Women in economics: Past, Present and Future


From: Friday March 6, 2020, 12:30 pm

To: Friday March 6, 2020, 1:30 pm

The Victorian Economic Society of Australiaand Women in Economics Network are delighted to invite you to our International women’s day event:

Women in economics: Past, Present and Future

Our incredible line up of speakers will each focus on one era:

  • Past: Historian,Yves Rees will discuss some of their work on early female economists in Australia.
  • Present:Professor Abigail Payne will share observations from her own career, including time as President of the Canadian Women Economists Network and research on gender and STEM.
  • Future: CEO-in-waiting of the Grattan Institute, Danielle Wood,will present data on women in the economics profession in Australia and some of the initiatives of the Economic Society and Women in Economics Network to improve the future.

Mary Cavar, Executive Manager of the Melbourne office at the Productivity Commission and President of the Victorian Economics Society will chair the panel.

Attendance is free. 

About the speakers

Yves is a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University. They are a historian of Australia in the world, with particular interests in gender, modernity, mobility and whiteness. Among other projects, Yves is researching the history of the Australian economic profession and economic thought.

Yves is the recipient of the Serle Award for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Australian History, the Ken Inglis Prize, an Endeavour Research Fellowship, the ANU Gender Institute Research Excellence Award, and was shortlisted for the 2019 CHASS Future Leader Award.

Yves holds a PhD from the Australian National University and an MA from University College London, and has been a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University.


Professor Payne is the Director of the leading Australian institute on applied economic and social research.

Professor Payne’s work focuses on empirical public economics issues with a focus on how government policy affects spending and performance. Her current research includes projects to understand the motivations of donors, the role of government funding and fundraising on giving, and on the delivery of public services by charities. Professor Payne’s current research in education includes understanding the decision to attend post-secondary education, understanding gender gaps in educational performance, and gender differences in attending post-secondary education and in pursuing degrees in science, technology, and engineering (STEM).

Her PhD is from Princeton and her law degree is from Cornell.

Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience as an economist working in government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector.

Danielle is the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute where her research and advocacy efforts focus on economic policy, including tax and budgets and government integrity.

Danielle has a Masters of Commerce (Economics) and a Masters in Competition Law from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. Danielle is also the national President of the Economic Society of Australia.


Mary Cavar is the Executive Manager of the Melbourne office at the Productivity Commission, where she is responsible for planning and coordinating the Commission’s inquiry and research work, supporting the development of staff, and advising on analytical matters.

Prior to joining the Productivity Commission, Mary worked for the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in the areas of macroeconomic forecasting, tax policy and intergovernmental relations. She has also worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mary has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the Australia New Zealand School of Government.






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