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National Webinar Series


Global Trade and Investment and COVID19

What are the consequences and outlook for global trade and investment and for Australia in the context COVID-19?

Watch to the discussion between Jenny Gordon (@DFAT Chief Economists), Heather Cotching (Acting Chief Economist, Austrade) and Kim Mundy (Director, International Economics and Currency Strategy, CBA), hosted by Lisa Elliston (Australian Treasury).


Economics, Psychology, Neuroscience: Behavioural economics from three perspectives

Behavioural economics has cemented its place as an important discipline within the broader economics profession. It also follows a long tradition of economists borrowing from other fields of study. While economics has historically had strong links with political science, maths and data science; behavioural economics has opened the door to drawing on insights from neuroscience, psychology, sociology and anthropology.


2020 Young Economist Address: On the Young and Economists in the Covid Era plus ESA National Awards

2020 Young Economist Address: On the Young and Economists in the Covid Era and ESA National Awards


Economic well being: is GDP the right measure?

Gross Domestic Product, while used so often, has long been criticised as a less than perfect measure of economic well-being. Alternative measures have been proposed to better reflect of societal well-being, and more recently, conventional measures of GDP are being re-examined to incorporate the growing importance of online economic transactions and globalisation. The webinar speakers will brought their experience and insights to the important issue of measuring economic well-being.

This event coincided with Social Sciences Week.


Regulation of digital platforms - Australian experience

The rise of digital platforms has come with many benefits for consumers and business, but also poses new regulatory challenges. Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (the ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry Final Report, Australia has seen significant recent discussion on the role of privacy and data security, as well as the bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and major platforms such as Google and Facebook. Our webinar speakers brought their experience and insights to the important issue of regulating digital platforms.

This event has been held as part of Social Sciences Week.


Alternative Careers Using Economics

Have you ever considered where studying economics might take you – aside from careers with the job title ‘economist’? Join our panel as they discuss their career paths and where an economics degree has taken them (so far!). The SA Women in Economics Network (WEN) is very pleased to host this webinar as part of the national seminar program with the Economics Society of Australia (ESA).


2020 Ted Evans Public Policy Lecture, by Professor Ian Harper AO -The Human Dimension of Good Economic Policy-making

The late Ted Evans, like many of his generation, understood innately that economic policy-making affects people’s lives in more fundamental ways than numbers can ever capture. In this lecture, Ian Harper will draw on his extensive policy experience in financial regulation, wages policy, competition policy and, most recently, monetary policy during the pandemic to discuss the ways in which his own approach to good economic policy-making has been shaped by Ted’s example in keeping one eye on how the policy advice translates into the lives of ordinary people.


To study (or not to study) economics: Results of the RBA student survey

Student enrolment numbers in economics have starkly declined in Australian high schools over recent decades. Furthermore, diversity among economics students on the basis of gender and socioeconomic background has also declined during this time. These statistics prompt us to ask what has contributed towards these trends? Link to survey or download PDF


WEN: Improving Women's Financial Literacy, Panel Discussion

Listen to our expert panel from the public sector and academia as they discuss women’s financial literacy and why it needs to improve, particularly in the current context - with women’s economic wellbeing disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


Saul Eslake - The Economic Impact of the COVID19 Epidemic

View the Economic Society of Australia's presentation by Saul Eslake titled ’The Economic Impact of the Covid-19 Epidemic’.

In this presentation, Saul discussed the spread of COVID-19 and the extent of the resulting economic shutdowns. He provided commentary on how the economies of Australia’s major trading partners have been affected, and then provided a more detailed look at the impact on the Australian economy.  Saul outlined some examples of the use of ‘high frequency’ data to track the performance of economies and to compare the differing impacts of COVID-19 on the states.  Saul also compared the ‘generosity’ of the fiscal and monetary support across households and businesses.


Women in Economics: Leadership During a Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critically important role and responsibility of leaders in guiding society towards a collective goal. Much attention has been placed on heads of government worldwide, and comparing the relative effectiveness of their leadership styles and handling of the crisis situation. Against this backdrop of unfolding world events, this webinar will analyse what can we learn about leadership from this current health and economic crisis.  We will be joined by Professor Dana Born (Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and retired Brigadier General of the US Air Force) and Sue Morphet (President of Chief Executive Women).


