The conference brought together researchers who conduct randomised controlled trials in both developing and developed countries.
The keynote addresses was delivered by Professor Dean Karlan (Northwestern University), Professor Catherine Wolfram (University of California, Berkeley) and Professor Christopher Woodruff (University of Oxford).
Guest speaker Dr. Malhar Nabar, Deputy Division Chief of the World Economic Studies Division in the IMF's research department discussed the IMF’s latest views on the global outlook, risks and policy priorities. He has been with the IMF since 2009.
The World Economic Outlook reports are surveys conducted by IMF staff, published twice a year, presenting IMF economists' analyses of global economic developments during the near and medium-term.
This seminar gave an overview and some analysis of the issues impacting the world economy; issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and emerging market economies.
Dr. Malhar Nabar, Deputy Division Chief of the World Economic Studies Division in the IMF's Research Department. Prior to his current role, Dr Malhar worked in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department, where he covered China and Japan and was mission chief for Hong Kong, SAR.
The aim of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for early career researchers and advanced doctoral students in South Asian studies to share and discuss their latest research in the area of business and economics. We particularly encouraged papers on the following topics: development, financial sector, firm/enterprise, energy, agriculture and food security, education, labour, health, management, social enterprises and sustainability.
This workshop focused on economic issues facing cities in both the developed and developing worlds. The workshop brought together academics, economists, planners, modellers and geographers from the public and private sectors to explore the multifaceted theoretical and practical challenges of dealing with the emergence and growth of cities in a globalising world. The keynote speaker of the event was Professor Tony Venables from Oxford University.
The CDES, together with the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) and the Centre for Global Business' South Asia Research Network (SARN), co-hosted the Conference on ‘Economic Development in South Asia’ in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. The Conference, which was the second collaborative forum held by the CDES in South Asia, examined the development impact of innovative policy initiatives for prompting development in the region using latest research methods for instance randomised field experiments, spatial distribution of consumption, and multidimensional poverty correlates and other micro econometric analysis. This brought together academics, practitioners, heads of research institutions and government representatives from countries in the South Asian region such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan to discuss the most pressing challenges facing the region, including in the areas of poverty and inequality, entrepreneurship, agriculture, environment sustainability, labour and migration, education, macroeconomic growth, and financial markets. It also provided a valuable opportunity for Monash researchers to present a sample of the work they have been undertaking in these areas. Find out more.
The CDES and the Department of Economics organized the Fourth Monash Environmental Economics Workshop. This year’s workshop included over twenty presentation from researchers based in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the UK and the US. CDES sponsored two presenters: Nguyen Tuan Kiet, Deputy Head of the Economics Department (Can Tho University, Vietnam) and Fitry Pakiding (Research and Community Service Institute of University of Papua, Indonesia). Topics ranged from the human and ecological impacts of marine protected areas, climate change and the diffusion of diseases, the effectiveness of CITES and the energy requirements of the Industrial Revolution.
The Workshop on Indigenous Wellbeing held at Monash Caulfield Campus brought together a group of researchers and practitioners from the fields of economics, health and law with expertise in indigenous issues. The Workshop was motivated by the belief that interdisciplinary research and interaction has the power to offer novel and thoughtful perspectives in a highly challenging but enormously important policy area. Speakers from diverse backgrounds made a series of highly engaging presentations offering a rich variety of perspectives on indigenous wellbeing. The post- event feedback from the participants was extremely positive, and there was a call for CDES to continue such engagement on indigenous issues in future.
Presenters included Ian Trust (Executive Director, Wunan Foundation), Prof Leonie Segal (University of South Australia), Associate Prof Stefanie Schurer (University of Sydney), Dr Ankita Mishra (RMIT) and Dr Stephen Gray (Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University)
Monash University hosted a two-day workshop at the coastal town of Lorne (Great Ocean Road, Victoria) on Policy and Institutional Reforms to Improve Horticulture Markets in Pakistan, sponsored by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The workshop followed several days of intensive meetings at Monash University. In addition to Professors Jeffrey LaFrance and Sisira Jayasuriya (research leads from Monash University), participants included researchers from several universities and government agricultural research institutes in Pakistan and Peking University in China. The research team reviewed progress, and made plans for the successful completion of the project in 2019.
Included 14 paper presentations organized around seven thematic sessions and a Forum on Universal Basic Income. The Workshop was universally regarded a high-quality event – one of the best CDES has organized in terms of research content. With the participation of several highly prominent international speakers and discussants – including seven high-profile members of the CDES Advisory Board – the Workshop was a significant milestone for raising the international profile of CDES and the Monash Business School as an active player in sustainable development research.
Presenters included: Mary Amiti (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Michael Carter (University of California, Davis), Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University), Jikun Huang (Peking University), Rohini Somanathan (Delhi School of Economics), Xin Meng (Australian National University), Hal Hill (Australian National University), Roland Hodler (University of St. Gallen), Dominique van de Walle (World Bank), and others from Monash University