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Robots, artificial intelligence and the 'future of work'

Question A: "Holding labor market institutions and job training fixed, rising use of robots and artificial intelligence is likely to increase substantially the number of workers in Australia who are unemployed for long periods."

Question B: "Rising use of robots and artificial intelligence in Australia is likely to create benefits large enough that they could be used to compensate those workers who are substantially negatively affected for their lost wages."

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Call for Papers - Special Sections in the Economic Papers

The Economic Papers is calling for papers for two special sections to be published in the journal in 2018.

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Public borrowing for infrastructure investment

"As interest rates are at low levels by historical standards, federal and state governments, despite their public debt levels, should be borrowing more than they currently are to invest in infrastructure".

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Register of Economists

The ESA and the Women in Economics Network are delighted to announce the launch of our Register of Economists and Women in Economics Register for media and public speaking.

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The Finkel Review

Our latest NEP poll gathers expert opinions on the proposed Clean Energy Target scheme recommended by The Finkel Review as a key part of the blue-print for reform of the electricity industry.  

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Economist Chapman wins Award

ANU economist Bruce Chapman is the winner of the 2017 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Does privatisation of human services hurt outcomes?

Our latest NEP poll concerns the controversial topic of how we want our human services delivered - by government or by the private sector?  

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ACE 2018

With ACE 2017 just finished, it's time to save the date for ACE 2018 which will be in Canberra between 10-13 July 2018.

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Awards 2017

The Economic Society of Australia offers annual awards to honour distinguished Australian Economists for their contribution to the development of economics.  Pictured here is Professor Alison Booth receiving her award from ESA President Matthew Butlin.

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Gender Diversity in the Workplace - role of government?

Our latest NEP poll is our first on gender diversity. It was developed in collaboration with the ESA Women in Economics Network. The NEP were asked for their opinions on this proposition....

 

 

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ACE 2017 - Economics for Better Lives

ACE 2017 has now concluded - if you were among the delegates we hope you enjoyed the Conference. 

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Australian Federal Budget 2017 - Outsourcing Economic Forecasting

 "Given the Commonwealth Treasury’s ongoing difficulty in making accurate forecasts of some of the key economic variables underpinning the Budget – in particular nominal GDP growth – the Government should ‘outsource’ the economic forecasts used in framing the Budget to an independent agency (such as the Parliamentary Budget Office), as now happens in the United Kingdom.”  

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Eminent Speaker Series 2017

The Eminent Speaker Series for 2017 has now concluded.  We hope you managed to see Dr John C Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco during his visit to Australia.

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Energy Shortages - Reserving Australian Gas

This month, we asked our panellists to comment on the following: "In response to energy shortages around Australia, government policies requiring gas producers to reserve some production for domestic consumption are a good way to ensure that Australian consumers have access to sufficient gas supplies while still allowing for gas exports."

 

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Update on NEP Panellists

Last year the Economic Society of Australia established the National Economic Panel to help further the Society’s objectives of encouraging the study of economic questions and public debate of economic questions; and promoting the standing of the profession in the Australian community

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Economics teaching - micro before macro?

Our first poll of the ESA National Economic Panel for 2017 tries to shed some light on a perennial debate amongst economics educators.

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Gambling

The final poll for 2016 is on the subject of gambling.  We asked our panellists to comment on the following proposition: "The social costs of gambling exceed the benefits (including consumer surplus from recreational gambling and tax revenue for governments)"

 

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US Election 2016

These extraordinary times called for an extraordinarily agile poll of the ESA National Economic Panel. We sought the Panel's opinion on this proposition: "Hillary Clinton is likely to be the superior US presidential candidate for the Australian economy and for Australia."

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National Innovation and Science Agenda

National Innovation and Science Agenda: Engagement and Impact Assessment 

Read the Economic Society of Australia's submission that responds to the Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper of the Australian Research Council’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

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Budget 2016-17 - Returning to surplus

'The recently released 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget projects that the Australian Government's underlying cash balance will return to surplus by 2020‑21*. Australian politicians should re-balance the budget with greater urgency.'

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A second 'Chinese economic windfall' for Australians?

With the ‘biggest-ever’ Australian business delegation visiting China last week, we asked Economic Society of Australia's National Economic Panel (NEP) about the potential benefits for Australia of China moving to consumption-led growth.

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Events

ABE Annual Dinner and Briefing by Dr Philip Lowe

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Nov 21, 2017, 6:45 pm

From: New South Wales Branch

Australian Business Economists (ABE) are pleased to present its annual dinner including a briefing and discussion with Dr Philip Lowe, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia - Recent Developments in the Australian and Global Economy.

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Annual General Meeting: Save the Date

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 22, 2017, 5:30 pm

From: Victoria Branch

The Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia will be held at 5.30 pm on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at the Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. Afterwards, Professor John Freebairn will give a talk on Reform Options for State Property Taxes.

