The economics of digital disruption


From: Tuesday March 26, 2019, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday March 26, 2019, 7:00 pm

Disruptive digital technologies - such as blockchain, AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) - are transforming the way that businesses, government and society interact with each other and their environments.

What effect will digital disruption have on the economy, and how can economics help inform approaches to dealing with these impacts? How is digital disruption being harnessed by business and government? And is there a role for government regulation?

Looking more deeply, what are the implications of digital disruption for our social fabric, particularly in relation to gender equity and for younger generations such as those who are just starting their careers?

Join the Economic Society of Australia - Young Professionals and the Women in Economics Network Victorian branches for a dynamic interrogation of these questions with three experts at the forefront of digital disruption. For those who are new to these concepts, this session will outline the fundamentals of the economics behind digital technologies as a launchpad to the discussion.


Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Deloitte Access Economics, Level 10, 550 Bourke Street Melbourne



Mary Cavar is the Executive Manager of the Melbourne office at the Productivity Commission where she is responsible for planning and coordinating the Commission’s inquiry and research work. Prior to this, Mary was an Assistant Commissioner and lead a number of inquiries including Superannuation, Natural Disaster Funding and Geographic Labour Mobility. She has previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Dr Mikayla Novak is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University. Dr Novak has worked in public sector agencies, industry associations and non-profit think tanks, and is a prolific contributor to policy debates. Mikayla's research interests include cryptoeconomics, public sector economics, regulation economics and regulatory governance, inequality and living standards, economic and fiscal sociology, public choice theory, evolutionary and complexity economics, and comparative institutional economic analysis. Her recent book - Inequality: An Entangled Political Economy Perspective - explores how the nature and causes of inequality can be understood as a by-product of the entanglement of politics and economics within modern societies. Mikayla was awarded her Doctorate in Economics from RMIT University and holds a First Class Honours Economics degree from the University of Queensland.

Stuart McGregor has extensive experience leading the design and delivery of large scale business and technology transformation for some of Asia’s leading organisations. He is currently the Managing Partner of HamesMcGregor + Partners, a company that specialise in developing strategies and building capability which keeps organisations relevant, viable, and valuable in an integrated social world of Data, Artificial Intelligence and blockchain. He is also the founder of OSQO - enabling homebuyers to crowdfund the balance of their mortgage deposits from investors using our blockchain based community bond issuing service. Prior to this, he has worked for CharterMason, Accenture and IBM.

Our thanks to Deloitte Access Economics for generously partnering with ESA-YP and WEN to host this event.



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Deloitte Access Economics

Level 10, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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