Daniel Young

Daniel has eleven years’ experience in solving economic problems arising in regulatory, policy, finance and competition matters. He has a particular strength in the use of mathematical and statistical tools to inform his insights.


Daniel has advised corporations, regulators and governments across a range of industry sectors including energy, communications, water and transport. Daniel brings a deep understanding of regulatory frameworks, and particularly the application of building block models, approaches to asset valuation and tariff design.

Daniel has extensive experience advising on telecommunications matters in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. This includes the design and review of cost models for fixed line and mobile networks, advice on regulatory policy, analysis of competition issues and the calculation of damages. Daniel has a particular interest in the development of regulatory frameworks to address issues raised by the increasing penetration of fibre networks.

In the finance area, Daniel has played a significant role in advancing the regulatory debate on rate of return issues. He has advised businesses and regulators on these issues across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions. His analysis has underpinned a series of successful Competition Tribunal appeals on the return on debt, and includes contributions to understanding the application of the capital asset pricing model in Australia and advice on using financial market data to estimate the current cost of equity.

On competition matters Daniel has assisted clients to improve the understanding complex problems through mathematical and statistical modelling. His experience includes advice on the likely effects of proposed mergers and acquisitions in relation to electricity wholesale, mining, media, petrol retailing, pharmaceuticals and metering.

Daniel has advised businesses in a range of commercial litigation and arbitrations, including in relation to the renegotiation of major gas supply contracts and in the calculation of damages in international arbitrations.

Prior to joining HoustonKemp, Daniel was an Associate Director at the Competition Economists Group and an Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting. Daniel holds a Master of Commerce with first class honours majoring in Economics from the University of Auckland. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Operation Research from the University of Auckland.

Posted on May 6, 2014 and filed under Senior Economist.