Eminent Speaker Series

The Eminent Speaker Series provides 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.

Eminent Speaker 2016: Professor Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan photoThe Economic Society of Australia is delighted to announce that Mary Morgan has accepted the Society’s  invitation to be our Eminent Speaker for 2016.  Mary Morgan is Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics at the London School of Economics and Vice President (Publications) at the British Academy.  She also holds a part time professorial appointment at the University of Amsterdam and is a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her major area of scholarship is the history of economic and econometric ideas.  Her recent award winning book, The World in the Model (Cambridge University Press, 2012), considers modelling as a method of enquiry, the imagining and imaging of economic ideas (to consider the way that images emerge and are developed over time to give form, and greater clarity, to economic thinking), model experiments, the uses of simulations and a range of other issues.

The provisional arrangement is for Mary Morgan to undertake a five state tour of Australia from 13 April to 4 May 2016,  encompassing Perth, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra.  However, at this early stage of planning, the itinerary, including the timing of her visits to each of the abovementioned mentioned cities, is still to be finalised. Details will be made available as soon as they are known.

Eminent Speaker 2014: Professor Joseph Stiglitz

The Economic Society of Australia and sponsor Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, were Joseph Stiglitzhonoured that Professor Joseph Stiglitz once again agreed to be our speaker in 2014.

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.