The Adelaide Economic Policy Forum and its affiliated economic and policy units within the University of Adelaide – including the School of Economics, the Centre for Global Food & Resources, the Institute for International Trade and the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies – host events on key policy issues, every year. Announcements about upcoming events will appear here. To receive notifications of upcoming events, please subscribe here.

Upcoming events

September 29, 2016: Professor David Vines will give the 2016 Harcourt Lecture. The annual Harcourt Lecture, hosted by the School of Economics, is held in honour of the legendary Geoff Harcourt AO, now Professor Emeritus with the School. David Vines is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford. His Harcourt Lecture will be on “Individuals, Institutions and Ideals: Australia’s Macroeconomic Policy-making System from Federation to 2020”. Porfessor Vines will argue that the remarkably smooth transition macroeconomic re-balancing of the Australian economy following the ending of the global boom in primary commodity prices has been made possible by the strong set of macroeconomic policy-making institutions which have been developed in Australia in three key eras over the course of more than a century. His lecture will have three parts.To register for this important Harcourt Lecture, please click here.

August 17, 2016: The University of Adelaide’s Law School will host a free public lecture on “The economic assessment of international commercial law reform” to be presented by Jenifer Varzaly. Jenifer Varzaly is the current Cambridge International & Evan Lewis Thomas scholar, the Oxford International Commercial Law Reform project lead research associate, and a project manager of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project. For more information on this event, please click here.

Recent events (2016)

July 21, 2016: The Institute for International Trade and the School of Economics hosted a public lecture at the University of Adelaide by leading economist Professor Iwan Azis on the topic of “Trade agreements in a second-best world”. The lecture examined the challenges and issues that nations face in negotiating trade agreements in a less-than-perfect world. Iwan holds appointments at Cornell University (in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management) and the University of Indonesia. A copy of his presentation materials is available here.

June 28, 2016: The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies held its June 2016 Economic Briefing Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Adelaide, 16 Hindmarsh Square. Briefing materials presented by the Centre’s Deputy Director Steve Whetton are available. The guest speaker at the Luncheon was Garry Bowditch, Executive Director of the University of Sydney’s Better Infrastructure Initiative. Garry spoke on “Fixing Australia’s infrastructure problem”; his article on this topic is available here.

May 27, 2016: Darryl Gobbett  gave the keynote address to the Family Business Australia State Conference. The title of his address was “The economy and financial outlook: what it means for family business”.

May 18, 2016: Darryl Gobbett gave a presentation titled “How are things looking for South Australia and what can be done?” at the 2016 South Australian Infrastructure Conference in Adelaide. His presentation is available here.

May 17, 2016:  Professor Paul Kerin  Paul Kerin gave the invited address to the Commonwealth Club on the subject of “Can tax reform make us ubetter off?” in the Cathederal Room at Adelaide Oval. His speaking notes are available here.

May 8, 2016: Professor Randy Stringer gave  a public lecture entitled “Economic Policies for High Value Landscapes: Promoting UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Mount Lofty Ranges”. More information on Professor Stringer’s lecture is available here.

March 23, 2016: Professor Jim Markusen, Professor of International Economics at the University of Colorado and a world-leading trade economist, gave the third lecture in our Globalisation Public Lecture Series, His topic was “The skilled-labor wage premium: evidence, causes, and controversies”. An overview of Professor Markusen’s lecture is available here.

March 17, 2016: Professor John List, Chair of the Economics Department at the famed University of Chicago, gave the 2016 Joseph Fisher Lecture. The Joseph Fisher Lecture is a public policy-oriented lecture giving by a leading economist each year. Professor List’s topic was “Using Field Experiments to Make the World a Better Place”. Professor List’s lecture demonstrated the real-world impact that economic analysis can have by guiding policy on issues such as education and violence, in particular by creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth that can have enormous positive impacts on their lives and economic welfare. You can watch Professor List’s lecture here. Information on previous Jodeph Fisher Lectures is available here.

March 17, 2016: Professor Gabriel Felbermayr, Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics in Munich and a world-leading trade economist, gave the second lecture in our Globalisation Public Lecture Series, His topic was “The age of mega-regional trade deals: What’s in it for outsiders?“. An overview of Professor Felbermayr’s lecture is available here.

March 10, 2016: Professor Frank Stahler, Professor of Economics at the University of Tübingen, Professorial Research Fellow with the University of Adelaide’s Centre for International Studies and a world-leading trade economist, gave the first lecture in our Globalisation Public Lecture Series, His topic was “Attracting foreign direct investment: curse or blessing?” An overview of Professor Stahler’s lecture is here.

March 10, 2016: Professor Ross Garnaut, a very eminent Australian economist, gave a presentation entitled “South Australia and the Australian recovery from Dog Days” to a large audience at a luncheon hosted by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide.