Goldsmith Lectures

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.

Recent Goldsmith Lecture

Education in a Changing World: Professor Eric Hanushek, Stanford University

While the importance of education for economic outcomes of individuals and of nations is broadly recognised, the full economic value is often underestimated. Professor Eric Hanushek begins this lecture with a discussion of where all of the countries of the world stand in terms of the requisite skills for competing in a modern economy.

From historical economic growth patterns, he shows it is then possible to estimate the economic gains to be had from bringing everybody up to minimal skill levels. Special attention is given to education and skills in Australia. This is followed by suggestions for improvement from economic research.

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Past lecture

Date Presenter
17 October 2023

Professor Eric Hanushek

"Education in a Changing World"

23 March 2023

William Coleman

"Adam Smith’s Case Against the British Empire"

28 February 2023

Professor Thomas J. Sargent

"Sources of artificial intelligence"

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"