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Australia Day Honours 2024

Congratulations to Deborah Ann Cobb-Clark AO for her recognition in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list for distinguished service to economic research, to tertiary education, and to the social sciences. Deborah has been appointed as an Officer of the Order (AO).

Click here to read the full citation.

Stiglitz Essay Prize Award

The Economic Society of Australia sponsors an annual Stiglitz Essay Prize in honour of Joseph Stiglitz. The Prize is awarded by the International Economic Association, an association founded in 1950 to support the study of economics across countries, with a particular focus on emerging economies. The ESA is a member of the IEA.

Christopher Parsons (UWA), presented the award on behalf of the Society.

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Australian Researcher Access To Public Sector Data survey

Lateral Economics has been working with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) to understand the current level of access to Australian public sector data. We’ve developed a short online survey that we’re inviting Australian researchers and research managers to take. Information about the survey is available here: Baseline Researcher Access to Public Sector Data.

Disclaimer: The Economic Society of Australia is not responsible for the survey design

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Reintroduction of the Carbon Price

Poll 61

Worried economists call for a carbon price, a tax on coal exports, and ‘green tariffs’ to get Australia on the path to net zero

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ACE 2024

The next Australian Conference of Economists will be held in Adelaide, SA.  Please hold the date: 9th - 12th July, 2024.  Details to follow.

Unreserved - RBA's latest release of digitised archival records

The latest tranche of archival records has been released in the Bank’s digital archive, Unreserved. It includes early economic analysis conducted by the central bank from 1930 to 1970.

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STEM professionals in schools

The ESA Central Council and the heads of Economics departments at various Australian universities have had a number of discussions about declining enrolments in Economics and the lack of diversity in enrolments. There are low enrolments of women, but there are also low enrolments of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is largely due to the decline in the number of high schools that offer Economics as a subject. High schools in disadvantaged areas are particularly unlikely to offer Economics.

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We can and should keep unemployment below 4%, says our survey of top economists

Poll 60

Australia’s leading economists believe Australia can sustain an unemployment rate as low as 3.75% – much lower than the latest Reserve Bank estimate of 4.25% and the Treasury’s latest estimate of 4.5%.

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IEA Update from Dani Rodrik

The most important development to report is that our project on Advancing Women in Leadership in Economics, with the acronym IEA-WE, has been fully launched. This is a multi-year project that has been generously funded by Co-Impact Foundation and the Open Society Foundation. 

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Awards 2023

A number of prestigious awards were bestowed upon worthy economists at ACE2023, held in Brisbane.  Read on to find out who won the 2023 ESA National Awards.

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ACE 2023

The Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) 2023 was held from the 9 - 12 July 2023 in Brisbane, Queensland. 

The aim was to organise a conference with interest to all economists, both academic and professional. Only by a balanced approach of practice and theory can we solve the problems our society faces. 

Presentations are uploaded where permission has been received.

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Budget 2023

Poll 59

Our panellists were asked the following 2023 budget question: "On May 9, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to strike a balance between relief, repair and restraint'.  What grade would you give the budget, given that objective: A, B, C, D, E or F?"

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/

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How economists would raise $20 billion per year

Poll 58

When panellests were asked to find an extra A$20 billion per year to fund government priorities like building nuclear submarines and responding to climate change, Australia’s top economists overwhelmingly back land tax, increased resource taxes, an attack on negative gearing and extending the scope of the goods and services tax.

Photo credit by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Responses (59)
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Modernising Research Assessment in Australia

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia are seeking the views of researchers in Australia on how assessment practices in universities, governments and the private sector shape research careers and how they influence researchers’ choices and priorities.

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Eminent Speaker Series 2023

The Central Council Executive is delighted to see the return of the Eminent Speaker Series.  Professor Joshua Gans of University of Toronto will visit three locations as part of this program.  If you missed seeing Professor Gans in person, you can follow the links here to catch up on his presentation.

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Call for Papers - IEA Congress

The call for papers for contributed sessions closes on Feb 28.  Papers can be submitted here.

