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Will robots take our jobs? A conversation with Professor Jeff Borland

The robots are coming. The world of human work is fast disappearing. This is the future according to the doomsayers who seem at present to dominate discussion on the effects of computers in Australia. It’s a catchy story, and perhaps it fits with what we feel is happening around us. But it has rather a big problem. There is not much (or any) evidence to support it.

In the first of a new series of podcasts for members we ask Professor Jeff Borland: Will robots take our jobs?

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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

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ACE 2018

Save the Date - 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.

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Stan Kelly Lecture 2017: Where is the growth going to come from?

After the mining investment boom and then the apartment construction boom, where is Australia’s economic growth going to come from in future? And does it matter where it comes from?

The 2017 Stan Kelly Lecture was given by Luci Ellis the Assistant Governor (Economic) at the Reserve Bank of Australia on 15 November 2017. Please click on the link below for the full speech.

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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."

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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.

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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".

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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.

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The Finkel Review

Our latest NEP poll gathers expert opinions on the proposed Clean Energy Target scheme recommended by The Finkel Review as a key part of the blue-print for reform of the electricity industry.  

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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.

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ACE 2017 - Economics for Better Lives

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

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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

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Events

Social Security Reform: Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Feb 15, 2018, 12:00 am

From: Central Council

Conference focusing on how the social security system can more effectively respond to issues of poverty and inequality. Over the course of two days, a variety of speakers will cover what key changes have taken place since the 1970s and the Henderson Poverty Inquiry - to the labour market, families and to the position of vulnerable groups - and will assess the effectiveness of how social security has responded. It will also canvas different options for reform, including proposals for some kind of a basic income in Australia. Register Now

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Policy in the Pub: Housing affordability: causes, consequences and solutions

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Feb 21, 2018, 5:30 pm

The first talk for the year is from Brendan Coates who will discuss housing affordability: the causes of rising house prices and rents, their consequences and the policy options for improving affordability.


 

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Welcome

Welcome to the Victorian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia

The Victorian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia was formed in 1925. As such the Society is one of the oldest professional associations in Australia, and the Victorian Branch one of the largest branches of the organization. The Economic Society of Australia is affiliated with the International Economics Association

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