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ANU Research School of Economics - Economic Policy Masterclass

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The ANU Research School of Economics is hosting the ANU Economic Policy Masterclass on Friday December 1st at the National Press Club of Australia. This event is aimed at public and private sector industry professionals working in government, policy and economic roles who are looking to take the next step in their career.

If you have been considering further postgraduate study in Economics at the ANU, the Economic Policy Masterclass will be a preview of some of the exciting courses that you would undertake in a postgraduate study in Economics at the ANU.

The interactive masterclass will entail workshops in poverty and development policies, gender in economics, taxation and politics, contemporary policy issues in Australia and an overview of the different postgraduate programs in Economics at the ANU. Following the workshops will be a networking lunch with ANU’s best researchers in Economics and other industry professionals working in the field.

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9.00 Arrival
9.05 Introductions (Dr Jose Rodrigues-Neto)
9.15 Poverty and Development Policies (Professor Xin Meng)
9.45 Q&A
9.50 Homo Oeconomicus and Gender in Economics (Professor Alison Booth)
10.20 Q&A
10.25 Break
10.30 Taxes, Education and Politics (Associate Professor Maria Racionero)
11.00 Q&A
11.05 Contemporary Policy Issues in Australia (Professor Bob Gregory)
11.35 Panel Discussion
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Close

About each session


9:00am – Introduction and Overview of ANU Research School of Economics and Postgraduate Programs in Economics (Dr Jose Rodrigues-Neto)

Learn about ANU postgraduate programs in Economics at the Research School of Economics. Our leading and traditional programs have the highest standards in Australasia region. In this short session, Dr Jose Rodrigues-Neto, will explain how these academic programs work and how they can help you in your career.


9:15am - Poverty and Development Policies workshop (Professor Xin Meng)

Why are some countries richer than others? Why have some countries experienced growth miracles while others have experienced stagnation or even growth disasters? Within developing countries, what does it mean to be poor? How to combat poverty? What are the challenges that the poor in developing countries face and what can be done to improve their living standards? In this workshop Professor Xin Meng discusses these important issues in Poverty and Development Policies.

About the presenter:
Professor Xin Meng is an Economist at the ANU Research School of Economics. Her research to date covers the Chinese labour market during transition, the influence of institutions and culture on gender discrimination in developing and developed countries, the economic implications of rural-urban migration in developing countries, and the economic implications of major catastrophes, such as the impact of the Chinese famine and Cultural Revolution on life time earnings and welfare of individuals and families.


9:50am - Homo Oeconomicus and Gender in Economics workshop (Professor Alison Booth)

According to Adam Smith, human behaviour is determined by the struggle between the ‘impartial spectator’ and ‘the passions’. Motivated by a desire to explain gender differences in labour market outcomes, recent research in applied behavioural economics has turned to modelling preference formation (likely to be affected by both rationality and ‘the passions’). Relevant preferences include attitudes to risk and willingness to compete, and in this talk Professor Booth summarises several approaches to modelling these. She also comments on their practical significance.

About the presenter:
Alison Booth is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London and of the IZA Bonn. She was President of the European Association of Labour Economists from 2006-2008, headed the ANU's Economics Program RSSS for the period 2008-2009, and was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics from 1999-2004. Booth has worked on a number of labour market and behavioural economics topics.


10:25am - Taxation and Politics (Associate Professor Maria Racionero)

Taxation is the main source of government funding. Tax reform has been recently in the news. What are the desirable properties of a tax system? What is meant by tax incidence? What are the trade-offs involved in designing an optimal tax system? What is tax reform? In this talk Maria Racionero will review the optimal tax design and tax reform principles and use them as a basis to assess recent Australian tax reform proposals. She will also elaborate on the role that politics plays, unfortunately often constraining and compromising significant and genuine tax reform in Australia.

About the presenter:
Dr. Maria Racionero is Associate Dean (Higher Degree by Research) at the ANU College of Business and Economics, and Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. She currently teaches Public Sector Economics at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her main field of research is public economic theory, with particular interest in optimal taxation theory, and her work has been published in refereed international journals.


11:05am - Contemporary Policy Issues in Australia (Professor Robert Gregory)

In terms of economic outcomes why does Australia and the US view the rise in China as an economic power so differently? Generally speaking, Australian economic policy makers see the rise of China as an outcome which increases our income levels and well-being. US views seem to be very different and many see the rise of China in an outcome which decreases US income levels and well-being.

About the presenter:
Professor Bob Gregory joined the ANU in 1969 and is a key figure in the University’s Economics teaching and research history. Professor Gregory has made major contributions to the development of economic policy in Australia. From 1985-95 he was a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and from 1986-91 he was a member of the Australian Sciences and Technology Council. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (1979), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia (2001). In 1996 Professor Gregory was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.


11:35am - Forum/Panel Discussion

This panel session will be an open forum discussion between the panel members and masterclass attendees on the emerging economic policy issues and opportunities outlined in the morning’s workshops.


12:30pm – Networking Lunch

The Masterclass session will close with a networking lunch at the National Press Club.

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