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On behalf of the Economic Society of Australia and sponsor Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, I am pleased to invite you to attend the events in the Eminent Speaker Series. The Series will provide a unique opportunity for you to hear from the world’s leading economists in an open forum.  The Economic Society of Australia was founded in 1925, making it one of the oldest professional associations in Australia. One of the main objectives of the society is to encourage the teaching, study and application of economics and related disciplines in Australia and to encourage the research and public debate of economic questions. To meet this objective, the Economic Society of Australia launched the Eminent Speaker Series in 2010.

We are hJoseph Stiglitzonoured that following the success of the inaugural Series in 2010, Professor Joseph Stiglitz has agreed to be our speaker in 2014.

From Monday 23rd June to Tuesday 8th July, Professor Stiglitz will be touring Australia on behalf of the Society to conduct a series of presentations, starting in Melbourne, then on to Adelaide and Canberra.  We are delighted that Professor Stiglitz is able to participate in ESAM/ACE 2014 which will be held in Hobart before finishing his tour in Sydney.

Professor Stiglitz is an acclaimed international economist and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics. He is University Professor at Columbia University in New York and Chair of the University’s Committee on Global Thought.  He helped create a new branch of economics, “The Economics of Information”. This explores the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneers such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but of policy analysts. He has made major contributions to macro-economics and monetary theory, to development economics and trade theory, to public and corporate finance, to the theories of industrial organisation and rural organisation, and to the theories of welfare economics and of income and wealth distribution. In the 1980s, he helped revive interest in the economics of Research & Development.  His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well, and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.

The program of events is very nearly complete and will be announced by branches when finalised.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Eminent Speaker Series 2014.

Matthew Butlin | President
Economic Society of Australia, Central Council