National Young Economist Debate 2020

See the Young Economist Network, with teams led by Gigi Foster and Brendan Coates, debating the proposition

'The Federal Government's Job Keeper & Job Seeker Programs should be extended in their current form beyond the end of September 2020 to allow for continued economic ​recovery’. 


The Reserve Bank’s policy actions and balance sheet with RBA's Deputy Governor, Guy Debelle

The webinar provided the Bank’s analysis of the extensive responses it has made to the pandemic.  These extend well beyond a reduction in the cash rate to include: a preparedness to buy government bonds in whatever quantities are needed to achieve a target yield on government bonds; introduction of a Term Funding Facility for authorised deposit taking institution; using open market operations to provide plenty of liquidity in financial markets; and bond purchases to promote smooth functioning of the market for government securities. 


The Deficit Myth with Professor Stephanie Kelton and ANZ Chief Economist Richard Yetsenga

Hear author Professor Stephanie Kelton in discussion of her New York Times bestselling debut book, The Deficit Myth, in conversation with ANZ Chief Economist Richard Yetsenga. A leading thinker and internationally-recognised advocate of modern monetary theory, Professor Kelton’s work has sparked debate in economic, financial and political circles across the globe.


WEN - Macroeconomic Outlook

The worst case economic scenarios formulated when COVID-19 hit our shores earlier this year are now thankfully are being ruled out.  As our economy moves through the various stages of reopening, what are macroeconomists thinking now? By how much will GDP fall and unemployment rise? What other indicators should economists also be focusing on?

We talked to leading economists, Felicity Emmett, Kaixin Owyong and Su-Lin Ong to get their read on the outlook for the coming 12 months.  The session was moderated by Elysse Morgan.

This WEN webinar was organised by the ACT WEN Branch as part of the ESA/WEN National Seminar Series.


Implications of COVID19 - What about the Children?

Listen to our expert panel of economists from the public sector and academia as they discuss the evidence on the likely impact of COVID19 on children, their development and acquisition of human capital.  What impacts are already visible and what policies will help mitigate the impacts.  

This webinar event has been organised by the Women in Economics Network, as part of the ESA National Seminar Series.

WEN Panel Discussion - Covid, care and wellbeing: what do we really value?

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put the brakes on Australia's paid market economy, our unpaid non-market economy – the cooking, cleaning and caring taking place within Australians' households – is still going strong.  Furthermore, the factors that truly matter for wellbeing have come into sharper focus as the crisis unfolds. To a large extent, it's women who are performing the essential frontline jobs and the unpaid caring roles that are keeping society functioning during this time.

Our panel explored how economists think about wellbeing. Should we place a higher value on the care work and the non-market activities that are essential for a well-functioning society? If yes, how this might be practically achieved? And, if the COVID crisis doesn't prompt a reassessment of the value of care and the contribution of women's work, what will?

Panellists Catherine Fox (journalist and author), Dr Suzy Morrissey (University of Auckland), Emma Dawson (Per Capita), and Associate Professor Julie Smith (ANU),  moderated by WEN National Chair Dr Leonora Risse (RMIT University and Harvard Kennedy School).


COVID19 and the Australian Labour Market and Taxation System

Restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to affect Australian workers at levels not seen since the early 1990s.  What are likely to be the impacts of the current economic crisis on different segments of the Australia labour market? What structural labour market issues are likely to emerge? And what are the implications for economic recovery and the taxation system? Listen as Professor Jeff Borland (University of Melbourne) and Professor Robert Breunig (ANU)  discuss these issues and more during this ESA National Webinar.


The Fiscal Response to COVID19 Panel Discussion

Shane Wright (Age/SMH) will lead a panel of academic and policy experts in analysing the fiscal response to the COVID crisis by Australian governments. Have governments done enough to respond to the economic fallout from the crisis? Where to from here? And how will we pay for it?


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