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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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Is education or immigration the answer to our skills shortage? We asked 50 economists

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Investing in Australians’ education is far more important than immigration in resolving the nation’s skills shortages, according to leading economists surveyed in the lead-up to this week’s jobs and skills summit.

The 50 top Australian economists polled by the Economic Society of Australia and The Conversation are recognised by their peers as leaders in their fields, including economic modelling, labour markets and public policy.

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Central Council Executive, 2022-2025

Following the Central Council meeting held at ACE 2022, we are pleased to confirm that Catherine de Fontenay was elected unopposed as President; Russell Ross was re-elected unopposed as Secretary; and following a secret ballot, Benedict Davies was re-elected (with 100% of the votes cast) as Treasurer.

Central Council would like to acknowledge and thank outgoing President Danielle Wood for her enormous contribution to the Society.  You can read more about Central Council's Executive here.

'It’s important not to overreact’: Australia’s top economists on how to fix high inflation

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Australia’s top economists are divided about how to tackle ballooning inflation of 6.1% that’s forecast to climb to a three-decade high of 7.75% by the end of the year.

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Awards 2022

A number of prestigious awards were bestowed upon worthy economists at a recent Zoom ceremony.  Read on to find out who won the 2022 ESA National Awards.

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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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ACE 2022

Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) 2022 was held from 10 to 13 July 2022 in Hobart, Tasmania as an in-person event.  Our theme, Economics in the New Normal, sought to address the challenges that a post-pandemic world faces.

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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

Improving quality and choice in aged care

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Sep 28, 2022, 11:00 am

From: Victoria

The Australian government spent approximately $21.5 billion on aged care in 2019-20. Despite spending more each year, the quality of aged care hasn't improved in Australia.

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Shann Memorial Lecture 2022

Event Type: Wide/Public Interest

Date: Wednesday Sep 28, 2022, 5:00 pm

From: Western Australia

The annual Shann Memorial Lecture was introduced to honour the memory of the Foundation Professor of Economics at UWA, Edward Owen Giblin Shann. Edward Shann has been regarded as the pioneer of the academic development of economics and traditional Australian economic history and he was a strong advocate of individual intellectual freedom and developing a sense of social responsibilities. He penned several books and essays on the economic history of Australia and was a major influence in formulating financial and fiscal policies in Australia.

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Professional Members Dinner with Professor Zizzo

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Sep 28, 2022, 6:30 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

The Economic Society of Australia (ACT) invites all their Professional Members to attend a dinner at the Commonwealth Club and meet with Professor Zizzo.

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Key issues for the RBA: Prof Warwick McKibbin AO - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Sep 29, 2022, 12:30 pm

From: New South Wales

This presentation will explore the key issues contained in the terms of reference of the RBA Review. The focus will be on the current and alternative monetary policy mandates, and the governance structure of the RBA in the context of likely future shocks due to climate change and the energy transition to a zero carbon world. Information about the Review, including terms of reference and panel members, is available here: https://rbareview.gov.au

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Zooming Out - Australia's Changing Workforce

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Friday Sep 30, 2022, 1:00 pm

From: New South Wales

Hon Stephen Jones MP – Member for Whitlam, Assistant Treasurer, and Minister for Financial Services – will deliver the Annual Economic and Social Policy Lecture of 2022.  Minister Jones’s lecture will focus on Australia’s changing workforce and its impact on productivity and innovation. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the way people work has changed: workers are moving out of the cities and into the regions, many are enjoying more flexibility, and the online mode of doing business is becoming indispensable. However, these recent changes have also brought on new challenges, including the loss of intangibles resulting from casual ‘water cooler chats’.

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31st Australian Labour Market Research Workshop - Call for Papers

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Saturday Oct 1, 2022, 12:00 am

The 31st ALMR Workshop and the annual meeting of the Australian Society of Labour Economists (ASLE) will be held at the ANU Research School of Social Studies on Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December 2022. Call for papers closes on 1st October 2022. Further information can be found by clicking this Call for Papers link

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A Present and Future Look at Australian Housing

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Oct 4, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Victoria

With rising interest rates, falling house prices and skyrocketing rents, the Australian housing market is in a tumultuous state in 2022. Join us as an esteemed panel discuss the latest trends in the housing market and where it may be heading in the future.

