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The Australian National University

Dr Hazel Moir

Visitng Fellow

Rm 1163, Copland (24) Bldg
Phone: 57137


PhD (Brown, 1985 - demography); PhD (ANU, 2009 – public policy)

Biography and interests:

My background is in economics, demography and public policy, and I have a lifetime interest in equity issues, including gender issues. I have early private sector experience, including in the international aid field. I then spent nearly 20 years in the Australian Public Service, mostly in policy advising and policy research areas. Since leaving the APS I have held a variety of short-term positions and completed a Master’s degree in Human Rights and a (second) PhD. I am currently working on disseminating the results of my PhD research and extending the reach of my work on public policy aspects of the patent monopoly system. My focus is on economic impacts, particularly on innovating firms, and the overall public policy outcomes.

Summary of interests: The performance of government and large corporates, in particular how the interests of large companies affect “public good” outcomes.

Current research projects:

Improving gender performance in the public sector; economic impact of legal decisions extending patent monopolies; software and business method patent monopolies; the threshold for grant patent monopolies and the role of courts and patent offices in reducing this.


How high is the inventive step? Some empirical evidence, Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development Working Paper, October 2009 at
"What are the costs and benefits of patent systems?" (2009), Ch 3 in W. Van Caenegem & C. Arup (eds), Intellectual Property Policy Reform, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
"Who benefits? An empirical analysis of Australian and US patent ownership", (October 2009), Chapter 9 in S. Haunss and K. C. Shadlen (eds), Contestation over the Ownership, Use, and Control of Knowledge and Information, UK: Edward Elgar. Longer version at:
Do Patent Systems Improve Economic Well-Being? An Exploration of the Inventiveness of Business Method Patents, PhD thesis, available from Australian Digital Thesis website
Submissions to recent government enquiries:




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