Research interests

  • Risk and uncertainty in agricultural decision making and policy
  • Water policy: agricultural and environmental impacts
  • Technology and policy evaluation and impact assessment


Anthea McClintock is an Agricultural Economist with Industry and Investment NSW - Primary Industries. Prior to working with Industry and Investment NSW, Anthea worked for ABARE in their Land and Water Section, with NSW Agriculture on Land and Water Management Plans and with the Industry Commission on the Tobacco industry and Forest products inquiries.  Anthea has a range of experience in benefit-cost analysis, farm surveys, policy evaluation, on-farm technology adoption and adjustment and farm decision making under uncertainty.  She has an Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics from Sydney University.

*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.


  • Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) – University of Sydney

Recent publications

McClintock A and Griffiths G (2010) Benefit-cost meta-analysis of investment in the International Agricultural Research Centres. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Impact Assessment Series 68, Canberra.

McClintock A (2010) Investment in Irrigation Technology: Water Use Change, Public Policy and Uncertainty. CRC for Irrigation Futures Technical Report Series No. 01.10, January.

Mallawaarachchi T, McClintock A, Adamson D and Quiggin J (2010) ‘Investment as an Adaptation Response to Water Scarcity’, Paper presented at the Water and the Murray Darling Basin: Have we finally got it right Workshop, Brisbane, 22-21 October.

McClintock A (2009) ‘Investment in irrigation technology: An application of real options analysis’ Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 2009 Conference (53rd), February 11-13, Cairns.

McClintock A and Topp V (2000) ‘Catchment Management: Economics of managing a multiple use water resource on a catchment scale’, Proceedings of the National OUTLOOK Conference, Canberra 29 February-2 March, vol.1, Natural Resources, ABARE, Canberra.

McClintock A, Van Hilst R, Lim-Applegate H and Gooday J (1999) Structural Adjustment and irrigated broadacre agriculture in the southern Murray Darling Basin, ABARE report to the Murray Darling Basin Commission, May, ABARE, Canberra.

Lim-Applegate H and McClintock A (1999) River flow access and irrigated dairy farms in the Bega catchment, ABARE report to the Healthy Rivers Commission, August, ABARE, Canberra.

McClintock A and Gooday J (1998) ‘A method for assessing the adjustment implications of water policies: A case study of irrigated broadacre farming’, in Gooday, J. (ed) 1998, Proceedings of the Bioeconomics Workshop, Workshop (Post-Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference) sponsored by ABARE, 22 January, Armidale, New South Wales, ABARE, Canberra.

Topp V and McClintock A (1998) ‘Efficiency and equity in water markets’, in Living with Limited Water, Proceedings of the 1998 Australian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ANCID) Conference, Sale, Victoria, 2-5 August.

McClintock A and Young D (1996) Assessment of the critical economic and farm management assumptions in land and water management plans in the Murray Valley, ABARE Report prepared for the Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra.

McClintock AJ and Jones R (1995) The agricultural impacts of soil salinisation and waterlogging in the Jemalong Irrigation District, Report to the Steering Committee of the Jemalong Land and Water Management Plan, Economic Services Unit, New South Wales  Agriculture, October, Forbes.

Fields of research

  • 140201 Agricultural Economics
  • 140205 Environment and Resource Economics

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Water policy and irrigation research
  • Applications of Benefit Cost Analysis
  • Agricultural decision making under uncertainty
  • Climate change adaptation