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Gruen Lecture Quiggin October 2016

Professor John Quiggin recently a delivered a public lecture on economic policy reform which was well attended and well received.  Due to the interest in this topic, we are providing a podcast of the lecture, and the lecture slides however there is a disclaimer about the recording.

The audio recorded here has been edited to try and improve the sound quality.  Unfortunately, due to a hailstorm at the start of the lecture, some of Prof. Quiggin’s tribute to the late Fred Gruen has been cut out, as it was inaudible beneath the noise of the storm.

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Since the 1980s, economic policy in Australia has been dominated by a policy agenda referred to by its proponents as “microeconomic reform” or simply “reform”, based on the ideas of free trade, privatisation and reductions in the scale and scope of government activity. This agenda has exhausted its political support and run out of ideas. It offers no answers to the policy challenges of the 21st century, including growing inequality, financial fragility and the demands of the information economy. This lecture will address the question: What comes next?

John Quiggin is an Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as a research economist and as a commentator on Australian economic policy. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and many other learned societies and institutions. He has produced over 1500 publications, including six books and over 200 refereed journal articles, in fields including decision theory, environmental economics, production economics, and the theory of economic growth. He has also written on policy topics including climate change, micro-economic reform, privatisation, employment policy and the management of the Murray-Darling river system. His latest book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us, was released in 2010 by Princeton University Press, and has been translated into eight languages.

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5.30pm Tuesday, 4 Oct 2016

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7pm Tuesday, 4 Oct 2016


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Professor John Quiggin

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