Stefanie Fischer and Corey White

Dr Stefanie Fischer and Dr Corey White discussed abortions and the new restrictive abortion bans in Texas in The New York Times.

Wayne Geerling

A/Prof Wayne Geerling has done a series of interviews to promote his new working paper: “Using Squid Game to Teach Game Theory” (ABC, 3AW, Herald Sun; 7News TV: AusBiz).

The story has been picked up by dozens of media outlets worldwide and been translated into Bahasa-Indonesian, Italian and Vietnamese.

Claudio Labanca

Dr Claudio Labanca appeared on the Monash University podcast, What Happens Next? to speak about the effects of migration on the labour market opportunities of native workers.

Further, he discussed his research on the labour market effects of the migration induced by the Arab Spring uprisings on the academic Faculti platform.

Ranjan Ray

Professor Ranjan Ray was interviewed by Social Science Encyclopedia on aspects of his policy driven research on India.

Social Science Encyclopedia is well known internationally for publishing books in the area of Social Science. They have recently started a new web-based initiative featuring recorded interviews with internationally renowned researchers.

Professor Raj’s research on “Goods and Services tax: Estimating Optimal rates” with Dr Amita Majumder and Associate Professor Sattwik Santra was featured in Ideas for India.

Professor Raj was also interviewed on the research platform Faculti about his work on Covid-19.

Paul Raschky

Professor Paul Raschky was named Field Leader in Development Economics by The Australian Research Magazine.

Liang Choon Wang

The research of Associate Professor Liang Choon Wang and Professor Yves Zenou on "Gender inequality and caste: Field experiment evidence from India" was featured in Ideas for India.

Yves Zenou

Yves Zenou was also named Field Leader in Economics and Economic Policy by The Australian Research Magazine.

The 33rd PhD Conference in Economics and Business

The 33rd PhD Conference in Economics and Business, organised by Prof Pushkar Maitra, was held online in November. The conference included 160 registered participants, 30 presenters from 20 universities and discussants from 10 universities. Panel discussions were organised and moderated by Prof Ranjan Ray, Prof Stephen King and Monash Business School Head, Prof Simon Wilkie.


Monash Environmental Economics workshop MEEW21 was held on November 23-24th 2021.

The 2021 Monash Environmental Economics Workshop, organised by our Energy, Environment and Resource Economics Research Group and jointly hosted by the Department of Economics and CDES, was again a great success.

In its fifth iteration, MEEW took on a hybrid format featuring keynotes by A/Prof Lana Friesen (UQ) and Ms Susan Madden (Murray Darling Basin Authority and NSW Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources) as well as a jam-packed program across energy, environment and natural resource economics topics. With over 70 online and in-person participants the excitement to reconnect and discuss research with colleagues across Australia after the long lock-down was palpable.

Australasian development economics workshop

On 25-26 November,  the 16th annual Australasian Development Economics Workshop was held in a hybrid format, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The Symposium on Economic experiments in developing countries (SEEDEC) was co-hosted by FAIR at the Norwegian School of Economics and the Department of Economics at Monash Business School on 7 October, 2021.

The ninth annual SEEDEC symposium brought together a community of scholars who employ laboratory experimental methods for research in low and middle-income countries.

Monash Lecture series in Behavioural economics

The department of Economics initiated the Monash Lecture Series in Behavioural Economics which aims to invite leading scholars to give online lectures on some frontier topics in the field of behavioural and experimental economics.

In 2021, we successfully delivered three lectures by John List on “Voltage Effect”, Colin Camerer on “Individual Behaviour and Game Theory” and Juan Carrillo on “Neuroeconomic Theory”. The recorded lectures are available on Youtube.

In 2022, we will have Prof Roland Benabou from Princeton University to kick off the lecture series on 15 March, 9-11am.

Prof Sascha Becker has joined the Editorial Board of the /Journal of Economic
History (JEH).

Prof  Becker also gave a keynote lecture at the 5th annual conference of the
Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) held at Peking University on 9-11 December, 2021.

He also presented his paper “Scholars at Risk: Academic networks and High-skilled emigration from Nazi Germany at Osaka University in Japan (online) on 6 December, 2021.

