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The release of Professor Sean Turnell

The ESA is delighted with the safe return of Sean Turnell, after his long and unjust imprisonment in Myanmar. The ESA advocated for Sean’s safe return, along with many of his friends and colleagues.

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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.

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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

Poll 55

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

Professor Tony Makin Memorial Event

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Monday Nov 28, 2022, 10:00 am

From: Queensland

Professor Anthony John (Tony) Makin passed away unexpectedly in November 2021 aged 65. He will be sadly missed by his academic colleagues, especially those working in the areas of open economy macroeconomics, government deficit financing and Australian fiscal and monetary policy.

A special issue of the journal entitled “Economic Analysis and Policy” is being co-edited by his former Griffith University colleagues, Emeritus Professors Ross Guest and Christine Smith, to celebrate Tony’s scholarly achievements and life. The authors of the accepted papers will present their research papers in this memorial seminar.

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31st Australian Labour Market Research Workshop

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 8:00 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.

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Crypto and Digitalisation: Current State of Play - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 12:00 pm

From: Victoria

The Economic Society of Australia, Victoria Branch, invites you to this short presentation where we will provide an overview of the evolution and different forms of digital currencies including cryptocurrencies.

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SPECIAL INVITATION: How Gender Impacts Outcomes in Education and in Family: An International Perspective - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 12:30 pm

Gender can be an important factor in determining outcomes in schools as well as in families. In collaboration with the Korean Women Economists Association (KWEA, http://www.e-kwea.or.kr/ ), the Women in Economics Network invites you to a webinar on two interesting gender economics topics.

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RBA Topical Talk: Crypto-assets, Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currency - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 4:00 pm

From: New South Wales

This talk from the Deputy Head of the RBA's Payments Policy department, Chris Thompson, will attempt to demystify crypto-assets, stablecoins and central bank digital currency (CBDC). It will also explore the work the RBA has been doing to research the case for a CBDC in Australia.

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An Evening with Two of Australia’s Leading Economic Historians

Event Type: ESA Event

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

From: Victoria

The Victorian Branch of the ESA is proud and indeed honoured to announce that on Thursday, 30 November at the Kelvin Club from 5.30 pm we will have Geoff Blainey talk about ‘Economic history and the Causes of War’.

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Trivia – Young Economist’s QLD Event

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 1, 2022, 5:00 pm

From: Queensland

Young Economists Qld (YE) invites its members, young professionals, academics, students, and friends to a night of trivia fun and networking. Don’t worry if you feel your economics trivia knowledge isn’t up to scratch, the trivia will cover a broad mix of general knowledge questions – think pop culture, music, and maybe even some local Queensland trivia - with one round of economics related questions!

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End of Year Sundowner ESA WA and WEN WA

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 1, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Western Australia

The ESA and WEN WA network invite you to attend our end of year sundowner drinks to celebrate the fantastic achievements we have made this year. This is a great informal event to catch-up with old friends and to make some new connections.

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End of Year Sundowner ESA WA and WEN WA

Date: Thursday Dec 1, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Women In Economics

The ESA and WEN WA network invite you to attend our end of year sundowner drinks to celebrate the fantastic achievements we have made this year. This is a great informal event to catch-up with old friends and to make some new connections.

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ESA ACT: Christmas Drinks 2022

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 1, 2022, 6:30 pm

From: Australian Capital Territory

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ANU Workshop on Modelling Economic Sanctions

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Monday Dec 5, 2022, 9:00 am

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is hosting a workshop on Modelling Economic Sanctions on 5 December 2022. It is a hybrid event taking place in person at the Australian National University and online via Zoom.

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Seminar on labour economics and end-of-year WEN (SA) wrap up

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 8, 2022, 12:00 pm

From: South Australia

Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and Women in Economics Network (WEN) members and associates are warmly invited to a lunchtime seminar organised by the Centre for Markets, Values and Inclusion (CMVI), University of South Australia (UniSA). Dr Ishita Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Western Australia Business School will present on the following topic: Degree recognition, network quality and the labour market outcomes of migrants in Australia

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End of Year Event 2022 at the Ship Inn

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Dec 14, 2022, 5:30 pm

From: Queensland

The Queensland Branch of the Economic Society of Australia, in a joint event with Women in Economics Network (Qld) and Young Economists Qld, invites all members and guests to end of year celebrations at the Ship Inn on Wednesday 14 December form 5.30pm to 8pm. 

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End of year event and AGM

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 15, 2022, 5:00 pm

From: Victoria

The Economic Society is looking forward to getting together in person, and promoting connection among our members and those interested in contemporary economic issues and debate.

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Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together - Call for Papers

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Feb 2, 2023, 12:00 am

Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together

The Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together Workshop will be held at the Charles Perkins Centre, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February 2023. Call for papers closes on 25 November 2022. Further information can be found by clicking this Call for Papers link.

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17th Western Economic Association International Conference

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Apr 12, 2023, 8:00 am

Whether in-person or virtually, WEAI conferences bring together top economists from around the world to discuss their latest research. Join the conversation and plan to present a paper or organize a session! Virtual sessions will be held via Zoom on April 11th, 2023, with the in-person conference being held April 12-15, 2023 at the University of Melbourne. Keynote addresses include David Card, Cecilia Rouse, and Richard Blundell.

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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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