July

  • Technology adaptation in Bangladesh
    Asad Islam, Philip Ushchev, Yves Zenou and Xin Zhang wrote an article for Vox Column on how information matters for adopting a new technology in Bangladesh.
  • Tales of the City
    Professor Tony Venables, who visited the Department in May, was featured in a Monash Impact Exchange video where he discussed his career and research with Deputy Dean Richard Hall.

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.

Past events

  • 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).
  • 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.

Andrew Bernard

Professor Andrew Bernard is visiting for two weeks from Monday 29 July. He featured as a keynote speaker in the Melbourne Trade Workshop on 5 August, met PhD students on 6 Aug and provided a prominent visitor talk on 7 August.

Professor Bernard is an expert in international trade and investment and specialises in firm responses to globalisation. He has been named by Thompson Reuters as one of the ‘Most Highly Cited Researchers’ every year since 2014 and is among the 100 most cited economists.

He received a National Science Foundation grant to study firm responses to international trade. In addition to being published in top academic journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Economic Studies, his research has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NPR's Morning Edition, Marketplace Morning Report, the BBC, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Economist, Nikkei, Fortune, and Business Week.


Vincent Boucher

Associate Professor Vincent Boucher from Laval University in Quebec, Canada is currently visiting the Department at the Caulfield campus, invited by Yves Zenou. He will be with us until December. Vincent’s research focuses on social interactions and social networks. He is particularly interested in our ability to measure the impact of social interactions using networked data.


Mario Samano

Associate Professor Mario Samano from the Applied Economics Department at HEC Montreal, Canada, will be visiting from  6 September until December. He is invited by Gordon Leslie and will be based at Caulfield. His research focuses on empirical industrial organisation and applied econometrics and he is especially interested in energy topics. One of his most important papers was on Intermittency and the value of renewable energy and was published in the Journal of Political Economy in 2016.


Ngo Van Long

Ngo Van Long (McGill University) visited the Department from 18 July to 9 August. Long is currently Professor and James McGill Professor at McGill University. His main research interests are in economic dynamics and dynamic games, applied microeconomic theory, international trade theory, and resource and environmental economics. He gave a short course on dynamic games and applications on 1 August.


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