Our Lives as Economists: Policy, Research Frontiers, and All Else that Matters

An Orientation Week panel discussing contemporary questions of economics, including Stage 3 Tax Cuts, lucky & unlucky generations, Australian future living standards, and the health of China’s economy

14 February 2024, 3:15pm – 5:00pm | 25A Kingsley Pl. Acton ACT 2601, Copland Lecture Theatre

Registration via Eventbrite here

The Research School of Economics invites all new and continuing members of our community to a panel discussion between former Productivity Commission chairman Michael Brennan and RSE Professor Xin Meng, led by Emeritus Professor Bob Gregory.

Their discussion will explore how their work has shaped them and insight into the wide role that economists play in policy, current events, and modern life.

Please register via Eventbrite ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/our-lives-as-economists-policy-research-frontiers-all-else-that-matters-tickets-802196891497

Light refreshments will be served afterward.


Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is the CEO of the e61 Institute. He is an experienced economic policy professional, having been a former Chair of the Australian Productivity Commission and Deputy Secretary of the Australian Treasury. He is an alum of the ANU.


Professor Xin Meng

Xin Meng is a Professor of Economics at the RSE. She researches the Chinese labour market during transition, the influence of institutions and culture on gender discrimination in developing and developed countries, economic implications of rural-urban migration in developing countries, economic and behavioural implications of major catastrophes. She is an alum of the ANU.


Emeritus Professor Bob Gregory

Bob Gregory has made major contributions to the development of economic policy in Australia. From 1985-95 he was a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and from 1986-91 he was a member of the Australian Sciences and Technology Council. He has been President of the Economic Society of Australia (1997-99), and Editor of the Economic Record, the leading Australian economics journal.