FH Gruen Lectures

Professor Fred Gruen
Simon Grant
Professor Simon Grant, Chair of the Lecture Series

Public lectures in honour of the late Professor Fred Gruen

Professor Fred Gruen was Head of the Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University from 1972-1986, and inaugural Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research over 1980-1986. Fred made a significant contribution to Australian economic and public policy debate. His endowment to ANU has led to the establishment of the FH Gruen Distinguished Fellowships for researchers in the fields of economic and welfare policy.

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Most recent FH Gruen lecture

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

A More Dynamic Economy

Thursday 25 August, 5.30–6.30 pm AEST I Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre Kambri 153

In recent times, Australia has experienced a productivity slowdown. A growing body of research points to a lack of dynamism, with fewer start-ups, lower rates of job switching and less geographic mobility. Relative to other advanced countries, Australia’s best firms appear to be falling away from the global productivity frontier.

Join Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP at this Fred Gruen public lecture, where he will present new evidence on these challenges and discuss their importance to increasing productivity, which is essential to raising living standards long term.

Andrew is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor economics in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, and is a past recipient of the Economic Society of Australia's Young Economist Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author of ten books, including The Economics of Just About Everything, The Luck of Politics, and Choosing Openness.

Andrew is a keen triathlete and marathon runner, and hosts a podcast called The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation, about living a happier, healthier and more ethical life.

Past lectures

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Thu 25th August

5.30 pm–6.30 pm

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP Manning Clark Hall, Cultural Centre Kambri 153

A More Dynamic Economy

Wed 29th June

5.30 pm - 7.00 pm

Professor Ross Garnaut T2 Theatre, Cultural Centre (ANU Building 153), Kambri, University Avenue

Economic Ideas and Competition Between Autocracy and Democracy

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Thu 20th May 10.00am-11.00am Professor Christopher Snyder Online

The Economics of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

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Tue 17th November  5.30pm-7.30pm

Dr. Stephen King Online

Using economics to reform Australia's mental health system.

Mon 20th July 5.30pm-7.30pm

Assaf Razin Online

De-globalization and Social Safety Nets: Post-Pandemic World Economy?


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Thurs 6th June 5.30pm-7pm Kathryn Spier, Harvard Law School Haydon Allen Tank

Recent Developments in the EConomics of Litigation

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Wed 20 June


Professor Ngo Van Long Innovations Theatre

Ethical motivation and economic behavious: theory, evidence and policy implications.

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Wed 8 March


Professor L. Alan Winters Allan Barton Forum

Brexit and the developing countries

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Tues 4 October


Professor John Quiggin CIW auditorium

After reform: the economic policy agenda in the 21st century

Tues 19 July 5:30-7:00pm

Professor Catherine Eckel Innovations Lecture Theatre

Shopping for Trust

Thurs 21 April 5.30-7.00pm

Professor Jeff Williamson Law Lecture Theatre

From Colony to Superpower: American Growth and Inequality since 1774

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Mon 19 Oct 5.30-7.00pm

Professor Frank Staehler Haydon-Allen Tank

Attracting foreign direct investment – curse or blessing?

Tues 28/7/2015

Professor Richard B. Freeman Manning Clark Centre Theatre 2

How to solve the inequality problem that is plaguing capitalism

Thurs 5/3/2015 5.30–7.00pm

Professor Richard H Steckel Arndt Lecture Theatre 1

New Approaches to the Standard of Living

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21/10/2014 5.30–7.30pm

Professor Dean Hyslop Hedley Bull Centre Lecture Theatre 1

Welfare Reform: Lessons from Large Scale Experiments


Professor Loren Brandt Arndt Lecture Theatre 1, HW Arndt Building #25A

The Chinese renewables sectors: A case of wilting greens?

Professor Paul Seabright Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (the Tank), Building #23 Can and should anything be done to change the unequal representation of women in positions of economic power in advanced societies?
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Professor Bob Haveman Law Link Lecture Theatre, Building #7, Fellows Road The US Labour Market is a mess: Is there a way out?
Professor Richard V. Burkhauser Sparke Helmore Law Theatre 2, Building #6A Top Incomes and Inequality in Australia: What Happened and Why?
Professor M Utku Unver CBE Lecture Theatre 1, CBE Building #26C Welfare and equity consequences of transplant organ allocation policies
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Professor Andrew Oswald Hedley Bull Centre (Bld 130, Theatre 1) Herd behavior and keeping up with the Joneses
Rob Heferen Manning Clark, Lecture theatre 6 Australian Tax Policy challenges in a changing world
5.30–7 pm
Prof Klaus F Zimmermann Weston Theatre, JG Crawford Building Challenges to the Euro Crisis and Beyond
Professor Jeffrey G Williamson Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU Commodity prices over two centuries: Trends, volatility and impact