ESA(Vic) 2014 Professional Development Seminar #3 - Dr Matthew Butlin "Australia’s economic development 1800 – 2010 in 10 Charts (or thereabouts)"


From: Wednesday March 26, 2014, 12:45 pm

To: Wednesday March 26, 2014, 1:45 pm


Australia’s economic development 1800 – 2010 in 10 Charts (or thereabouts)

Australia’s colonial and subsequent economic development can be described in four big themes:
  • Scale of settlement
  • Living standards
  • Industry structure
  • Openness to the international economy.
The efforts of mistrusting imperial administrators, path breaking colonial statisticians and a group of Commonwealth Statisticians and academic researchers has provided the basis for a statistical narrative of Australian economic development from 1800 to 2010 in around 10 charts (or so).  This presentation is drawn from a chapter by Butlin, Dixon and Lloyd in the forthcoming Cambridge Economic History of Australia to be published later this year.   About the speaker Dr Matthew Butlin was appointed Chairman of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission in 2008. He began his career as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1975 followed by extended service in Canberra, including senior executive roles in the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Employment, Education and Training. He later joined the Business Council of Australia as Research Director before taking senior executive roles with CRA Limited, Newcrest Mining and in management consulting. He returned to public policy in 2007 with the Productivity Commission. Matthew has published in economics, management theory and practice, innovation, and economic history. He has a bachelor of economics with first class honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Matthew is currently the national President of the Economic Society of Australia, and is a member of the Council of Leadership Victoria. Please register for this seminar here: Download the slides from this seminar here


Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission (VCEC) Offices (Level 37)

2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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