Melbourne Institute Public Economic Forums in Canberra

Past Forums 2016

Uncertainty: Macroeconomic Effects and Policy Implications

Date: Thursday 8 December 2016

Time: 12.00 - 1.45pm (registration from 11.30am)

Venue: Federation Ballroom South, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Speakers

Dr Timo Henckel, Fellow, Research School of Economics, College of Business and Economics and Research Associate, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Associate Professor Mariano Kulish, Deputy Director of Centre for Applied Economic Research, The University of New South Wales

Professor Efrem Castelnuovo, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

About the Topic

Uncertainty is often seen as a major drag on an economic system. But what is uncertainty, really? Where does it originate? Why does it matter? What are the channels via which it affects a country's business cycle? Is it related to policy decisions? What are the costs of uncertainty for the Australian economy? What can policy do in order to dampen the negative effects of uncertainty? The panellists will address these questions by referring to recent findings in the state-of-the-art literature.  

 

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Employment Programs

Date: Tuesday 6 September 2016

Time: 12.00 - 1.45pm (registration from 11.30am)

Venue: National Ballroom 2, Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton

About the Topic

A persistent issue for the design of employment programs in Australia and globally has been meeting the needs of jobseekers with high levels of labour market disadvantage. In this Forum we will explore how employment programs can be made fit for purpose for these jobseekers, but also for discouraged jobseekers and disengaged groups who have left the labour force or are only marginally attached to the labour force.

Questions addressed will include:

  • Who are these disadvantaged jobseekers?
  • What do they need?
  • What is the best way to provide this?
  • What is the role of the employers?

Speakers

Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Employment, Department of Employment

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Professor Jeff Borland, Truby Williams Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne

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Mr Peter Davidson, Senior Adviser, Australian Council of Social Service

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Professor Shelley Mallett, Professorial Fellow, Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne and General Manager Research and Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence

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Chair: Dr Steven Kennedy, Deputy Secretary, Innovation and Transformation, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Family Functioning and Children's Educational Outcomes

Date: Thursday 23 June 2016

Time: 12.00 - 1.45pm

Venue: The Canberra Room, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

 

Speakers:

Associate Professor Chris Ryan, Director, Economics of Education and Child Development, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

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Ms Kirsten Hancock, Life Course Centre Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

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Professor David Ribar, Professorial Research Fellow and Acting Director, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

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Chair: Mr Sean Innis, Group Manager, Policy Office, Department of Social Services

About the Topic

Disadvantage in families often leads to disadvantage in children’s developmental and educational outcomes. This Forum will examine how family dynamics, family functioning and other family processes contribute to children’s development. It will also explore how public policy can help families and children.

Questions addressed will include:
  • How do parental dissolution and conflict affect children’s development?
  • How do families manage challenging circumstances?
  • Are lessons from other countries applicable to Australia?
  • Can policies and social supports improve outcomes for children?

 

 

Data, Access and Public Policy

Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016

Time: 12.00 - 1.45pm

Venue: The Canberra Room, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Speakers:

Ms Helen Owens, Principal Adviser, Public Data Branch, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Professor Paul Jensen, Acting Director, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

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Dr Tim Moore, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne

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Chair: Mr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Economic and Analytical Services Divison, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

About the Topic

Access to high-quality data is key to the development of rigorous, evidence-based public policy. This forum will explore a range of frontier issues with regard to data and its potential to improve public policy development.

Questions addressed will include:

  • What public policy questions could be addressed with better data access?
  • How is data linkage and access managed in other countries?
  • What are the success stories in Australia?
  • What is the potential for the use of 'big data'?

 

 

 

Enquiries:

Ms Penny Hope, Melbourne Institute
Ph: +61 3 8344 2151
Email: melb-conf@unimelb.edu.au

 

 

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