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Chair: Joaquin Vespignani

Warwick McKibbin (ANU) TBA
Leonora Risse (RMIT) A gender lens on the workforce impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia
Nicole Adams (RBA) The Effect of the COVID-19 Income Support Policies on Household Spending in Australia

Jointly hosted by Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST Centre) and University of Tasmania’s Behavioural Lab, this Special Session looks at how behavioural economics insights and methods can inform policy interventions to help people achieve better outcomes for themselves and for society.

Our speakers include:

  • A/Prof Stuart Crispin, Interim Executive Dean, College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania
  • Harry Greenwell, Senior Adviser, Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Moderator: Maria Yanotti

Lifting diversity and inclusion in economics: How the Australian Women in Economics Network put the evidence into action
Authors: Rebecca Cassells (Curtin University), Leonora Risse (RMIT University), Danielle Wood (Grattan Institute), Duygu Yengin (University of Adelaide)

Panel discussion:
Expanding diversity and inclusion in economics: What is proving to work

Dr Matthew Butlin (South Australian Productivity Commission/Past President of the Economic Society of Australia)
Prof Swee Hoon Chuah (UTAS)
Jacqui Dwyer (RBA) 

The special session brings together key participants from industry, government, and academics to discuss pressing and emerging issues in a transforming Australian electricity sector. Key transformations facing most power systems include the rapid and ongoing transition away from conventional generation towards power systems with high renewable penetration, large grid-scale storage, the growth of distributed (behind-the-metre) generation and storage, and the emergence of hydrogen.

The panel includes:
Bess Clark, CEO at Marinus Link
Anton Voss, CEO at Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania (RecFIT)
Bruce Mountain, Director of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Chris Leishman, Prof at UniSA “Housing: Taming the elephant in the economy” (the report to the Housing and Productivity Research Consortium)

Panel discussion:
Housing as a System considering its spillover effects on other social and economic issues, including discussion on the Falinski report

Chris Leishman, Prof at UniSA
Peter Tulip, Chief Economist at the Centre for Independent Studies
Nicholas Proud, CEO of PowerHousing Australia

Chair: Darla Hatton MacDonald

Water resource management remains a challenging sustainable development goal (SDG 6) with 40% of the world’s population facing water scarcity issues. In Australia, the allocation of water amongst different users remains a pressing issue despite the last decade of water reform and development of water sharing plans. This session will show-case a number of different presentations on water issues including: water reallocation within river basins, cap and trade within a groundwater system and urban water.

Chair: Associate Professor Dan Daugaard

Panel members: ASIC representative, Professor Tom Smith and RBA or APRA representative
Theme: Financial Distress Indices for Australian Listed and Unlisted Companies

Following our conference theme, “Economics in the New Normal”, this session investigates the economy’s evolving vulnerability to listed and unlisted businesses and how these risks are monitored by the economy’s regulators.

This panel session will profile an impactful research collaboration between the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and Macquarie University. This research initiative has led to risk analysis tools consulted by financial market regulators to monitor the Australian corporate landscape and financial markets and inform their policy responses. The project represents an extension of Financial Distress Indices beyond Listed firms to now incorporate Unlisted firms. Employing firm-level data from the Bureau of Statistics’ Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment, this research examines financial vulnerability and forecasts insolvency of Australian unlisted firms. The project required the design development and application of a sectoral and regional financial vulnerability metric for unlisted firms. This involved combining five risk analysis methods including Merton’s Distance to Default, Altman Z-score, and machine learning methods. A major output from this research is a Dashboard tool which demonstrates the cross-sector Financial Vulnerability Index heatmap with time-series dimensions for each sector.

Chair: Bao Nguyen

This session aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major current issues and challenges that interrelate climate changes, energy shocks, commodity price uncertainty and macroeconomic performance.

Following our conference theme, “Economics in the New Normal”, this session will seek to understand where we are now in terms of world trade and globalisation and where we are heading. What will world trade and globalisation look like in a post-pandemic world with geopolitical tensions?