2017 Queensland Winter School in Public Policy Evaluation


From: Wednesday June 7, 2017, 1:00 pm

To: Friday June 9, 2017, 3:00 pm

Queensland Winter School in Public Policy Evaluation, LSE Professor Stephen Machin, 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.  As room bookings need to be firmed up, it is helpful to book before 8 May to secure a place.

Evaluating Public Policy – natural experiments and empirical techniques 

One focus of empirical economics has always been to evaluate the effectiveness of public policy. Policy evaluation has become even more important as understanding has grown of the complex response of individuals to incentives and information. The Winter School will explore the application of economics to public policy and how natural experiments can be used to analyse the impact of policy.  Different strategies and approaches will be discussed using examples of research ranging from education, labour markets (both minimum wages and discrimination) and crime.  Please see the link for a preliminary program 2017 Winter School preliminary program

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

Stephen Machin is a leading researcher in the field of evaluation of public policy in relation to labour market , education and crime, and their effect on the labour market programs and empirical analysis of educational policies (such as school governance and teaching techniques) and their outcomes.    He is Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE and also leads the Centre’s Labour Markets research program - see http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/staff/person.asp?id=971 . Additional content for the School will be provided by Professor Uwe Dulleck and Tony Beatton of QUT.

About the Winter School

The Winter School will provide an opportunity for PhD economics students, early career academics and professional economists to learn about new techniques in the evaluation of public policy. It is also an opportunity to connect and share research ideas and gain new insights.

The Winter School is held in a very pleasant environment in the Gold Coast hinterland.  The School is residential to help PhD student and other attendees build their professional networks and opportunities for future collaboration.

 The Winter School is an initiative of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld), the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Date:      Wednesday 7 June to Friday 9 June, 2017

Time:     Check in at O'Reilly's from 2pm for registration and coffee at 3pm for the start of the conference at 3.30pm on Wednesday, to conclude by 3.30pm Friday

Venue:  O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 3582 Lamington National Park Rd, O'Reilly QLD 4275

Dress:    Smart casual


The conference registration fees (which are being subsided by the four host institutions) are:

Full-time HDR students $390 – based on twin-share bedrooms with ensuite.  You will be asked to nominate a “room buddy” by 4 May.  Alternatively O'Reilly's will allocate a buddy to you.  When booking, please use the discount code HDRSTUDENT and email a copy of your student card to c.stanfield@uq.edu.au . Limited single room accommodation is available for HDR students at a registration fee of $560 - to choose this option use the discount code HDRSINGLE and email your student card as indicated.

Academic staff $690 – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite (use the discount code ACADEMIC when booking)

Non-academic $950 – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite

Please direct queries about the conference in the first instance to Cerian Stanfield - c.stanfield@uq.edu.au 

The registration fee will cover accommodation for 2-nights, all meals for the duration of the Winter School and a guided rainforest walk. All other personal expenses are to settled before checking out of O'Reilly's  If you are wishing to extend your stay, please contact O'Reilly's directly to ascertain availability, and then register as per normal.

The registration fee does not include transportation to/from O'Reilly's.  Participants will need to make their own way to the venue. Please speak with your home institution about car share options.

As room numbers need to be firmed up, it is important to book by 8 May to be certain of securing a place. Registrations after that will be dependent on rooms still being available. Registration must close on 24 May unless available places are filled earlier.

If you are unable to pay for a booking immediately, please let Cerian Stanfield, c.stanfield@uq.edu.au  know that you wish to take part in this event so we can reserve a place for a limited time pending payment being made.

By booking, you acknowledge your acceptance of the Winter School 2017 refund policy that full refunds are available for cancellations advised by email before 4 May and not available after that (though registration may be transferred to another attendee entitled to the same registration fee). 







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