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WEN Credible Blog Series Writing Competition - Winners Announcement

In 2022, NSW WEN hosted its inaugural writing competition as part of the Credible Economist series.

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Unreserved - RBA's latest release of digitised archival records

The Reserve Bank has been releasing a large volume of digitised archival records to the public through our digital archive (called Unreserved). These records span nearly 200 years of Australia’s economic, financial and social history. The latest release includes records about the work and influence of Dr HC Coombs along with additional records from the Bank’s Research Department, with much of the new information covering the period from the Bank’s ‘separation’ from the original Commonwealth Bank in 1960 through to the early 1970s.

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Leading economists back Federal Government action to curb rising gas and electricity prices

Poll 57

Australia’s top economists have overwhelmingly endorsed intervention to restrain gas and electricity prices, with only three of the 47 leading economists surveyed believing the best thing the government can do is to leave things to the market.

Photo credit: Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

Responses (47)
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Vale Professor Geoffrey Brennan

It is with great sadness that the Economic Society of Australia acknowledges the passing of Professor Geoffrey Brennan.

Geoffrey Brennan was an outstanding scholar, who did ground-breaking work in economics and philosophy and at their intersection and played a major role in the development of PPE as a global interdisciplinary research program.

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Events

Leah Armstrong Scholarship Award Ceremony

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Feb 27, 2024, 5:30 pm

From: New South Wales

First Nations Economics and First Nations Foundation warmly invite you to attend the Awards Ceremony to celebrate the Leah Armstrong Scholarship and its recipients. 

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Navigating the new era of globalisation: Lessons from the past?

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Feb 28, 2024, 5:00 pm

From: Victoria

An invitation to join us for the 2024 Richard Snape lecture - Navigating the new era of globalisation: Lessons from the past?

Douglas A. Irwin, John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

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[POSTPONED] For high school students - Why you won’t regret studying HSC Economics

Date: Friday Mar 1, 2024, 1:00 pm

From: New South Wales

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2024, EXACT DATE TBA] Hear from a panel of Economists from a range of sectors, keen to share their love of economics, why they never regretted studying economics at school/university, and why high school is the best time to be thinking about how economics can be applied to solve real world problems.

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Andrew Leigh - The Shortest History of Economics - Book Launch

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Monday Mar 4, 2024, 12:00 pm

From: New South Wales

From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. Join us for the Sydney launch of "The Shortest History of Economics" at UNSW on 4 March 2024.

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ABARES OUTLOOK 2024: Shaping the future

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 5, 2024, 8:30 am

From: Australian Capital Territory

ABARES Outlook 2024 Conference:

Shaping the Future:Opportunities, risks and resilience

ABARES Outlook 2024 Conference is where economists can come together with ideas and evidence to progress issues that affect the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector.

The theme is Shaping the Future: Opportunities, risks, and resilience.

This reflects our commitment to explore the critical issues that will define the future of Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

The challenges we face today, such as climate change, evolving consumer preferences, technological advancements, and global trade dynamics, require us to adapt and innovate continuously.

The conference is the perfect arena to discuss how we can navigate these challenges and seize the opportunities they present.

Dr Jared Greenville,

ABARES Executive Director

The Outlook program

ABARES Outlook 2024 will bring together 60 Australian and international speakers and panellists from industry and government in Canberra and online across 12 sessions.

Delegates will dive into the diverse issues shaping the future of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

To Register go here

For further questions about ABARES Outlook 2024 please email abaresevents@aff.gov.au

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Melbourne Launch of "The Shortest History of Economics"

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Tuesday Mar 5, 2024, 1:00 pm

From: Victoria

From ancient times to the modern world, The Shortest History of Economics unearths the hidden economic forces behind war, innovation and social transformation. Join us for the Sydney launch of "The Shortest History of Economics" at the University of Melbourne on 5 March 2024.

