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Stiglitz Essay Prize

The International Economic Association (IEA) is happy to announce the Second Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honour of the past President of the association, Joseph E. Stiglitz. 

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Keynote address by Professor Wendy Carlin to the Australian Conference of Economists

Keynote address by Professor Wendy Carlin to the Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne 2019

This is a special edition of the regular ESA podcast, featuring a recording of the keynote speech from the Australian Conference of Economists in Melbourne on 16 July 2019. Professor Wendy Carlin from University College London spoke on the Future of Economics & Economics Education - Insights from Machine Learning.

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Keynote address by Professor Sir Tim Besley to the Australian Conference of Economists

Keynote address by Professor Sir Tim Besley to the Australian Conference of Economists, Melbourne 2019

This is a special edition of the regular ESA podcast, featuring a recording of the keynote speech from the Australian Conference of Economists in Melbourne on 15 July 2019. Professor Sir Tim Besley spoke on Why policy economists should study the dynamics of culture.

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ACE2020 - Wealth & Wellbeing


ACE2020, which will be focusing on "100 years of Welfare Economics", will be hosted by ESA's Western Australia branch.  Keep an eye on our website for more information as it comes in and in the meantime Hold the Date of 8-10 July 2020.

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Awards 2019

There were a number of prestigious awards bestowed upon worthy economists at the recently held ACE2019 in Melbourne

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Fitness & the future of work: time to swap out the marathon for F45 - A conversation with Karen Chester

Jobs matter – they are not only a source of income, but also a source of self-esteem, social interaction, purpose and even community. The concept of work, however, is rapidly changing with the advent of the digital economy and a rapidly aging population. So what can Australians do to improve their job prospects and security?

In this podcast Karen Chester discusses recent trends in Australia’s labour market and the fundamental fractures in Australia’s education and training system that could be leaving us unprepared for our current and future labour markets

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Follow us on Twitter

We are delighted to announce the launch of ESA's Twitter account.  Keep up to date with economics-related topics and be part of the conversation.

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Motherhood, caring and the careers of Australian women - April 2019

Poll 37

Proposition 1: "Without changes to existing public policy or private sector practice in Australia, motherhood will always negatively affect a woman's career."

Proposition 2: "In Australia, fathers are more restricted than mothers in fulfilling a caring role while in employment."

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ACE2019

Hosted by the Victoria branch of ESA, ACE2019 was held from 14-16 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park. Presentations will be posted progressively.

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Website Updates

The Society's Central Council has initiated a number of improvements and enhancements to the website.

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Creating a level playing field: evidence from three field experiments - A conversation with Andreas Leibbrandt

Creating a level playing field - evidence from three field experiments

About 50 years ago the landmark equal pay case in Australia introduced principles for equal pay for men and women. Despite our efforts, women still earn substantially less than men. Recent statistics published by Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicate that the average full-time base salary gender pay gap was 16.2% in 2017-18 (source:https://www.wgea.gov.au/topics/gender-pay-gap)

This is the second of two ESA podcasts that explore current research into the drivers of the gender wage gap. It additionally explores research on reducing the wage gap for minority groups.

In this podcast, Professor Andreas Leibbrandt discusses his field experiments that examine how seemingly minor differences in real job ad descriptions affect the behaviour of applicants. With this experimental framework he has investigated contextual factors that affect: whether women sort out of competitive workplaces, whether women initiate salary negotiations and whether equal opportunity statements increase applications from minority groups. We discuss the possible mechanisms behind his field experiment results, and implications for organisations aiming to reduce wage gaps.

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Does confidence really advance women’s careers? A conversation with Leonora Risse

About 50 years ago the landmark equal pay case in Australia introduced principles for equal pay for men and women. Despite our efforts, women still earn substantially less than men. Recent statistics published by Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicate that the national wage gap was 14.6% in August 2018 (source: https://www.wgea.gov.au/addressing-pay-equity/what-gender-pay-gap).

In this podcast, Dr Leonora Risse discusses her research into a common piece of advice for women – to be more confident in the workplace. Dr Risse explains how she estimated the relationship between confidence and pay and promotions, separately for men and women, using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data. We discuss her unexpected findings, as well as the implications of her research for Australians and organisations working towards reducing the gender pay gap.

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The rise of protest politics – a conversation with Danielle Wood

Voters are abandoning the major parties. More than one-in-four Australians voted for anyone except the ALP, LNP, or the Greens in the Senate in 2016, compared to just over one-in-ten voters in 2007.

Why are Australians so disillusioned with the political mainstream? And are there similarities with the rise of ‘outsider politics’ in other countries including the Trump presidential victory and Brexit?

In this podcast Danielle Wood discusses her research on voting patterns, which draws on techniques from economics, psychology and political science to understand the rising minor party vote in Australia.

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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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Technology & Competition laws: A conversation with Dr Stephen King

"If you are not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold."
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There is little doubt that consumers have benefited from zero price services from the likes of Facebook, Google and even Visa and Mastercard. But is there such a thing as a free emoji? In this podcast Dr. Stephen King explains the two-sided nature of the markets in which these companies compete. He also discusses how economists have grappled with the complexity of these markets in problems ranging from the misuse of market power to ownership of personalised data.

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Events

Policy in the Pub: Consumer engagement in Victoria’s retail electricity sector

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Sep 18, 2019, 5:30 pm

September's Policy in the Pub will feature Andrew O'Keefe, a public policy professional with the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria. Andrew will be discussing Consumer engagement in Victoria’s retail electricity sector.

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Partner Event: Do Victoria’s households leave less money on the table when they switch electricity retailers?

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Monday Sep 23, 2019, 9:30 am

Members of the Economic Society are invited to attend The Victoria Energy Policy Centre's free seminar focussed on our working paper:  “Do Victoria’s households leave less money on the table when they switch electricity retailers?”

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Professional Development Seminar on Work, Health and Happiness at Old Age

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Sep 26, 2019, 12:30 pm

September's Professional Development seminar will be presented by Professor Jan van Ours from the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

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Partner Event: History of Economic Thought Society Conference

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 2, 2019, 5:30 pm

The 32nd HETSA Conference will be held at the University of Sydney, from 1730 Wednesday 2 October to 1800 Friday 4 October 2019. 

The KEYNOTE SPEAKER for the Conference is Professor Fabio Petri, University of Siena: ‘Capital Theory, 1874–2019, and the State of Macroeconomics’.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/fabiopetripapers/home

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Women in Economics Retreat 2019

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Oct 17, 2019, 9:00 am

From: Central Council

The Retreat provides an opportunity for around 20 junior and mid career women economists to develop their networks, receive mentoring and strengthen their leadership skills.

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Stan Kelly Lecture 2019: Frances Adamson

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Oct 30, 2019, 6:30 pm

The 2019 Stan Kelly Lecture will be given by Frances Adamson, Secretary of the Department of Affairs & Trade.

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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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