FH Gruen Lectures

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Professor-Fred-Gruen
Professor Fred Gruen
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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.
 


Next 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.

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Most recent FH Gruen lecture

Professor Ross Garnaut

Economic Ideas and Competition Between Autocracy and Democracy

Wednesday 29 June 2022, 5.30–7.00 pm AEST I T2 Theatre, Upper Level, Cultural Centre Kambri 153

People and ideas from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Central Europe in the early twentieth century were highly influential in shaping economic policy in the United States and United Kingdom late in the century. Such policies favoured unconstrained market exchange and have been deeply problematic in practice. In postwar Australia, refugees from Germanic Central Europe had a different impact, strengthening liberal social democratic thought about policy, with much better outcomes.

Economist Professor Ross Garnaut AC will discuss Australia’s economic policy and outcomes relative to other developed countries over these periods. He will draw lessons for post-pandemic policy in a future challenged by climate change, massive public debt, international stagflation and the weakening of democratic institutions.


Past lectures

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

Wed 29th June

5.30pm-7.00pm

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

Economic Ideas and Competition Between Autocracy and Democracy

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

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

The Economics of COVID-19 Vaccine Supply

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

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?

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

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

Recent Developments in the EConomics of Litigation

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

Wed 20 June

5:30-7:00pm

Professor Ngo Van Long Innovations Theatre

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

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

Wed 8 March

5:30-7:00pm

Professor L. Alan Winters Allan Barton Forum

Brexit and the developing countries

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

Tues 4 October

5:30-7:00pm

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

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

Mon 19 Oct 5.30-7.00pm

Professor Frank Staehler Haydon-Allen Tank

Attracting foreign direct investment – curse or blessing?

Tues 28/7/2015
5.30–7.00pm

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

Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

21/10/2014 5.30–7.30pm

Professor Dean Hyslop Hedley Bull Centre Lecture Theatre 1

Welfare Reform: Lessons from Large Scale Experiments

12/06/2014
5.30–7pm

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

The Chinese renewables sectors: A case of wilting greens?

06/02/2014
5.30–7pm
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?
Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

12/02/2013
5.30–7pm
Professor Bob Haveman Law Link Lecture Theatre, Building #7, Fellows Road The US Labour Market is a mess: Is there a way out?
30/05/2013
5.30–7pm
Professor Richard V. Burkhauser Sparke Helmore Law Theatre 2, Building #6A Top Incomes and Inequality in Australia: What Happened and Why?
03/06/2013
5–6.30pm
Professor M Utku Unver CBE Lecture Theatre 1, CBE Building #26C Welfare and equity consequences of transplant organ allocation policies
Date & time Presenter Location

Topic

20/02/2012
5.30–7pm
Professor Andrew Oswald Hedley Bull Centre (Bld 130, Theatre 1) Herd behavior and keeping up with the Joneses
01/08/2012
6–7.30pm
Rob Heferen Manning Clark, Lecture theatre 6 Australian Tax Policy challenges in a changing world
13/08/2012
5.30–7 pm
Prof Klaus F Zimmermann Weston Theatre, JG Crawford Building Challenges to the Euro Crisis and Beyond
29/11/2012
5–6.30pm
Professor Jeffrey G Williamson Molonglo Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU Commodity prices over two centuries: Trends, volatility and impact