At the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Prof Becker gave a talk (online) on “Shallow Christianity and the rise of Hitler” on 1 October, 2021.

On 21September 2021 he presented a research paper at the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm.

Finally, on 9January, Prof Becker spent from 2am- 4am Melbourne time presenting a paper and discussing another paper at the (online) Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) meetings.

Prof Yves Zenou presented a paper at the Asian-Pacific Industrial Organization Society (APIOS) Conference (online), National University of Singapore, 13-14 December, 2021

He also held the Theory Seminar (online) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on 24 September, 2022.

Dr Claudio Labanca is co-organizing the inaugural workshop in Empirical Public Economics with Australian National University (ANU). This event, which will be hosted by the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute in Canberra on March 18 and 19, will bring together scholars and policy makers to discuss current issues and research in public economics.

This workshop is the first one of this type to be organized in Australia. It will set the seeds for a new community of researchers in public economics, and it will provide a great opportunity for our colleagues to showcase their research to policy makers, thus increasing its impact.

The keynote speaker is Professor Claus Thustrup Kreiner, of the Center for Economic Behaviour and Inequality, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen. Professor Thustrup Kreiner is co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics and an expert on the use of large administrative datasets for research and policy insight.

Sascha Becker delivered the 2021 Noel Butlin Public Lecture at the Asia-Pacific Business and Economic History Conference at the University of Western Australia in February. The title of Sascha's lecture was 'Forced Displacement in History'. The conference and public lecture are annual events hosted by the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand. Lionel Frost is current President of the Society.

Professor Sascha Becker gave the Noel Butlin Lecture at the Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference 2021, (virtually) in Perth, on 11 Feb 2021.

Senior Lecturer Michelle Rendall gave a talk at The Oxford University Business Economics Programme on technology innovation, inequalities and gender (https://oubep.econ.ox.ac.uk/oubep_seminars/technology-innovation-inequalities-and-gender/)

Professor Yves Zenou gave the keynote speech at the Economic Society of Uruguay (SEU) annual meeting on December 23, 2020.

He also gave a seminar talk at the Cambridge-INET Networks Webinar Series on November 27, 2020 and a seminar talk at the New Zealand Economics eSeminar Series on November 13, 2020.

Finally, Professor Zenou participated in the Monthly Applied Economics Webinar, HKUST, NUS, Taiwan National, and University of Tokyo on February 25 2021.

Professor Sascha Becker wrote a piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung entitled “How religion shaped Economic history” with colleagues Jared Rubin and and Ludger Wössmann.

He and Marco Lecci have also started a new Economics podcast called GrowthChat where they cover topics in Economic growth and Economic History.

They interview Economists and other social scientists about their recent research papers and publications. The aim of the podcast is to share the invaluable work that researchers do, making it accessible to the general public and students, independently of their background and preparation.

So far seven interviews have been recorded and are available on Spotify, YouTube and Itunes. New episodes will be released every ten days.

Thought Capital

A new season of the Monash Business School podcast Thought Capital, 'Connecting the dots of COVID-19', is out now.

Participants in this season include Monash Business School Head Professor Simon Wilkie, former Dean Professor Stephen King, Adjunct Professor Tony Venables, Associate Professor Giovanni Caggiano, Associate Professor Gaurav Datt and Associate professor He-Ling Shi and a number of other colleagues from across the Business School.

You can find Thought Capital on Spotify, Itunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

  • In a recent paper called 'Geographic diversity in economic publishing' by Associate Professor Simon Angus, Associate Professor Kadir Atalay from University of Sydney, Associate Professor Jonathan Newton from Kyoto University and Senior Lecturer David Ubilava from University of Sydney, it is shown that Monash University has the highest concentration of editorial power in the 'rest of the world' meaning outside North America and Europe.

    The authors say: "The most powerful institution in the world outside of North America and Europe, Monash University, is only as powerful as the 32nd most powerful institution in North America, but would rank 8th if it were located in Europe."
  • On that note, we are happy to announce that Professor Sascha Becker has been appointed Associate Editor at the Journal of the European Association, from 1 Jan 2021.

    He was also elected to the Executive Board of the Asian & Australasian Society of Labour Economics.

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