Past News and Events

Welcoming a new School of Economics


On 1 January 2011 the University of Sydney inaugurated a new School of Economics, at the same time disestablishing its Faculty of Economics and Business. Observers, friends, and graduates of the University, especially its economics graduates, may wonder why the University has taken these steps.

In the course of 2010 the University of Sydney engaged in a wide-ranging examination of its structures and practices, with a view to a comprehensive reform. A preliminary “Green Paper” formed the basis for deliberation and extensive consultation across the University, concerning its future directions and policy, which then led to a final “White Paper” mapping out a path forward in order for the University to better fulfil its proper mission.

One of the key aims enunciated within that larger reform was to strengthen, advance, and bring greater focus to, economics and econometrics research and education at the University of Sydney. It is with a view to this that the Faculty of Economics and Business, which had been established on 1 January 2000 (replacing the Faculty of Economics, established in 1920), has been replaced with a School of Economics, within a new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and a Business School.

The School of Economics will be the primary source of economics and econometrics education at the University. It therefore will be the provider of economics and econometrics teaching to students enrolled in Business School degrees, as well as students in the economics degrees the University offers, and students in its social sciences and arts degrees. The School of Economics will therefore continue to be closely involved with business education, provided primarily by the new Business School, while at the same time engaging with research and education in the social sciences and the humanities.

The establishment of the School of Economics is a great new point of departure for the advancement of learning in economics and econometrics at the University of Sydney. The School will also provide an avenue for the University to strengthen its relationship with the economics alumni of the University, and various events to enable alumni and friends of the University to engage with the School are being planned.

Second Sydney Winter School on Experimental Economics


Dr Stephen Cheung, School of Economics

The School of Economics at The University of Sydney is pleased to announce a five-day winter school on advanced topics in experimental economics to be held 18-22 July, 2011. Two leading international experimental economists, Professor Simon Gächter (University of Nottingham) and Professor Graham Loomes (University of Warwick), will participate in the winter school as teaching faculty.
The winter school is intended primarily for PhD students from the Australasian region, however applications from early-career postdoctoral researchers and applicants from other parts of the world will also be considered should places be available. It is expected that all participants will either already be using experimental economics methods in their research, or intending to apply these methods to investigate aspects of their current research interests.

For more information visit Second Sydney Winter School on Experimental Economics homepage

SYDNEY IDEAS LECTURE SERIES - Simon Gächter, Professor of the Psychology of Economic Decision Making, University of Nottingham

Understanding cooperation in humans: lessons from experimental economics

portrait of simon gaetcher

Date: Wednesday 27 July, 2011
Time: 6.00 to 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer venue information, the University of Sydney
Cost: This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or booking required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
For more information visit Sydney Ideas Current Lectures

School of Economics Seminar Series


Throughout the year, the School of Economics runs a weekly seminar program which hosts distinguished national and international guest speakers. For further information about forthcoming seminars, please see

Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW 2011)

Front Holme Bldg & front lawn - view from Science Rd

The School of Economics at the University of Sydney is hosting the Labour Econometrics Workshop 2011 (LEW2011) on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August, 2011.

The Labour Econometrics Workshop is an annual meeting hosted by a different university in Australasia each year. This year marks the 14th consecutive meeting. The objective of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for researchers in applied microeconometrics to share and discuss their latest research, and receive constructive feedback. A very broad definition of the field of ‘labour econometrics’ is applied – and submissions in the areas of public, health and development economics are encouraged. Sufficient time is allocated for each paper to enable an indepth discussion of methodological and technical issues.
LEW2011 will be held in the Sutherland Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney. There is no cost for participating in the workshop, although registration is required.

Careers in Economics Lecture Series


During semester 1 and 2, 2011, the School of Economics will be holding a series of lectures by prominent economists in the public and private sector for undergraduates and faculty. The purpose of the lecture series is to provide examples to students of how their training in economics can be used in a variety of interesting and important ways. Details forthcoming.

University of Sydney Economics and Econometrics Society 2011 Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Economics


The University of Sydney Economics and Econometrics Society, in conjunction with the School of Economics, will be hosting the following lectures in 2011:

Monday 8th August, 6pm-8:30pm, Law School Foyer, "Current Economic Conditions and Monetary Policy", David Orsmond, Head of Regional and Industry Analysis, Reserve Bank of Australia.

Tuesday 16th August, 6:30pm-8:00pm, New Law Building Lecture Theatre 104, “The end of cycles? Or are there more to come?
A forecaster’s view of Australian economic cycles ... recent and prospective.”
Frank Gelber.

The lectures will be followed by light refreshments.

The South Asian Studies Group 2011 Workshop


Dr Dilip Dutta, School of Economics

The South Asian Studies Group and the School of Economics, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute, will be holding the following workshop on 28th October 2011, 9:30 - 17:00 (Venue TBA):

"Inclusive growth in China and India: Role of institution building, entrepreneurship and management".

Keynote speaker: Professor Pippa Norris, Harvard University

For further details, please contact Dr Dilip Dutta

Organizational Economics Workshop, December 2011


Dr Andrew Wait, School of Economics

The annual Organizational Economics Workshop will be held by the School of Economics on 12th December 2011 at the University of Sydney.
The workshop will examine a broad range of economic issues relating to organizations, including: incentive contracts with external and internal parties and managerial remuneration; the organization of production, the use of labour and wage structures; the design of hierarchies; the allocation of decision making protocols within organizations; and the optimal allocation of ownership and alternative ownership structures. We invite submission of both theoretical and empirical papers that address any issue relating to organizations. As well as universities, we also welcome participation from the public and private sectors.
Invited speakers include Robert Akerlof (Warwick University) and Roland Bel (Euromed School of Management).

Click here for Submission and Registration Details.

2011 Alumni Event"

On the evening of 28 July, Economics alumni came together over drinks and canapés for an event to celebrate the inauguration of the new School of Economics.

2011 Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture

warran Hogan lecture 2011

In July 2011 the School of Economics held its inaugural alumni event, with a reception at the New Law School, at which the guest speaker was the distinguished economics graduate of the University, Mr Bill Evans (BEc Hons ’73), Chief Economist at Westpac Bank.

2012 School of Economics Prizes Ceremony


Photos from the 2012 School of Economics awards night. More