Applied Economics in the Public Sector - Young Economist's QLD Online Event - ONLINE ONLY


From: Wednesday May 12, 2021, 5:00 pm

To: Wednesday May 12, 2021, 6:30 pm

The application of economic theory and techniques differs greatly between Economist roles. The Young Economists QLD aim to provide a greater understanding into how economics is applied in practice within the public and private sector, as part of a two-part webinar series.

The first webinar in the series will cover Applied Economics in the Public Sector, where we will have Economists from Queensland Treasury and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) present case studies on how they have used economics in practice to inform decision making and/or policy development.

  • Caleb Connolly will discuss how DAF developed their Farm Economic Analysis Tool to help producers make decisions for improved profitability and sustainability. An introduction to the tool can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/MPW7PtGTnkY
  • Ryan Halverson and Diane Gracias from Queensland Treasury will discuss how they collect, analyse, and use economic evidence in regional and industry policy development.

Cost: Free

Please register by 12pm 12th May 2021. The link to join this webinar will be included in your auto-generated invoice email - please look out for this and keep it safe until the webinar is due to be broadcast.

Meet the speakers


  • Ryan Halverson graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Economics in 2017. Ryan then completed the Queensland Treasury Graduate Program in 2018 and is now employed as an Economist in Treasury's Economic Policy team. Recently, Ryan has been involved in population policy, economic assessments of projects and investment proposals, and coordination of the 2021-22 Budget chapter development process.
  • Diane Gracias graduated from QUT in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics. In 2019, Diane joined the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Policy Futures Graduate Program where she undertook rotations in Jobs Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Treasury. Since 2020 she has been employed as an Economist in the Economic Policy team of Queensland Treasury. Diane is currently working on labour market and insurance affordability policy related issues, and has been tracking economic policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across jurisdictions and internationally.

Ryan and Diane will be joined by Jordan Herd, Principal Economist, Queensland Treasury, and Grace Houlihan, Economist, Queensland Treasury.


  • Caleb Connolly will join us to present on DAF’s Farm Economic Analysis Tool and his experience working in the Public Sector. He is part of a team of Agricultural Economists at DAF who have over a hundred years collective experience in agriculture (with diverse backgrounds in farming, agronomy, agri-finance and research extension). Caleb works alongside producers and researchers from various industries and will be happy to respond to questions that you have about applied economics.

Who are the Young Economists?

The Young Economists in Queensland is aimed at promoting a community of young economists ranging from recent graduates to those within the first 10 years of their career working within industry, academia and the public sector. From hosting networking events to encouraging economic discussions and debates, the society actively encourages young career economists to build a network to support both personal and professional development.

Special membership prices are available to economists within the first 10 years of their career. Aside from participating in the entire range of Economic Society activities, membership also enables young economists to attend events tailored for young economists, meet your peers and discuss real economic issues. Membership price: $40 which may be tax deductible

To become a member, click here to register through ESA Queensland. Please select ‘Associate Membership – Young Economists’ under membership type to join. By joining Young Economists, you can also elect to join the Women in Economics Network at no extra cost.  


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