Goldsmith Lectures

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Goldsmith Lectures


The Goldsmith Economic Research Endowment was established in 2004 through a bequest by the estate of Barry Goldsmith. The Endowment is used to support scholarships at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as academic posts in the ANU College of Business and Economics.

It also provides the opportunity to hold public lectures to advance the study in the discipline of economics.

Next Goldsmith Lectures

Sources of artificial intelligence

Professor Thomas J. Sargent will present the first Goldsmith lecture for 2023. This lecture is about human and artificial intelligence and learning. Professor Sargent takes 'artificial' to mean 'non-human'.

This in-person event will take place on Tuesday 28th February 5.30pm – 7.00pm, venue: T2 Lecture Theatre Kambri

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William Coleman on Adam Smith

On 23rd March 2023 William Coleman will deliver a Goldsmith Lecture entitled “Adam Smith’s Case Against the British Empire”, as a part of a global series of events supported by the University of Glasgow to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the acclaimed Scottish “founding father of economics”.

This in-person event will take place on Thursday 23rd March 5.30pm – 7.00pm, venue: TBA

Past lecture

Date Presenter

19 July 2022

Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

"What economic theory really says about the role and conduct of economic policy?"

Past lecture

Date Presenter

12 February 2020

Professor Richard Steckel, The Ohio State University

"Very Long-term Trends in Health on Four Continents:North America, South America, Europe and Asia"

Past lectures

Date Presenter

28 February 2019

Dr Alice Reid from University of Cambridge

'If only this could be my last': new ideas about reducing family size during the demographic transition

13 November 2019  

Associate Professor Jessica Pan from National University of Singapore

'The Remaining Gender Disparities in the Labour Market: Causes and Policy Responses'

Past lectures

Date Presenter

27 September 2017

Professor John Creedy from Victoria University of Wellington

"Inequality Measurement: In Pursuit of a Chimera?"

16 March 2017

Professor Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

"Economic freedom and income inequality in the long run: Is there a trade-off?"

Past lectures

Date Presenter

27 October 2016

Professor Barry Eichengreen, University of California Berkeley.

"International Currencies Past, Present and Future: Lessons of the Very Long Run"

8 September 2016

Professor Dan Hamermesh, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Texas at Austin

"Beauty in the Economy"