 

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Lunchtime Seminar: Trends in Economics Enrolments at Australian Universities

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Nov 23, 2017, 12:30 pm

From: New South Wales Branch

In a speech given on 29 July 2017, Dr Jacqui Dwyer (Head of the Reserve Bank’s Information Department) showed that there has been a sharp drop in the number of students studying economics in Year 12 since the early 1990s, alongside a substantial decline in diversity.

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The European Migration Challenge

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Nov 28, 2017, 5:30 pm

From: South Australia Branch

The Economic Society of Australia (South Australia Branch) and the School of Economics, University of Adelaide, jointly organising a lecture on "The European Migration Challenge" presented by Professor Klaus F. Zimmermann. 

 

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Professional Development Seminar: Dr Leslie Martin

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Nov 30, 2017, 12:30 pm

From: Victoria Branch

The next professional development seminar will be presented by Dr Leslie from the University of Melbourne.

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Young Economist and Economic Society Quiz Night

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Friday Dec 1, 2017, 6:30 pm

From: Western Australia Branch

You are invited to an upcoming Quiz Night due to be hosted by the WA Economics Society and the Young Economists on Friday, December 1st at the University of WA (UWA) Tavern in Crawley.

The event is open to anyone interested in trivia and presents a unique opportunity for participants to showcase their trivia knowledge, all in the company of friends and colleagues.

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Partner Event: Public Lecture with Joel Mokyr

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Monday Dec 4, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Victoria Branch

Swinburne's Centre for Transformative Innovation is hosting a public lecture by Professor Joel Mokyr from Northwestern University who will discuss how rapidly improving research tools impact on future economic well-being and how the threats to growth are coming from the institutional-political direction, not traditional economic forces.

 

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Women in Economics Network: Gender gaps among academic economists

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Dec 5, 2017, 12:00 pm

From: Victoria Branch

WEN (Victoria) is very pleased to welcome Professor Karen Mumford, who is visiting Australia from the University of York. In this seminar, Karen will look at what’s changed for women economists in academia and discuss the challenges they still encounter. She will share her recent analysis of the gender pay gap amongst academic economists in the UK and how it has (not) changed this century. 

We thank the Markets, Culture and Behaviours Group within the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, for their support of this WEN event.

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WEN End of Year Drinks

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Dec 6, 2017, 12:00 am

From: New South Wales Branch

Join us to catch up and celebrate the WEN’s first year, and hear about our bigger and better events planned for 2018 including skill development sessions

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ESA(ACT) Christmas Drinks

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 7, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory Branch

The Economic Society of Australia (ESA) ACT invites you to its Christmas Drinks night, where we will reflect on the year that was and consider the year to come.

The venue is the beautiful and relaxing facility at Old Parliament House.

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Mapping peace, reslience and gender equality

Date: Thursday Dec 7, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Women In Economics

Please join us for a conversation with the Global Peace Index, the Women’s Resilience Index and introducing the new Women, Peace & Security Index

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HASS Centres of Excellence Workshop

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Monday Dec 11, 2017, 10:00 am

The Australian Academy of Humanities, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and Australian Research Council are convening this one-day workshop for potential HASS applicants for the forthcoming ARC Centres of Excellence rounds.

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'Surviving Canberra' an end of year Celebration

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Dec 12, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory Branch

Please join us to celebrate a fantastic inaugural year for the Women in Economics Network in Canberra.  

 

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Year in review and the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Dec 13, 2017, 5:00 pm

From: Queensland Branch

Year in review and the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics

Join us for the Economic Society’s final event for the year and some drinks and savouries.

The function will feature a brief update from Professor Flavio Menezes,  Economic Society Qld President, on the activities for the Society for the year.

 Professor John Quiggin will also provide some comments on the 2017 Nobel Prize for economics which was awarded to Richard Thaler for his contributions to behavioural economics.  Professor Quiggin's 1980 honours thesis at the ANU provided and independent analytical basis for some of the themes considered by behavioural economists.

There can be no-one better than John Quiggin to provide comments on the latest Nobel Prize in economics.

Date and Time: 5.00 for 5.15pm start, until 7pm, Wednesday 13 December

Venue: QUT S Block 10th floor, Owen J Wordsworth Room, George St, Brisbane

Cost:  Free for members; $40 for non-members

 

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Policy in the Pub: Too little of a good thing? Competition in the Australian economy

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Dec 13, 2017, 5:30 pm

From: Victoria Branch

This month’s talk is from Jim Minifie from the Grattan Institute, who will discuss a forthcoming Grattan report co-authored with Grattan’s Lucy Percival and Cameron Chisholm.


 

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Women in Economics Network: Q & A with Karen Chester

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

From: Victoria Branch

Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission, Karen Chester, will join WEN on 14 December for an interactive Q&A audience discussion about her economics career experiences and insights.

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Call for Papers: 59th Annual Conference The Indian Society of Labour Economics

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Saturday Dec 16, 2017, 12:00 am

The 59th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 16-18 December 2017 in the premises of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Welcome

Welcome to the National website of the Economic Society of Australia (The Society). The Society is primarily concerned with promoting discussion and debate of economic issues within Australia.

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