The School of Economics welcomed a cross-section of South Australian high school students from year levels 11 and 12 to the University of Adelaide for the inaugural Festival of Economics held on Thursday 28 June 2018. The event’s purpose was to inform and inspire the high school students about economics and show the wide breadth of economics beyond common perceptions. The event was organized by Associate Professor Duygu Yengin with the sponsorship of the Diversity and Inclusion Grant 2018 from the Faculty of Professions.

Special guest speakers were Associate Professor Gigi Foster from the University of NSW who talked on “Can we ever solve inequality” and Emeritus Professor Sue Richardson from Flinders University talking on “How high wage should be” and “Can Economics be in harmony with nature?”

Also very popular was the panel discussion which consisted of current economic students and recent graduates. They talked about why they chose economics, what career paths they pursued and why they think economics is important and answered quite a few questions on career paths and choices.

The students were also given an opportunity to chat with the guest speakers and panel members during a lunch provided.

Good luck to all the school leavers, and we are looking forward to welcoming you as students at the School of Economics next year!

From left to right: Assoc. Prof. Duygu Yengin, Prof. Gareth Myles, Assoc. Prof. Gigi Foster,Clare Nolan, Suraya Abdul Halim, Mia Tam, Phil Grozinger, Georgia Wiley and Mackenzie Thompson.

The panel of School of Economics Graduates answering questions from high school students.


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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Geoff Harcourt AC who was in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday list and received a Companion of the Order of Australia.

“For eminent service to higher education as an academic economist and author, particularly in the fields of Post-Keynesian economics, capital theory and economic thought”.

Geoff is a towering figure in the intellectual history of the University of Adelaide, and a major figure in the history of Australian and world economic thought, and remains an active participant in current economic debates relating to the economics of austerity and inequality.  He is Emeritus Reader in the History of Economic Theory, University of Cambridge (1998), Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Cambridge (1998) and Professor Emeritus, University of Adelaide (1988). His research interests include history of economic theory, intellectual biography and Post-Keynesian theory and policy.  Read more.

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On Tuesday 29 May, a roundtable was held at the School of Economics which examined possibilities for collaborative research and development between universities and industry in South Australia. This roundtable was initiated by the Innovation Initiative (chaired by Glen Weir, an Adelaide economics alumni) which has promoted innovation in SA for the past 20 years. The meeting was attended by industrial leaders, academics, and research facilitators from the finance industry and government. The benefit of promoting R&D in SA was unanimously agreed, but the practicalities of university and industry engagement need enhancing.   It was observed that strong links between industry and universities can unleash latent mutual value in the form of better students and research for universities, and better R&D and economic outcomes for business. Some very successful and long-established collaborations were reported to the roundtable. Whilst many examples exist, one size or form of collaboration does not fit all. The roundtable identified some of the roadblocks to collaboration especially the limited flow of information about opportunities, the absence of identifiable contact points within universities, and the hurdles created by institutional hierarchies. It was agreed that institutions should encourage joint ventures whilst also safeguarding individuality and flexibility for diversity to deliver successful solutions. These findings will be reported to the SA universities and future meetings will explore the practical issues in greater detail.

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  Our Deputy Head of School, Assoc. Prof Duygu Yengin  had a media article published in The Conversation regarding the issues about the image of economics, and how it affects the number and diversity of students studying economics. You can read the article here: Secret men’s Business- why the public image of economics is bad […]

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Family and friends together with the graduating students and school staff enjoyed a ‘Bubbles and Brunch” event to celebrate our 2017 Graduating students.    We wish all our students the best for their future careers and once again, a big congratulations to you all!  The School would also like to congratulate those students who could not […]

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2018 Joseph Fisher lecture “Choices in Public Policy” with guest speaker Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The School of Economics was very pleased to host Professor Paul Johnson for the 2018 Joseph Fisher Lecture. Professor Johnson talked to a full house as he explored why public policy making is much more […]

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The School of Economics hosted a team from Deloitte Access Economics’ which held an information session on Wednesday 28 March for our economics students. Over the last few years, Deloitte Access Economics has hired a number of University of Adelaide graduates into their Adelaide team and also in their teams in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. […]

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Kym Anderson began work at the University’s School of Economics in 1972 as a part-time tutor. After doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford and a Research Fellowship at ANU, he returned as a lecturer in late 1983. In 2018, he leaves his formal association with the University and will continue to maintain […]

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The School was honored to welcome back Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Harcourt AO to the University of Adelaide to deliver his lecture “A Package Deal of Policy Built on Adelaide and Cambridge Foundations”.  Following the lecture he was joined by Dr John Hatch for a lively and entertaining conversation and question and answer session. Geoff is […]

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Media Release on Federal Relations & Tax Reform Workshop  GST reform, alcohol taxation, and state property taxes are among the many issues going under the microscope at a senior-level Federal Relations and Tax Reform Workshop being held by the University of Adelaide next week (28-29 August). The event will hear from Australian and overseas tax […]

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