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Australia Day Honours 2024

Congratulations to Deborah Ann Cobb-Clark AO for her recognition in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list for distinguished service to economic research, to tertiary education, and to the social sciences. Deborah has been appointed as an Officer of the Order (AO).

Click here to read the full citation.

Reintroduction of the Carbon Price

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Worried economists call for a carbon price, a tax on coal exports, and ‘green tariffs’ to get Australia on the path to net zero


STEM professionals in schools

The ESA Central Council and the heads of Economics departments at various Australian universities have had a number of discussions about declining enrolments in Economics and the lack of diversity in enrolments. There are low enrolments of women, but there are also low enrolments of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is largely due to the decline in the number of high schools that offer Economics as a subject. High schools in disadvantaged areas are particularly unlikely to offer Economics.


We can and should keep unemployment below 4%, says our survey of top economists

Poll 60

Australia’s leading economists believe Australia can sustain an unemployment rate as low as 3.75% – much lower than the latest Reserve Bank estimate of 4.25% and the Treasury’s latest estimate of 4.5%.


Budget 2023

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Our panellists were asked the following 2023 budget question: "On May 9, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to strike a balance between relief, repair and restraint'.  What grade would you give the budget, given that objective: A, B, C, D, E or F?"

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ACE 2023

The Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) 2023 was held from the 9 - 12 July 2023 in Brisbane, Queensland. 

The aim was to organise a conference with interest to all economists, both academic and professional. Only by a balanced approach of practice and theory can we solve the problems our society faces. 

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ABARES OUTLOOK 2024: Shaping the future

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 5, 2024, 8:30 am

ABARES Outlook 2024 Conference:

Shaping the Future:Opportunities, risks and resilience

ABARES Outlook 2024 Conference is where economists can come together with ideas and evidence to progress issues that affect the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector.

The theme is Shaping the Future: Opportunities, risks, and resilience.

This reflects our commitment to explore the critical issues that will define the future of Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

The challenges we face today, such as climate change, evolving consumer preferences, technological advancements, and global trade dynamics, require us to adapt and innovate continuously.

The conference is the perfect arena to discuss how we can navigate these challenges and seize the opportunities they present.

Dr Jared Greenville,

ABARES Executive Director

The Outlook program

ABARES Outlook 2024 will bring together 60 Australian and international speakers and panellists from industry and government in Canberra and online across 12 sessions.

Delegates will dive into the diverse issues shaping the future of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.

To Register go here

For further questions about ABARES Outlook 2024 please email

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ANU Book Launch - The Shortest History of Economics

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Wednesday Mar 6, 2024, 6:00 pm

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Finding The Money - Film launch

Event Type: Partner Event

Date: Tuesday Mar 12, 2024, 6:30 pm

ESA ACT encourages members to attend Finding The Money, a new documentary touring Australia in March, with Stephanie Kelton, best selling author of The Deficit Myth.

The event includes a film screening plus live Q&A with Stephanie Kelton, film director Maren Poitras with Peter Martin AM and Professor Steve Robson (President of the Australian Medical Association) as the special guests.

Dendy Cinema Canberra

Tuesday 12th March

6.30 -9.30 pm

Tickets $25 General Admission / $18 Concession + Humanitix booking fee.

Book for this event here

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Bjorn Lomborg - Best Things First

Event Type: ESA Event

Date: Thursday Mar 14, 2024, 5:45 pm

Come along for a lively presentation and controversial debate with

Dr BJORN LOMBORG, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

He will talk about his new book, Best Things First, which the Economist named one of the best books of 2023.

The Economics Society is aware that some of Dr. Lomborg’s views on global issues have at times been controversial.  We are committed to encouraging informed public debate of economic questions – including ones where there are divergent opinions.  We would welcome members who may have different views to query and debate the ideas raised by Dr. Lomborg in his talk.
Light Refreshments will be served.

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Welcome to the ACT Economic Society of Australia.

ESA ACT is one of the larger branches of the Economic Society, boasting a membership of 300+ members across a variety of sectors including the public service, academe, private and NGOs. Anyone interested in contemporary economic issues and debates is invited to join the ACT Economic Society of Australia. No special qualifications are required for membership, simply an interest in economic issues! Student members are eligible for discounted membership rates.  


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