The Organising Committee of the Australian Conference of Economists 2020 are excited to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Olivier Bargain

Professor Olivier Bargain

Bordeaux University

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 Alison Booth

Professor Alison Booth

Australian National University

Alison Booth obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics and is Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and of the IZA Bonn. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Econometric Society.

Booth was President of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE) 2006-2008, and became an Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. She was head of the ANU’s Economics Program RSSS 2008-2009, and was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics from 1999-2004. 

Booth works on labour market and behavioural economics topics. Her book, The Economics of the Trade Union, Cambridge University Press (reprinted 2002) was a Princeton University Economics Book of the Year in 1996. She has held many research grants, including from the Australian Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Her publications can be viewed at: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/booth-al

Professor Paul Frijters

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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