Thought Capital

Thought Capital, the Monash Business School podcast has launched. It features researchers from across the Business school in conversation about their work with renowned business journalist Michael Pascoe. You can listen to Thought Capital on iTunes and Stitcher.

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The first episode features Lata Gangadharan’s research on female leadership and Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner’s experience in academia as a top female leader, a piece on the topic was featured in the Higher Ed section of The Australian.

Other media appearances

  • Ross Booth was interviewed by Michael Genovese from 6PR Perth on fixturing/scheduling options for the AFL on the 14th of August.
  • Lata Gangadharan’s work on irrational biases was featured in Impact:
  • Ranjan Ray was featured in Telegraph India and The Wire.

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  • The next department meeting is on Friday, 12 October 2018 at Caulfield. Venue to be advised closer to meeting date.
  • There is a research retreat on Friday, 16 November 2018 at Caulfield, Building H, H801.


  • Philip Grossman presented at the following conferences:
    • Impact of Social Identity and Inequality on Antisocial Behaviour. International Political Science Association Conference, Brisbane, July 2018.
    • Good News, Bad News and Giving: Impact of Recipient Characteristics. Economic Science Association World Conference, Berlin, June/July 2018.
    • Good News, Bad News and Giving: Impact of Recipient Characteristics. WZB Workshop on Recent Advances in the Economics of Philanthropy, Berlin, June 2018.
    • Gender, Beliefs and Coordination with Externalities. University of Bath, Bath, June 2018.
    • Impact of Social Identity and Inequality on Antisocial Behaviour. Reading Experimental and Behavioural Economics Workshop, Reading, June 2018. Keynote.
  • Mitra Battacharya’s paper “The effect of renewable energy consumption on economic growth: Evidence from top 38 countries" received the best paper award.

Past events

  • This year’s John List lecture was held on Tuesday, 28 August 2018 at Caulfield. In this lecture he talked about “What we can learn from Uber? Three large-scale filed experiments on tipping, the gender pay gap and apologies”. The lecture was very popular with over 200 people attending. Read more on his research.
  • The Melbourne Trade Workshop was co-hosted with Melbourne University at Caulfield on Tuesday, August 21 2018. The workshop featured local trade economists and two keynote speakers: Andrei Levchenko, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and Pascalis Raimondos, Professor of Economics at Queensland University of Technology. In attendance were 26 researchers from Monash, Melbourne University, Deakin University, RMIT, Queensland University of Technology and University of New South Wales.
  • The Monash Macroeconomics workshop was held on the following day, on Wednesday, 22 August 2018, also at the Caulfield campus. It featured sessions on housing, fiscal policy, the labour market and uncertainty. Several researchers from Monash and Melbourne University presented papers and the key note speaker was again Andrei Levchenko from the University of Michigan. He presented a paper on “Price stickiness along the income distribution and the effects of monetary policy”.
  • Between 25-29 June 2018, The Symposium on Social and Economic networks welcomed almost one hundred guests to Monash Business School. The first two days consisted of a twelve hour Summer school on the introduction to Networks. The lectures were given by Matt O. Jackson from Stanford University, Sanjeev Goyal from Cambridge University and Yves Zenou. The second half of the week hosted the symposium where 20 presentations of researchers on all topics in the broader theme of networks in economics was presented. The symposium welcomed almost seventy guests. “I was very happy with the outcome and I hope everyone who attended enjoyed it. Thank you so much to the team at Monash Business School who helped me organise everything. They did a great job!”, says Yves Zenou.

A huge congratulations to Andreas Leibbrandt who has been awarded with an ARC Future Fellowship.

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of the Future Fellowships scheme is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

  • Dr. Khalid Ahmed from IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan visited between 10-23 July. His visit was sponsored by the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan. Host staff member was Mita Bhattacharya. Mita and Khalid have initiated a project on “Disaggregated transport sector and industrial production in Pakistan: Problems and prospects.”
  • Nicolas Carayol and Pascale Roux from the University of Bordeaux, France, have spent two months at Monash as visiting scholars. They were invited by Yves Zenou.
  • The department hosted a visit from Professor Catherine Eckel of Texas A&M University. She gave two presentations to the department:
  • A Brown Bag Lunch Seminar entitled “Asymmetric Information Undermines Coasian bargaining in Common (Oil) Pool Resources”.
  • A Department Seminar entitled: “Gender Differences: What have we learned from 25 years of experimental research”.
  • Visiting scholar Bruce Weinberg came to Monash for a week in July.
    • Why did you come to Monash this time and how long did you stay?
      I was at Monash for a week during a swing through Australia.
    • Who invited you?
      Christis Tombazos hosted me. Christis graduated from Ohio State, where I teach, around the time that I arrived at Ohio State.
    • What did you do?
      I spent a long week split between the Clayton and Caulfield campuses, seeing old friends and meeting exciting new people in Economics. I also presented a paper studying when in their careers researchers do their most important work.
    • What did you think of your stay?
      I had a wonderful stay, just like the last time I visited, and I look forward to coming back in the future!

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