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Budget 2024

Poll 64

Top economists give budget modest rating and doubt inflation will fall as planned.

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

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ACE 2024

The next Australian Conference of Economists will be held in Adelaide, SA from 10-12 July, with a Welcome Reception on the evening of 9th July. 

Online registration is CLOSED - late bookings can be managed by contacting us.

Western Australian GST deal

Poll 63

April Poll - panellists were asked about the GST deal with Western Australia.  The following two questions were posed: 

"Is the long-standing arrangement broadly the best method of distributing the nationally-collected GST revenue?" and "Should the 2018 changes be kept or scrapped?"

Responses (997)
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Transition to net zero - ape the US Inflation Reduction Act?

Poll 62

Panellists were asked "Which of the options set out below best describes the kind of approach the Australian government should take to the US Inflation Reduction Act? (Pick 1)"

Responses (50)
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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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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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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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Events

Do households use “mental accounts” in making their spending decisions? Implications for macroeconomics

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Jul 17, 2024, 12:15 pm

From: New South Wales

Dr Graham draws on one popular theory of behaviour to understand household spending patterns in response to the receipt of unusual income (e.g. a tax refund, or a bonus check).  He explores the concept of "mental accounts" in consumption choices and the effectiveness of fiscal stimulus policies on household spending.

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WEN After work drinks

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Friday Jul 19, 2024, 5:00 pm

From: Tasmania

Join us for an informal event hosted by WEN at Fox Friday Hobart.

An opportunity for anyone with an interest in economics to catch up informally for drinks, connections and thought-provoking discussion. Members of WEN, ESA Tas and the Tasmanian Behavioural Network are warmly invited. No need to register - just come along.

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Christmas in July!

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Jul 23, 2024, 5:45 pm

From: Victoria

As chilly winds sweep through Melbourne, we invite you to embrace the magic of Christmas in July with a night of ice skating and merriment!

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Emerging Economist Series 2024

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Jul 23, 2024, 6:00 pm

From: New South Wales

Consisting of three dinners, the 2024 Emerging Economist Series will be held at the Reserve Bank of Australia's H.C. Coombs Centre. Attendance is by subscription to all three events and can be shared amongst your colleagues.

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The Value of Statistical Life: A discussion of the Issues

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Jul 24, 2024, 12:15 pm

From: New South Wales

This talk covers issues in the uses of the value of statistical life in cost-benefit studies, with special reference to Australia. These include: whether and how to update the national value of life, still based on Dr Abelson's 2007 OBPR report; whether the values of lives lost by inaction or poor actions should be different from the values of lives saved; if the value of life should vary with other circumstances; when to use value of life years instead of value of life; and whether the value of a statistical life year should equal the value of a quality adjusted life year.

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Application for WEN (SA) Mentoring Program, 2024-25 now OPEN

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Monday Jul 29, 2024, 7:00 am

From: South Australia

WEN (SA) Mentoring Program, 2024-25

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Industrial Policy seminar featuring Dr Alex Robson, Productivity Commission Deputy Chair

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Jul 30, 2024, 12:15 pm

From: Queensland

Dr Alex Robson, Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission, will present on the revival of industrial policy: what's driving it and its pros and cons.

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Alice - Book Launch with Stuart Kells and Dr Michael Falk

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Jul 30, 2024, 5:30 pm

From: Victoria

From Wall Street to the supreme court, how the world's largest banks control the money markets and crush competition

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Cost Benefit Analysis Workshop (Intro or Advanced) - EOI Only - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Jul 31, 2024, 8:45 am

From: Victoria

A few individuals missed out on the last 'Introduction to Cost-Benefit-Analysis' workshop, so we are opening up for Expressions of Interest. Register below if you would like to be notified about the next event. Let us know too if you would be interested in a 'Intermediate / Advanced' workshop.

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Studying Economics at University in WA: Information Session for High School Teachers, Students, and Parents

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Aug 7, 2024, 5:00 pm

From: Western Australia

Are you considering studying economics at university in WA next year? Would you like to know more about your options for studying economics and where a degree in economics can take you? If so, you might be interested in an upcoming information session where you will have the opportunity to hear from academics and students from the three WA universities that offer degrees in economics.

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Cost Benefit Analysis Forum 2024

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Aug 8, 2024, 8:15 am

From: New South Wales

The  Cost Benefit Analysis Forum 2024 will be held as an in-person event in Sydney. 

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA DEPUTY GOVERNOR'S LUNCH

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Monday Aug 12, 2024, 11:45 am

From: Queensland

The Economic Society of Australia (Queensland Branch) invites you to an important luncheon address by Andrew Hauser, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) on 12 August 2024 from 11.45 am to 2pm at the Hilton Hotel. 

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Retirement Drivers and Outcomes in Australia

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Aug 14, 2024, 12:15 pm

From: New South Wales

Professor Barrett speaks on the key drivers of retirement in Australia and the impact of retirement on outcomes including economic well-being, health and cognition. 

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Trivia Night 2024

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Aug 14, 2024, 6:00 pm

From: New South Wales

ESA's Trivia Night promises a night of fun, networking, general knowledge and trivia. The Economic Society of Australia invites members, young professionals, academics & students, and friends to a night of trivia fun and networking. 

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HETSA Annual Conference 2024

Date: Thursday Sep 26, 2024, 12:00 pm

From: New South Wales

The 2024 HETSA Conference will be held at Alphacrucis University College, Cowper St Parramatta, Sydney, Australia from 26-27 September. This year we are welcoming colleagues from the Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought to a joint conference. 

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Welcome

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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