2019 Queensland Winter School - Economics of Inequality


From: Monday July 1, 2019, 3:30 pm

To: Wednesday July 3, 2019, 12:45 pm

Queensland Winter School in the Economics of Inequality: Theory and Policy O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 1 – 3 July 2019

The Economic Society of Australia (Qld), in association with Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and The University of Queensland (UQ) invites you to participate in the 2019 Queensland Economics Winter School at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland from 3pm, 1 July to 1pm, 3 July 2019.

Economics of Inequality and Inequality of Opportunity

Economic inequality represents a serious social problem in most developed countries, and the topic is considered of broad interest to both academics and policy-makers. Recently, attention has shifted from studying inequality as a general phenomenon, to investigating sources that lie beyond the control of the individual. In this Winter School, one of the world’s foremost economic philosophers in the field of inequality, John Roemer, will discuss the theory and practice of measuring inequality of opportunity. He will be joined by Lars Osberg, who will discuss the trajectory of research in inequality since the seminal work of Tony Atkinson in the 1970s.

George Verikios, Director, KPMG will present on the Australian experience of inequality.  An additional session covering practical issues including data analysis and STATA coding will also be presented.

Details of the preliminary program are here 2019 Winter School Preliminary Program

Prof John Roemer (Yale) is the Elizabeth S. and A. Varick Professor of Political Science and Economics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research concerns political economy, and distributive justice. He is currently teaching Political Competition and a Workshop in Political Economy. Publications include: Political Competition, Harvard University Press, 2001; Equality of Opportunity, Harvard University Press, 1998, Theories of Distributive Justice, Harvard University Press, 1996.


Prof Lars Osberg has been a member of the Economics Department at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) since 1977. He also worked for a brief period at the University of Western Ontario. He is well known internationally for his contributions in the field of economics. His major research interests are the measurement and determinants of inequality, social exclusion and poverty, measurement of economic well-being, leisure co-ordination and economic well-being, time use and economic development, and economic insecurity.


About the Winter School

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

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

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

Date:      Monday 1 July to Wednesday 3 July 2019

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 Monday 1 July, to conclude by 1pm Wednesday

Venue:  O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, 3582 Lamington National Park Rd, O'Reilly QLD 4275 . See details of the venue  here

Dress:    Smart casual


The conference fee includes accommodation, all meals, morning and afternoon tea, the first drink at pre-dinner drinks and some wine at dinner. The registration fee has been kept a at very moderate level, especially for postgraduate students and academics.

The conference registration fees (which are being subsided by the four host institutions) are shown below.

Economic Society Qld member discounts are automatically applied if logged in as a member when booking.

Full-time HDR students $430 ($390 for ESA Qld members) – based on twin-share bedrooms with ensuite in a spacious two bedroom villa.  You will be asked to nominate a "room buddy" to l.grose@griffith.edu.au  by 20 June.  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 l.grose@griffith.edu.au .

Academic staff $750 ($710 for ESA Qld members)  – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite in a spacious two bedroom villa (use the discount code ACADEMIC  when booking). 

Non-academic $990 ($950 for ESA Qld members) – single-room bedrooms, own ensuite in a spacious two bedroom villa.

The two bedroom villas are spacious with a lounge, kitchen and two bedrooms, each with ensuite - see two bedroom villas .  A limited number of single bedroom villas are available at additional cost.

For inquiries please email Leah Grose - l.grose@griffith.edu.au

The registration fee will cover accommodation for 2 nights, all meals for the duration of the Winter School,  the first drink at pre-dinner drinks, some wine at dinner and a guided rainforest tour. All other personal expenses are to be settled before checking out of O'Reilly's.  If you are wishing to arrive earlier or extend your stay, please contact O'Reilly's directly.

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 are limited, it is important to book as early as possible and no later than 3 June. Registrations after that will be dependent on rooms still being available. 

If you are unable to pay for a booking immediately, please let Leah Grose - l.grose@griffith.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 2019 refund policy that full refunds are available for cancellations advised by email before 3 June and not available after that (though registration may be transferred to another attendee entitled to the same registration fee). 






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