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Policy in the Pub – Young Economist’s QLD Event

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 5, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Queensland

Please join us to hear from Alex Robson, Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission, to discuss the Productivity Commission’s annual Trade and Assistance Review, and the ongoing impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on trade and sanctions.

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Revenue Summit 2022

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Oct 6, 2022, 9:00 am

The Revenue Summit 2022 will bring economists, policy and taxation experts together at Parliament House to discuss revenue raising options to meet Australia’s growing public spending needs. 

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WEN event: Circular economy action in regional South Australia

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 13, 2022, 5:15 pm

From: South Australia

Invitation to Women in Economics Network event: Circular economy action in regional SA: the early experience of developing CE blueprints for 2 regions. 

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WEN Queensland – LinkedUp

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 13, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Queensland

It’s been a long time between drinks! The WEN Queensland branch invites you to join us for an informal networking evening. Come along to connect or reconnect with old and new WEN members after too many months on Zoom.

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The future of the banking industry: a conversation with The Hon Anna Bligh AC and Adjunct Professor Bob Wigley

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 19, 2022, 5:15 pm

From: Queensland

You are invited to attend a joint public address by The Honourable Anna Bligh AC (CEO of the Australian Banking Association & former Queensland Premier) and Adjunct Professor Bob Wigley (Chair, UK Finance) on the future of the banking industry as part of the UQ School of Economics’ Thought Leadership Series.

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Women in Economics Network Student Mentoring Program Speed Mentoring

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 19, 2022, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

Are you a female-identifying economics student in the ACT? Please join the ACT Women in Economics Network for an evening of fast-paced, interactive mentoring. Students will have the opportunity to chat with and receive guidance from mentors with a range of different perspectives. 

This event is for female-identifying University students with an interest in or who are currently studying economics in the ACT. Please only Register if you meet this criteria.

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Women in Economics Network Student Mentoring Program Speed Mentoring

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 19, 2022, 6:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

Are you a female-identifying economics student in the ACT? Please join the ACT Women in Economics Network for an evening of fast-paced, interactive mentoring. Students will have the opportunity to chat with and receive guidance from mentors with a range of different perspectives. 

This event is for female-identifying University students with an interest in or who are currently studying economics in the ACT. Please only Register if you meet this criteria.

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Call for Papers: 1st Annual National HDR & ECR Symposium on Economic Development and Self-Determination for Indigenous Australia

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Oct 27, 2022, 8:00 am

From: Queensland

The purpose of this symposium is to gather HDRs and ECRs across Australia working on Indigenous issues from a broad field of disciplines to present their work, receive graduate training in research methodology and hear from keynote speakers (TBC) discussing key policy issues facing Indigenous Australians.

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ESA and WEN ACT: Annual General Meetings 2022

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Nov 10, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

WEN and ESA (ACT) are pleased to invite you to our Annual General Meetings on 10 Nov. If you are thinking what is an AGM like, you are welcome to come and see- also as we need members for a quorum. Food and drinks are provided. WEN AGM is 5.30-6.30pm, followed by snacks. ACT AGM is 6.30pm for snacks then starts at 7-8pm.

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Call for Papers - Conference on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking - ONLINE ONLY

Date: Monday Nov 14, 2022, 8:00 am

From: Women In Economics

The Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and European Central Bank are organising the Conference on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Economics, Finance, and Central Banking to be held in-person and on-line on November 14–15, 2022. The conference is hosted by the Bank of Canada in Ottawa and it is the fourth in a series of annual conferences that primarily focuses on issues encountered by under-represented groups in economics, finance, and central banking.

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WEN ACT: Presentation with Jennifer Pitman

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Nov 24, 2022, 5:00 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

The Women in Economics Network ACT Branch invite you all to a presentation with Jennifer Pitman, EY Associate Director of Economics. 

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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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