Events and other highlights

Melbourne Trade Workshop

The 3rd Melbourne Trade Workshop was held on 5 August. Co-hosted by the Departments of Economics at the University of Melbourne and the Monash Business School, the workshop brought together researchers working on issues in international economics and established closer contacts between Melbourne-based trade economists and their international counterparts. This year's keynote speakers were Andrew Bernard (Tuck Business School at Dartmouth) and Mine Senses (John Hopkins).

The 14th Annual Australia New Zealand Workshop in Experimental Economics

To be held on 25-26 November at Monash, Clayton Campus, this workshop will give researchers interested in experimental and behavioural economics an opportunity to present their latest research, receive constructive feedback in an informal environment and network with other researchers. Keynote speakers are Professor Marie Claire Villeval from CNRS-GATE, University of Lyon and Professor Bertil Tungodden from NHH Norwegian School of Economics.


Monash Business School is currently ranked at number 24 out of 100 in the most recent Tilburg University ranking of economic schools globally. Monash is also ranked number 1 in Australia and New Zealand. The ranking is based on publications in a list of 79 leading journals in Economics, Econometrics and Finance for the last five-year time period.

Other highlights

  • Sascha O. Becker gave three lectures at the 7th Summer School for Quantitative History, as well as a keynote lecture at the 7th Summer Symposium in Quantitative History, both held in Yantai, China in July, organised by the University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University and the School of History, Renmin University of China.

    In June, Sascha O. Becker and Jared Rubin co-organised a CEPR conference on ‘Economics of Religion’ in Venice, Italy, featuring 22 presentations and three keynote lectures by Maristella Botticini (Bocconi), Robert Barro and Rachel McCleary (Harvard) and Timur Kuran (Duke). One of the papers, presented by co-author Roland Hodler, included our own Paul Raschky. View photos of the event here.
  • Wayne Geerling gave an introductory lecture on economics for Monash College students on 25 July. The lecture was filmed and is intended to be used as promotional material to attract international students from China.
  • Lionel Frost, along with his ARC Discovery Project team (Andrea Gaynor, Ruth Morgan, Martin Shanahan, Jenny Gregory, Margaret Cook, and Peter Spearritt), is the author of a new virtual exhibition at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Drought, Mud, Filth, and Flood: Water Crises in Australian Cities, 1880s-2010s considers the historical relationship of various kinds of water crises (from shortage to flood, pollution to drainage) to the urban water systems of Australia's five mainland state capitals from the late nineteenth century to the present.
  • Asad Islam was awarded a grant for his project ‘Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure’, with Marcel Fafchamps and Deb Pakrashi, International Growth centre.
  • Ranjan Ray has been invited as a guest speaker to the one-day symposium ‘Measurement and Micro Econometrics’, organised by the Economic Policy Analysis Program at Griffith Business School, to be held in Brisbane on 27 August 2019.
  • In response to an invitation from the editors of the East Asia Forum (EAF) based out of the Crawford School of the ANU, Gaurav Datt and Ranjan Ray have written a jointly authored piece entitled ‘India’s Inequality Challenge’ that has appeared in the EAF. The East Asia Forum is a policy focussed platform for issues related to public policy and is a joint initiative of two academic research networks: the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) and the South Asian Bureau of Economic Research (SABER).
  • Yves Zenou gave a keynote lecture for the 'Second Workshop in Urban and Regional Economics' at Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, 10-12 July 2019. He also gave a 20-hour course on the economics of networks at the Universidad Javeriana.