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Top economists want JobSeeker boosted by $100+ per week and tied to wages

Poll 44

"Ahead of a decision about any permanent increase expected early next year, The Conversation and the Economic Society of Australia asked 45 of Australia’s leading economists where they thought JobSeeker should settle."

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The Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) 2021 was held from 12 to 14 July 2021 as a fully virtual event.

ACE 2021 celebrated over 100 years of welfare economics and brought together like-minded individuals to explore concepts of allocation, utilisation and distribution of our resources as they relate to the wealth and wellbeing of individuals and our society.

Where permission has been granted, we have uploaded presenations. 


Budget strategy: how low should the budget attempt to push unemployment?

Poll 45

The budget strategy should commit the government to use fiscal policy to quickly drive down the unemployment rate until it is comfortably.....


The Federal Budget May 2021

Poll 46

"On May 11, the government delivered a budget designed, in the Treasurer's words, to 'secure Australia's economic recovery and build for the future'.  What grade would you give the budget given that objective, A, B, C, D, E, F?"

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Transition to electric cars

Poll 47

This month, our panellists were asked whether Australia should take action to speed the transition to electric cars.

"As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Australian governments should take action to accelerate the take up, or take no action to accelerate the take up of electric cars"

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Responses (62)


Policies to deliver higher wage growth

Poll 48

Our panellists were asked

"Higher wages growth is now a top priority of the RBA in its efforts to sustain stronger economic growth. Please identify the three of these government policies you think would best help deliver higher wages growth".  

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Responses (56)


Promoting vaccination uptake in Australia

Poll 49

"What measures should Australian governments adopt to promote demand for vaccination once supply is no longer a constraint?"

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Responses (60)


Economics Nobel 2021

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2021 has just been awarded to David Card “for his empirical contributions to labour economics”, and Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships”.


5th annual Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2022)

We are delighted to invite you to the 5th annual Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2022), hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) and the Women in Economics Network (WEN).


Australia’s top economists back carbon price, say benefits of net-zero outweigh cost

Poll 50

Ahead of November’s Glasgow climate talks, our panellists were asked

"Australia would likely benefit overall from the national economy transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2050"

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Responses (58)


Top Economists see no prolonged high inflation, no rate hike next year (Q1)

Poll 51

Our panellists were asked whether rate hikes would be necessitated in the United States, Britain and Australia.

Despite appearances – especially in the United States – the era of high inflation isn’t set for a comeback in the view of Australia’s leading economists, and most see no need for the Reserve Bank to lift interest rates next year.

Question 1

"The current combination of Australian fiscal and monetary policy poses a serious risk of prolonged above-target inflation."

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Responses (55)


Presentation to Chief Executive Women (VIC) Annual Dinner

Danielle Wood (Chair of WEN and Program Director, Grattan Institute) was the guest speaker at the Chief Executive Women (Victoria) Annual Dinner on 18 October 2018.


Women the missing piece in economics, Duygu YenginThe Advertiser

ECONOMIC policies impact the whole society. So does the composition of economists.

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, it is a good time to ask whether we have enough women economists and why should the society care about the lack of women in economics?


Does Confidence really advance women's careers, a conversation with Leonora Risse

About 50 years ago the landmark equal pay case in Australia introduced principles for equal pay for men and women. Despite our efforts, women still earn substantially less than men. Recent statistics published by Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicate that the national wage gap was 14.6% in August 2018 (source:

In this podcast, Dr Leonora Risse discusses her research into a common piece of advice for women – to be more confident in the workplace. Dr Risse explains how she estimated the relationship between confidence and pay and promotions, separately for men and women, using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data. We discuss her unexpected findings, as well as the implications of her research for Australians and organisations working towards reducing the gender pay gap.


Esther Duflo becomes the second woman in history – after Elinor Ostrom – to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics

This year's Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to Esther Duflo, along with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer, for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. 


South Australian WEN commemorates 125 Years of women's suffrage and economic empowermen

The South Australian branch of WEN was honoured to be joined by Annabel Crabb, Professor Clare Wright and Senator Penny Wong, in conversation with Tory Shepherd, to commemorate 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

The event celebrated our successes: In 1894, women in South Australia were the first women in the world to not only gain the right to vote, but also the right to stand for Parliament. However the event also acknowledged how far we still have to go in translating these rights into outcomes, and achieving women's equal representation within Parliament and in the decision-making processes that matter.

This conversation explored everything from the fear of “lady candidates” in 1894, to how women are treated in Parliament today.

This event was made possible courtesy of grant support provided by the SA Office for Women; the generosity of our sponsors, the University of South Australia, the Women in Economics Network, and the Economic Society of Australia; and the invaluable contributions of our speakers and the community.

Watch the recording here:


Helpful resources for managing the coronavirus pandemic

In addition to official health information, WEN has collated the following professional resources to help our community through the challenge of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This includes online resources to help our academics and teachers quickly switch to virtual classrooms and online teaching, resources to help workers convert to working-from-home, and weblinks to help with home schooling.


Proposed changes to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme: A statement from the Women in Economics Network

On 19 June 2020, the Australian Government Minister for Education, Dan Tehan MP, announced proposed changes to Australia's Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) as part of the Department of Education's Job-ready Graduates Package. 


Women in Capital Markets Yearbook 2020

The Women in Economics Network is delighted to feature in the 'Women in Capital Markets Yearbook 2020' and to be profiled among the key women's organisations in the KangaNews Magazine, aimed at amplifying female voices in the Australian capital market.

WEN's profile can be accessed online:

A full copy of the Women in Capital Markets Yearbook can be downloaded here.


Job opportunities at the Australian Treasury

The Australian Treasury offers a pinnacle opportunity for professional economists to contribute to Australia’s economic policy direction.


Women's leadership scholarships available for the finance and economics sector

Women & Leadership Australia is currently offering professional development scholarships for WEN staff and members. The scholarships are open to women across all areas of the finance and economics sector, and we encourage you to share this opportunity with your members. 


Review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

A virtual roundtable on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s targeted review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the WGEA Review).

Invited participants will be provided an opportunity to input directly to the WGEA Review Team.


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