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Professor Rabee Tourky joins RSE

Professor Rabee Tourky

Professor Rabee Tourky recently joined the Research School of Economics as The Trevor Swan Distinguished Professor of Economics.

Professor Rabee Tourky is one of the world's leading mathematical economists. For many years he has worked on understanding general market equilibrium theory when there are many commodities but with missing call and put options. More recently he has been working on finite games dubbed imitation games and computational economics. Currently, he is studying statistical/epistemic foundations of Bayesian games as well as novel piecewise linear estimation techniques. Professor Tourky has held professorial positions at The University of Melbourne, Purdue University, and The University of Queensland. He is widely regarded as one of Australia's most creative theoretical economists. He has also received awards internationally for his teaching of undergraduate and MBA students. He has a history of curriculum innovation, synthesising technical rigour with practical real-world economic insight.

Professor Trevor Swan, after whom this chair is named, was a foundation Professor of Economics at ANU and is arguably the most important economist that Australia has produced. His technical rigour, applied to critical real-world issues, such as economic growth, remain a hallmark of economics at the ANU.

A theory of hospital waiting time reporting

Yijuan Chen

Dr Yijuan Chen (ANU), Dr Juergen Meinecke (ANU), and Dr Peter Sivey (La Trobe) were awarded the prize for the Best Early Career Conference Paper at the at the 35th annual conference of the Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) held in Canberra on the 26th & 27th of September 2013.

Their paper, A theory of hospital waiting time reporting (PDF, 1.2MB), studies two effects of a report-card policy that releases information on hospital waiting times to the public and show that the policy reduces the waiting time in both high-quality & low-quality hospitals.

For more information on the conference, visit the AHES webpage.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Wenjie Wei

RSE PhD student Wenjie Wei won second place in the CBE Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). She received an iPod Nano with matching armband for her efforts.

Her 3MT talk title was "Welfare and environmental effects of subsidies and trade barriers in North-South trade in renewable energy equipment".

The paper is motivated by the recent trade dispute between developed countries and China on Chinese renewable energy equipment exports (e.g., solar panels) as well as the increased public concern for environmental issues such as climate change. By combining theories of international trade and environmental economics, the paper aims to examine how government subsidies and trade barriers would affect the economic welfare and the environmental quality in both developed and developing countries.

To find out more about the 3MT finals scheduled on 18 September 2013, visit the ANU events billboard

Cliometrics Honour

Prof Tim Hatton

Professor Tim Hatton, a senior RSE academic and director of the Centre for Economic History was recently awarded the Clio Can at the Cliometrics Meeting in Hawaii in June 2013. This is a great honour and is the first time the award has gone to a non-American.

The Cliometric Society is an academic organization of individuals interested in the use of economic theory and statistical techniques to study economic history.
Find out more by visiting the Cliometric Society website

Book launch: The Great Southern Lands

Lauch of the Great Southern Lands

Senator the Hon Bob Carr launched the "Great Southern Lands: building ties between Australia and Brazil" during the Latin America DownUnder conference. The book, published by the Lowy Institute, is co-authored by RSE Associate Lecturer Patrick Carvalho.

The Great Southern Lands presents a series of perspectives on the modern Brazilian economy, its economic history, its ties with Australia, and its place in the world economy.


The book is fully available at the Lowy Institute website.

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