – 02 Oct 2015 (published in IEEE Xplore, at
  • Freyens, B.P. (2014), “Submission to the Spectrum Review”, 27 June 2014: Department of Communications, Commonwealth of Australia. This is a 7000 words submission available at:
  • Freyens, B.P., & Loney M.  (2011), “Digital Switchover and Regulatory Design for Competing White Space Usage Rights”, IEEE DySPAN, Aachen, 3-6 May 2011 (published in IEEE Xplore, at
  • Freyens, B.P., & Loney M.  (2011), “Opportunities for White Space Usage in Australia”, IEEE VITAE, Chennai, 29 February – 4 March 2011 (published in IEEE Xplore, at
  • Freyens, B.P., Loney M., & Poole, M.  (2010), “Wireless Regulations and Dynamic Spectrum Access in Australia”, IEEE DySPAN, Singapore, 6-9April 2010 (published in IEEE Xplore, at
  • Freyens, B.P. (2010), "Digital Radio Transmission Technologies”, Contract 10ACMA011 for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), June 2010
  • Freyens, B.P. (2009), "A Review of Radiocommunication Licensing”, Report 09/ACMA025 for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), June 2009
  • Freyens, B.P. (2007), "The Economics of Spectrum Management”, Report PO10788 for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), June 2007



Research Projects & Grants
  • 2016-2018: Toyota Foundation grant ‎(¥4,000,000): “The role of volunteers in long-term disaster recovery: facilitating co-production for resilient communities” (w/. D. Blackman, H. Nakanishi, and A. Benson).
  • 2012-2015: MDB CRN grant (A$225,561): ‘Modelling Community Adjustment to Water Trading in the Murray-Darling Basin’ (w/. P. Lewis, A. Daly and H. Dinh)
PhD Supervision

Area of Supervision:

  • Economics of employment protection laws
  • Spectrum policy and economics
  • Personnel economics, workforce planning
  • Inequality, poverty and social capital 
  • Optimal contracting of human services

Involvement in PHD supervisory panels:

  • Chris Kim (Secondary Supervisor)
  • Tianwei Luo, "The Impacts of International Trade Policies and Technological Changes on Wage Inequality in China's Labour Market" (Secondary Supervisor)
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