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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

Partner Event: IMF World Economic Outlook October

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Oct 24, 2017, 5:30 pm

From: Victoria Branch

Monash Business School’s Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability, together with its Centre for Global Business, are pleased to invite you to a public lecture to be given by Dr Petia Topalova, Deputy Division Chief, World Economic Studies Division of the Research Department at the IMF.

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Informal Networking Event - Topic for discussion: When will Australian economic research win a Nobel Memorial Prize?

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 25, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory Branch

The ACT branch of the Economics Society invites you to come and join them at the Highball Express for a casual drink and a chat, and network with other economists.

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Economic Fast Track Briefing - Differential regulated pricing

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 26, 2017, 12:15 pm

From: Queensland Branch

Differential Pricing with Courtney Chester, QCA: Is it ever okay to charge different customers different amounts for the same service?

Come and test this question against the principles of economic efficiency, fairness and regulatory governance, in a real-life example from the chronicles of Queensland’s competition authority.

A light lunch will be served from 12.15pm.  There is no charge for this event which is supported by the Queensland Competition Authority.  However, prior booking is essential.

 

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Lunchtime Seminar: Taking the lab to the field

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 26, 2017, 12:30 pm

From: New South Wales Branch

Taking the lab to the field: using lab-in-the-field experiments to inform policy: Lab experiments conducted in a naturalistic environment, termed “lab-in-the-field” experiments, are becoming an increasingly popular methodology. This talk discusses the use of the methodology to inform policy decisions.

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Professional Development Seminar: Transparency and credibility of economic research

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 26, 2017, 12:30 pm

From: Victoria Branch

The next professional development seminar will be presented by Professor Chris Doucouliagos from Deakin University.

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EES Lunch with Ross Gittins AM

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Nov 2, 2017, 12:15 pm

From: New South Wales Branch

Ross Gittins AM, Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald will be our special guest for lunch. Subscribe to the Emerging Economist Series to attend this event.

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Political fragmentation: the rise and rise of the minor party vote

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Monday Nov 6, 2017, 5:30 pm

From: South Australia Branch

The minor party vote in Australia is on the rise. And it is rising faster in the regions than the cities. Politicians in the major parties are nervous and looking to win back voters, but lack of understanding of the causes of this shift risks bad policy.

In this presentation, Danielle Wood will explore the economic, social and institutional explanations for the changes in voting patterns.

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The National Electricity Market: Current challenges and its future

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Nov 9, 2017, 12:00 pm

From: Queensland Branch

Lunchtime discussion on the future of the NEM, chaired by Synergies Principal Euan Morton and featuring presentations from University of Queensland Economics Professor Flavio Menezes and AGL Chief Economist Tim Nelson.

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Stan Kelly Lecture 2017: Where is the Growth Going to Come From

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 15, 2017, 6:00 pm

From: Victoria Branch

After the mining investment boom and then the apartment construction boom, where is Australia’s economic growth going to come from in future? And does it matter where it comes from? The 2017 Stan Kelly Lecture will be given by Luci Ellis, Assistant Governor (Economic) of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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International Conference on Business and Economics

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Nov 16, 2017, 9:00 am

From: Western Australia Branch

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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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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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Year in review

Event Type: ESA Event

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

From: Queensland Branch

Year in review and end of year function 

Join us for the Economic Society’s final event for the year.  The function will feature an update from Professor Flavio Menezes on the activities for the Society for the year, a review of a few of the developments in economics  and the economics profession in 2017, and end-of-year drinks and savouries.

Professor Flavio Menezes, President of the Economic Society of Australian (Qld) is a Professor of Economics at UQ, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Senior Fellow at the Australian Institute of Business and Economics, member of the standing committee of the Econometric Society (Australasia) and Deputy Chair of the Qld Competition Authority. 

 

Date and Time: 5.00 for 5.15pm start, until 7pm, Tuesday 29 November

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

 

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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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14th International Conference - WEAI

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Thursday Jan 11, 2018, 9:00 am

From: New South Wales Branch

Present a paper, organize a session, discuss a paper, chair a session -- submission deadline is August 15, 2017. 

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Call for Papers: Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Tuesday Feb 6, 2018, 12:00 am

The 62nd Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference 2018 “Abundance in an Era of Scarcity? Challenges and Opportunities for Australasian Agriculture, Environment, Food, Resource and Agribusiness Sectors”

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Australian Gender Economics Workshop

Date: Thursday Feb 8, 2018, 12:00 am

From: Women In Economics

In partnership with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) at Curtin University, the Women in Economics Network is pleased to announce the first Australian Gender Economics Workshop, to be held on 8-9 February 2018 in Fremantle, Western Australia.  Our keynote speakers will be Professor Alison Booth (Australian National University) and Associate Professor Betsey Stevenson (University of Michigan).

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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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