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WEN Web-Mentoring for ECR women in academia - Session 2 - ONLINE ONLY

Date: Wednesday Mar 6, 2024, 12:00 pm

From: Women In Economics

The Women in Economic Network (WEN) is proud to announce a the second edition of an online national mentoring initiative aimed at supporting women economists in academia across Australia.

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WEN AGM and An evening with Professor Stephanie Kelton and Director Maren Poitras in conversation with Dr Tania Dey

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Mar 6, 2024, 5:15 pm

From: South Australia

SPECIAL INVITATION: WEN AGM and An evening with Professor Stephanie Kelton and Director Maren Poitras in conversation with Dr Tania Dey

As a valued member of the SA Women in Economics Network (WEN), we're excited to invite you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2024. It's going to be held in-person on March 6, and we'd love for you to join us in our AGM where we'll be reviewing our amazing achievements in 2023 and sharing our plans for the future. During the meeting, we'll also be nominating our new committee (see below for nomination information). We're looking for friendly and enthusiastic individuals to join our committee and actively contribute to our cause. There are a number of open committee positions available, so if you're eager to make a positive impact, we'd love to have you on board! Let's work together to achieve great things and have fun while doing it!

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ANU Book Launch - The Shortest History of Economics

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Mar 6, 2024, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

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Mariana Mazzucato - The Mission-Led Australia Tour - Sydney Lecture

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Monday Mar 11, 2024, 6:00 pm

From: New South Wales

Professor Mariana Mazzucato, who has gained global prominence through books like The Entrepreneurial StateMission Economy and – most recently – The Big Con, will provide an address on industrial development and innovation in a less secure, more geopolitically fraught, post-Covid global environment.

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The Deglobalization Myth - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 12, 2024, 12:30 pm

From: New South Wales

For all the talk of near/re/on/friend-shoring, global supply chains have in fact been expanding. In a recent work commissioned by Hinrich Foundation, Thang Nguyen-Quoc (Oxford Economics) traces the evolution of global supply chain through the lens of intermediate goods trade.

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Finding The Money - Film launch

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 12, 2024, 6:30 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

ESA ACT encourages members to attend Finding The Money, a new documentary touring Australia in March, with Stephanie Kelton, best selling author of The Deficit Myth.

The event includes a film screening plus live Q&A with Stephanie Kelton, film director Maren Poitras with Peter Martin AM and Professor Steve Robson (President of the Australian Medical Association) as the special guests.

Dendy Cinema Canberra

Tuesday 12th March

6.30 -9.30 pm

Tickets $25 General Admission / $18 Concession + Humanitix booking fee.

Book for this event here

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Finding the Money - Film Screening

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Wednesday Mar 13, 2024, 6:30 pm

From: New South Wales

This event includes a screening of Finding The Money and a post-screening Q&A with Professor Stephanie Kelton and director Maren Poitras.

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Bjorn Lomborg - Best Things First

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Mar 14, 2024, 5:45 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

Come along for a lively presentation and controversial debate with

Dr BJORN LOMBORG, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

He will talk about his new book, Best Things First, which the Economist named one of the best books of 2023.

The Economics Society is aware that some of Dr. Lomborg’s views on global issues have at times been controversial.  We are committed to encouraging informed public debate of economic questions – including ones where there are divergent opinions.  We would welcome members who may have different views to query and debate the ideas raised by Dr. Lomborg in his talk.
Light Refreshments will be served.

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Mariana Mazzucato - The Mission-Led Australia Tour - Melbourne Lecture

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Thursday Mar 14, 2024, 7:00 pm

From: Victoria

Professor Mazzucato, who has gained global prominence through books like The Entrepreneurial StateMission Economy and – most recently – The Big Con, will provide an address on industrial development and innovation in a less secure, more geopolitically fraught, post-Covid global environment.

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YEN New Year Networking Drinks

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Friday Apr 12, 2024, 5:00 pm

From: New South Wales

Please join us for the Young Economists Networking Drinks. As we look to another big year in the world of economics, this is an opportunity to unwind, and network with like minded colleagues from across academic, public and private sectors.

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