Dean Pagonis

Dean Pagonis

I am a passionate BCom student majoring in Economics and Finance at the University of Melbourne. My interest in economics began in high school, after being taught by acclaimed IB Economics teacher Mr Bradshaw. For me, economics gives clarity and rationality to a very complex, interconnected world. I currently works as a tutor in the faculty, and as a Research Assistant to Professor Jeff Borland in the Department of Economics at University of Melbourne, with previous experience in policy in the public and private sectors. I have aspirations to complete post-graduate studies in Economics overseas before moving into the economics profession in some capacity. Outside of study, I am an avid football fan and has a slight addiction to FIFA.


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Commodity Price Volatility – A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

By · October 17th, 2012

The supply-side argument for the price volatility in commodities such as silver.

The Dutch Disease and Structural Adjustment – Day 4 of ACE 2012

By · July 15th, 2012

The focus of my final post will be the first session of the ACE Business Symposium, titled ‘Structural Adjustment: The Dutch Disease and Public Policy in Australia’.

My Perspective: Day 2 – Australian Conference of Economists 2012

By · July 10th, 2012

Day 2 of the ACE Conference started with a keynote speech from Professor John Quiggin of University of Queensland on the conference’s main theme ‘The future of economics: research, policy and relevance’.

My Perspective: Day 1 – Australian Conference of Economists 2012

By · July 9th, 2012

This is the first of four blog posts I will be writing for ESSA from the 41st Australian Conference of Economists, co-hosted by Economics Society of Australia and Victoria University.

Australian Economic Prosperity a Double-Edged Sword

By · June 17th, 2012

The Australian economy continues to defy economic gravity, with the latest round of economic statistics released last week showing an economy growing above trend over the last 12 months.

What Governments Do, Don’t Do, and Can’t Do

By · April 22nd, 2012

When you consider what ‘government policy’ really means, most tend to think of actions made by government on production, distribution, consumption and identity issues, and rightly so.

Wayne Swan’s Ironic Attack on Billionaire Miners for his Own Self-Interest

By · March 18th, 2012

Wayne Swan’s essay in The Monthly titled ‘The 0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests in Australia’ has caused quite a stir in the last few weeks.

Fiscal Stimulus and Consolidation during Financial Crises

By · March 15th, 2012

Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), recently told the Council of Foreign Relations that he was surprised at the amount of debate surrounding the role of fiscal stimulus during economic downturns.  This comes after much criticism of the stimulus packages implemented across the world in early 2009, where the world economy […]

Downing Lecture 2012 – GFC and Household Incomes

By · March 11th, 2012

I attended my first Downing Lecture on Thursday night, and heard a fascinating speech by Professor John Micklewright, a research fellow from the Melbourne Institute.

Party Politics Trumps Policy Detail

By · March 4th, 2012

George Megalogenis’ quarterly essay titled ‘Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the end of the reform era’ highlights the worrying lack of political leadership on both sides of the parliament in the aftermath of the 2010 Australian federal election.

Understanding the crisis that embroils Europe

By · February 29th, 2012

I am sure you have heard of the commotion unfolding in Europe, dubbed by many news media outlets as the ‘European sovereign debt crisis’. But what does this all mean? Ric Battelino, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, spoke in Sydney about the ‘European Financial Developments’ and what it means for the world […]

ETS is the right policy, it just might not be the right time

By · February 21st, 2012

After passing through both Houses of Parliament, Australia will officially have an emissions trading scheme on July 1st 2012, which will take the form of a carbon tax for its first three years before moving to a flexible price carbon trading market in 2015.

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