Conversations with ESSAESSA TV is a webseries where we reach out to prominent individuals to learn about their career, a specific economic area of their interest or simply to get their take on a pressing economic matter! Enjoy some our past episodes below, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
Danielle Wood is the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute. Danielle’s main research interests are tax and budget policy, intergenerational inequality and economic and political institutions. Danielle is also the National Chair of the Women in Economics Network and she sits on the Central Council for the Economic Society of Australia.
Professor Abigail Payne is the Director of the Melbourne Institute, the leading Australian institute on applied economic and social research. The Institute has a team of more than 50 academic researchers that are engage in research on various microeconomic and macroeconomic topics including health, labour, education, housing, social disadvantage, macro, and public economics.
The Hon Jeff Kennett AC served as the Premier of Victoria from 1992-1999 and a Member of the Victorian Parliament for Burwood for 23 years. Mr. Kennett was the founding chairman of beyondblue, a national organisation that promotes good mental health and seeks to dismantle the stigma surrounding depression and anxiety. He also currently serves as the President of the Hawthorn Football Club, and as a political commentator for the Seven Network.
Dr Stephen King is currently a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission. Prior to his current role, he was an economics lecturer at Monash University, and the Dean of Monash’s Faculty of Business and Economics between 2009 and 2011. Dr King's main areas of expertise are in microeconomic theory, competition economics, regulation and industrial organization. His research has been published widely, including articles in major international economics journals.