The Organising Committee of the Australian Conference of Economists 2023 are excited to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Brad DeLong

Brad DeLong, author of the instant New York Times-bestselling Slouching Towards Utopia: The Economic History of the 20th Century, is a Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Economic Policy, and has been too online since 1995.

At the moment, Google and Google Scholar say that he is best known for: (1) Slouching Towards Utopia, (2) “Noise Trader Risk in Financial Markets” (with Andrei Shleifer and Lawrence Summers of Harvard, and Robert Waldmann of the University of Rome), (3) “Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy” (with Lawrence Summers of Harvard), (4) “Did J.P. Morgan’s Men Add Value?”, and (5) “Speculative Microeconomics for Tomorrow’s Economy” (with A. Michael Froomkin of the University of Miami).

Professor Ganna Pogrebna

Ganna Pogrebna is a pioneer in behavioural data science. She is Executive Director of Artifical Intelligence and Cyber Futures Institute, Charles Sturt University (Australia); Honourary Professor of Behavioural Business Analytics and Data Science (Australia); and Lead for Behavioural Data Science at the Alan Turing Institute (UK). Blending behavioural science, AI, computer science, data analytics, engineering, and business model innovation, Ganna helps businesses, cities, charities, and individuals to better understand why they make decisions they make and how they can optimize their behaviour to achieve higher profit, better social outcomes, as well as flourish and bolster their wellbeing. Her recent projects focus on smart technological and social systems, cybersecurity, human-computer and human-data interactions and business models. Her most impactful projects concentrated on cybersecurity as a behavioural science as well as applications of behavioural data science to media industry . Her digital security risk-tolerance scale (CyberDoSpeRT) is widely used in Australia and abroad. Gnana’s contributions to risk analytics and modelling was recognized by the Leverhulme Research Fellowship award. In January 2020, she was also named as the winner of TechWomen100 – the prize awarded to leading female experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the UK. She is also named as one of 20+ Inspiring Data Scientists by the AI Time Journal. Ganna runs the Data Driven blog on YouTube as well as Inclusion AI blog. Her work is regularly covered by the traditional as well as social media. Ganna is one of the contributors to the Oxford Handbook of AI Ethics. She is also currently co-editing the Cambridge Handbook of Behavioural Data Science, which is due to be published in 2022-2023 by Cambridge University Press

Professor Jan Eeckhout

Jan Eeckhout is ICREA professor of Economics at UPF Barcelona. He studies the macroeconomic implications of market power, and the economics of work. He has published numerous articles in economics journals and is the author of the book ‘The Profit Paradox’. His research has featured in the media, including The Economist, WSJ, FT, NYT and Bloomberg. He has been tenured professor at the UPenn and UCL and has been Louis Simpson Visiting Professor at Princeton. He is fellow of the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association and Academia Europaea. He received his PhD from LSE.

Professor Ross Garnaut AC

Ross is an Emeritus Professor in Economics at The Australian National University and an Emeritus Professor in Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Over the past fifty years, he has had many senior roles in business and as a policy advisor and diplomat. Ross was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to1985, and Australian Ambassador to China from 1985 to 1988. He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017 for work on climate change and energy, and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1993 for services to education and international relations. He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. His recent books include Superpower Transformation: Making Australia’s zero-carbon future, Black Inc (2022), Superpower: Australia’s low carbon opportunity, Black Inc. (2019) and RESET: Restoring Australia after the Pandemic Recession (2021). Ross is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economic Society, Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resources Economics Society, Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Ross is Director at ZEN Energy.

RBA Governor's Business Lunch

We are also pleased to announce Phillip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank will be speaking at a business lunch on 12 July which will be open to all Conference participants.

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