The Organising Committee of the Australian Conference of Economists 2020 are excited to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Olivier Bargain
Professor of Economics at Bordeaux University, he is the director of the research department ‘Behavior, Organizations and Policy Evaluation’, member of the Institut Universitaire de France and former member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the French Prime Minister. He was previously at Aix-Marseille University, University College Dublin, IZA Bonn (where he co-directed the “employment and development” group in partnership with the World Bank) and the Paris School of Economics (for his PhD under the supervision of F. Bourguignon). His research covers topics in public, labor, development & international economics. He has been associate editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality (Springer) and coeditor of the book series Research in Labor Economics (Emerald). He has acted as expert on tax and social protection systems for various administrations (in France, the UK, Ireland, Poland and Chile) and for international organizations (World Bank, European Commission, OECD).
Professor Paul Frijters
London School of Economics
Paul Frijters is a Professor of Wellbeing Economics at the London School of Economics: from 2016-nov 2019 at the Center for Economic Performance, thereafter at the Department of Social Policy.
He completed his Masters in Econometrics at the University of Groningen, including a seven-month stay in Durban, South Africa before completing a PhD through the University of Amsterdam. He has also engaged in teaching and research at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, QUT, UQ, and now the LSE.
Professor Fritjers specializes in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. His main area of interest is in analyzing how socio-economic variables affect the human life experience and the “unanswerable” economic mysteries in life.
Professor Frijters is a prominent research economist and has published over 150 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development.
He was the Research Director of the Rumici Project, a project sponsored by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Aid (AusAid), and is also a co-editor of the journal, Economic Record. In 2009 he was voted Australia’s best young economist under 40 by the Australian Economic Society.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2010.
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Professor Gigi Foster
University of New South Wales
Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, having joined UNSW in 2009 after six years at the University of South Australia. Formally educated at Yale University (BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Maryland (PhD in Economics), she works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Her research contributions regularly inform public debates and appear in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets (e.g., Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, Human Relations). Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, Professor Foster has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community. One of Australia’s leading economics communicators, her regular media appearances include co-hosting The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program and podcast series whose fourth season aired in 2020, with Peter Martin AM on ABC RN.