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The release of Professor Sean Turnell

The ESA is delighted with the safe return of Sean Turnell, after his long and unjust imprisonment in Myanmar. The ESA advocated for Sean’s safe return, along with many of his friends and colleagues.

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Leading economists back Federal Government action to curb rising gas and electricity prices

Poll 57

Australia’s top economists have overwhelmingly endorsed intervention to restrain gas and electricity prices, with only three of the 47 leading economists surveyed believing the best thing the government can do is to leave things to the market.

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Unreserved - RBA's latest release of digitised archival records

The Reserve Bank has been releasing a large volume of digitised archival records to the public through our digital archive (called Unreserved). These records span nearly 200 years of Australia’s economic, financial and social history. The latest release includes records about the work and influence of Dr HC Coombs along with additional records from the Bank’s Research Department, with much of the new information covering the period from the Bank’s ‘separation’ from the original Commonwealth Bank in 1960 through to the early 1970s.

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Is education or immigration the answer to our skills shortage? We asked 50 economists

Poll 56

Investing in Australians’ education is far more important than immigration in resolving the nation’s skills shortages, according to leading economists surveyed in the lead-up to this week’s jobs and skills summit.

The 50 top Australian economists polled by the Economic Society of Australia and The Conversation are recognised by their peers as leaders in their fields, including economic modelling, labour markets and public policy.

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Awards 2022

A number of prestigious awards were bestowed upon worthy economists at a recent Zoom ceremony.  Read on to find out who won the 2022 ESA National Awards.

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WEN Credible Blog Series Writing Competition - Winners Announcement

In 2022, NSW WEN hosted its inaugural writing competition as part of the Credible Economist series.

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'It’s important not to overreact’: Australia’s top economists on how to fix high inflation

Poll 55

Australia’s top economists are divided about how to tackle ballooning inflation of 6.1% that’s forecast to climb to a three-decade high of 7.75% by the end of the year.

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ACE 2022

Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) 2022 was held from 10 to 13 July 2022 in Hobart, Tasmania as an in-person event.  Our theme, Economics in the New Normal, sought to address the challenges that a post-pandemic world faces.

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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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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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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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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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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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Career advice for young women from University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has launched a campaign that's designed to highlight the women in their Faculty and provides career advice to young women.

Follow this link to view the youtube video, which features some of their top female academics (including economist Guyonne Kalb and Abigail Payne).

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Short Supply - ESSA's Annual Student Publication

Short Supply is an annual publication of the Economics Student Society of Australia. Launched in 2015 by ESSA’s Monash University branch, it has served as an outlet for student writers and academics to share thoughts and insights on a particular theme. This year's publication, which was launched in mid-August, focuses on the theme of "disasters". Previous editions of the publication are also available on the ESSA website.

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Infrastructure Victoria Policy Paper - Good Move: Fixing Transport Congestion

On Wednesday 25 March 2020, Infrastructure Victoria released its latest policy paper on transport network pricing -- Good Move: Fixing Transport Congestion. You can view Infrastructure Victoria's presentation on the paper here.  The Victorian Branch is working with Infrastructure Victoria to bring Economic Society members a webinar or podcast on this research in coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.

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Victorian Branch Postpones Public Events Until Further Notice Due to COVID-19

Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Victorian Branch of the Economic Society of Australia will be postponing public events until further notice. This includes the Women in Economics Network and the ESA Young Professionals. This is the most sensible course of action to keep our presenters, members, attendees and other members of the community safe. We will closely monitor developments and bring back our events when it is safe to do so.

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Events

Crypto and Digitalisation: Current State of Play - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 12:00 pm

The Economic Society of Australia, Victoria Branch, invites you to this short presentation where we will provide an overview of the evolution and different forms of digital currencies including cryptocurrencies.

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SPECIAL INVITATION: How Gender Impacts Outcomes in Education and in Family: An International Perspective - ONLINE ONLY

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 12:30 pm

From: Central Council

Gender can be an important factor in determining outcomes in schools as well as in families. In collaboration with the Korean Women Economists Association (KWEA, http://www.e-kwea.or.kr/ ), the Women in Economics Network invites you to a webinar on two interesting gender economics topics.

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An Evening with Two of Australia’s Leading Economic Historians

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Wednesday Nov 30, 2022, 5:30 pm

The Victorian Branch of the ESA is proud and indeed honoured to announce that on Thursday, 30 November at the Kelvin Club from 5.30 pm we will have Geoff Blainey talk about ‘Economic history and the Causes of War’.

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ANU Workshop on Modelling Economic Sanctions

Event Type: Workshops/Conferences

Date: Monday Dec 5, 2022, 9:00 am

From: Central Council

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is hosting a workshop on Modelling Economic Sanctions on 5 December 2022. It is a hybrid event taking place in person at the Australian National University and online via Zoom.

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End of year event and AGM

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Dec 15, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Economic Society is looking forward to getting together in person, and promoting connection among our members and those interested in contemporary economic issues and debate.

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Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together - Call for Papers

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Thursday Feb 2, 2023, 12:00 am

From: Central Council

Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together

The Reconciliation, Opportunities for, and Wellbeing of First Nations Peoples: Yarning and learning together Workshop will be held at the Charles Perkins Centre, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney on Thursday 2 February and Friday 3 February 2023. Call for papers closes on 25 November 2022. Further information can be found by clicking this Call for Papers link.

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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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