The word is in from the students – ESSA’s inaugural Q&A was a resounding success. Featuring some of the University’s most famed economists (Max Corden and Neville Norman) and some of the nation’s leading economic commentators (George Megalogenis, Stephen Koukoulas, Stephen Long and James Paterson), it was an event, from my perspective, full of high-spirited discussion and insightful analysis about where Australia is as a country and as a world-leading economy.
Watch it all here!
Amid quips of whinging farmers, painful two-speed bicycle analogies and “slavery” at the IPA, the panel, consisting of James Paterson, W. Max Corden, George Megalogenis, Neville Norman, Stephen Koukoulas and moderator Stephen Long, gave the ESSA Q&A audience quite a few insights into the immigration and two-speed economy debates currently embroiling Australia.
I have written previously on inequality and gender relations in the Australian economy and, in light of ESSA’s upcoming Q&A, I thought I would put an immigration and two-speed economy spin on the topic.
There has been considerable dialogue on whether the two-speed economy is causing inequality – between the east coast and the west, between mining and manufacturing and retail, between the super rich and ‘the rest’.
This semester ESSA’s flagship event is a Q&A, where we have invited six illustrious panellists to share their viewpoints and discuss two issues that confront Australia on a nationwide scale: Immigration and the two-speed economy. With the event just around the corner, you might like to know a little more on each of our guests. Read on for a short bio on each of the panellists and discover what unique experiences each of them brings to the discussion.
In light of ESSA’s upcoming Q&A event, this article will explore some of the effects of Australia’s two-speed economy and how it relates to the wider notion of a ‘resource curse’, ultimately branching out to include some of the social and political consequences often befalling countries which own large amounts of natural resources. From a brief overview of Australia’s current macroeconomic situation, the more unsettling aspects of a resource boom will be considered in the context of some developing nations, often regarded as examples of economic and political mismanagement.
Many of you would be aware that ESSA is hosting a Q&A event on the evening of Thursday August 16th, where our brilliant panel will be answering questions on immigration and the two-speed economy. In honour of Q&A, I have decided to continue my series on structural changes (read the first installment here) with an analysis of the two-speed economy. This article attempts to provide a snapshot of the key issues surrounding our two-speed economy and the main policy implications. I also consider some of the potential questions that our panel may be forced to contend with on the night!
Most people seem to have heard of the wingless (and hence flightless) bird called the Kiwi native to New Zealand. However, we hear of a contradiction to this fact when it comes to the Kiwis flying across ‘the ditch’ into Australia. It is no doubt we have been hearing these flight stories more vigorously in the past couple of years. Is there really a mass exodus of New Zealanders from their home country to Australia? If so, why might this be happening and what are the effects of this exodus on Australia?
ESSA had its radio debut this week, with Publications Director Dean Pagonis interviewed by Karl Williamson (‘The Renegade Economist) on local Melbourne Radio Station, 3CR. Karl first noticed ESSA, and Dean more particularly during the Australian Conference of Economists, as he caught on to Dean’s tweeting from the Conference. He was then drawn to the ESSA website, www.economicstudents.com, where he read Dean’s personal reflections on the conference each day.