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Energy Shortages - Reserving Australian Gas

This month, we asked our panellists to comment on the following: "In response to energy shortages around Australia, government policies requiring gas producers to reserve some production for domestic consumption are a good way to ensure that Australian consumers have access to sufficient gas supplies while still allowing for gas exports."



ACE 2017 - Economics for Better Lives

At ACE this year we will be considering issues such as inequality and poverty, financial regulation, taxation reform, education reform, the economics of mental health, utility regulation, transport economics, infrastructure, regional trade agreements, international migration flows, international aid and development, the role of behavioral economics the economics of populism, and macroeconomics in a low interest rate world.  Early Bird Registration open till 2 June.


Capital Gain Tax and House Prices

Our Panel were recently asked for their opinions on the following proposition: "Capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed because they over-stimulate the housing market, contributing to rising house prices."


Update on NEP Panellists

Last year the Economic Society of Australia established the National Economic Panel to help further the Society’s objectives of encouraging the study of economic questions and public debate of economic questions; and promoting the standing of the profession in the Australian community


Women in Economics - Website and Launch Dates

The Women in Economics Network was officially launched across Australia in March 2017.  Each State hosted a launch event featuring prominent female economists including Assistant Reserve Bank Governor Dr Luci Ellis (in Canberra), Senior Economics Writer Jess Irvine (in Melbourne and Sydney) and Economic Leader Carolyn Hewson AO (in Adelaide).


Economics teaching - micro before macro?

Our first poll of the ESA National Economic Panel for 2017 tries to shed some light on a perennial debate amongst economics educators.


Eminent Speaker Series 2017

We are delighted to announce that Dr John C Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will be our Eminent Speaker for 2017. 


IEA Stiglitz Essay Prize

"It is with great pleasure that we are writing to you to inform you that we have awarded the first and runner up prizes in the Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honor of the past President of the association, Joseph E. Stiglitz......


National Innovation and Science Agenda

National Innovation and Science Agenda: Engagement and Impact Assessment 

Read the Economic Society of Australia's submission that responds to the Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper of the Australian Research Council’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Awards 2016


Announcement of the 2016 Awards - pictured here is L-R Dr Matthew Butlin presenting Professor Ian Harper with the Distinguished Public Policy Fellow Award, and Paul Oslington, representing NSW the nominating Branch.


RBA/ESA Economics Competition 2016

The Reserve Bank of Australia is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 RBA/ESA Economics Competition for undergraduate students at an accredited Australian university. The competition was run in conjunction with the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and the UNSW Economics Society.



ESA QLD 2017 Business Lunch - Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday May 4, 2017, 12:00 pm

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld) invites you to an important luncheon address featuring  Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

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Women in Economics Network Queensland launch

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday May 17, 2017, 5:00 pm


Join economists and others with an interest in supporting the careers of female economists at the launch of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) Queensland.

The event starts for informal networking from 5pm with apanel discussion starting at 6pm on developing a successful career in economics with: 

  • Cathie Close, Reserve Bank of Australia Senior Representative Qld
  • Natasha Doherty, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
  • Sally Noonan, ‎Deputy Director General, Dept of Transport and Main Roads
  • Christine Smith, Professor of Economics, Griffith University

 Moderator: Dr Tina Rampino, Research Fellow, Institute of Social Science Research, UQ and President of WEN in Queensland.

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2017 Queensland Winter School in Public Policy Evaluation

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Wednesday Jun 7, 2017, 1:00 pm

Queensland Winter School in Public Policy Evaluation, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 7 -9 June 2017

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld), in association with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith University, and The University of Queensland invite you to participate in the 2017 Queensland Economics Winter School at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland from 7 to 9 June 2017.

Evaluating Public Policy – natural experiments and empirical techniques

Lead presenter: Stephen Machin, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Director, Centre for Economic Performance

Please see details of Winter School for further information on the program, registration fees and for discount codes for favourable pricing for HDR students and academic staff. 



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Welcome to the website of the Economic Society of Australia (QLD) Inc. (i.e. ESA Queensland). ESA Queensland promotes discussion of, and debate about, economic issues and economic policies, supports the training and professional development of economists and encourages the study and teaching of economics. 



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