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ACE 2018

ACE2018 will be held in Canberra from 10-13 July 2018 with key note speakers confirmed as Anne Krueger, Professor of International Economics, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC; John Asker, Professor of Economics, UCLA; Marilyn Waring, Professor of Public Policy, AUT and Kathryn Graddy, Senior Associate Dean, Brandeis University, Massachusettes.


Gig Economy and Worker Welfare

The spectacular growth of the 'sharing economy' and 'gig economy' (enabled by platforms such as Uber, Deliveroo, AirBnB, AirTasker, TaskRabbit, Freelancer and others) is transforming the nature of work and working relationships - creating both new opportunities and risks for the welfare of Australian workers.


ABC Radio Show - The Economists

One of our ESA National Economic Panellists, A/Prof Gigi Foster has teamed up with Peter Martin (The Age/SMH) to create a new ABC Radio show called 'The Economists' which 'uses the tools of f economics to shine a light on life'. 

Journalism as a public good

2017 was the year that brought us a new startling reality – one in which 'alternative facts' consistently overwhelmed (or trumped?) well-considered, rigorous and evidence-based public discourse. We wanted to kick 2018 off by exploring this 'fake news' phenomenon with the the Economic Society of Australia's National Economic Panel (NEP). So for our 25th poll, we asked the NEP for their views on the following propositions


Same Sex Marriage and Economic Growth

Assuming that the law will be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry in Australia, this will generate net economic benefits for the nation as a whole over the next 10 years.  Read Media Coverage on this Poll : Sydney Morning Herald and The Age


Robots, artificial intelligence and the 'future of work'

Question A: "Holding labor market institutions and job training fixed, rising use of robots and artificial intelligence is likely to increase substantially the number of workers in Australia who are unemployed for long periods."

Question B: "Rising use of robots and artificial intelligence in Australia is likely to create benefits large enough that they could be used to compensate those workers who are substantially negatively affected for their lost wages."


Call for Papers - Special Sections in the Economic Papers

The Economic Papers is calling for papers for two special sections to be published in the journal in 2018.


Public borrowing for infrastructure investment

"As interest rates are at low levels by historical standards, federal and state governments, despite their public debt levels, should be borrowing more than they currently are to invest in infrastructure".


Register of Economists

The ESA and the Women in Economics Network are delighted to announce the launch of our Register of Economists and Women in Economics Register for media and public speaking.


Awards 2017

The Economic Society of Australia offers annual awards to honour distinguished Australian Economists for their contribution to the development of economics.  Pictured here is Professor Alison Booth receiving her award from ESA President Matthew Butlin.


ACE 2017 - Economics for Better Lives

ACE 2017 has now concluded - if you were among the delegates we hope you enjoyed the Conference. 


Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

Congratulations to Ross Garnaut, Professor Peter Dawkins and Professor Tom Karmel who received honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2017


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


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.



Introduction to Blockchain - Money, Ownership and Trust in a Decentralised System

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 27, 2018, 12:15 pm

An Introduction to Blockchain -  Money, Ownership and Trust in a Decentralised System

Presentation by Professor Uwe Dulleck, QUT

Join us for a presentation on this important new technology that has important implications for business, regulators and the economy. This presentation will introduce the technology, relying on the Bitcoin example to illustrate the challenges and the solutions Distributed Ledger Technology presents to allow people to exchange value in a decentralised system.

A light lunch will be served from 12.15pm.

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2018 AGM

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Apr 11, 2018, 5:30 pm

2018 Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld) will be held at HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Brisbane on Wednesday 11 April 2018 commencing at 5.30 pm.

The agenda papers for the meeting, including a proxy form if you are unable to attend, are shown at the link here.

Drinks and savouries will be provided.  Please register by Friday 6 April. Members may invite a guest with an interest in the Society.

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