Dr Michael Beggs
Phd University of Sydney
+61 2 9351 6845
Mike’s research concentrates on the evolution of economic policy. His recently-completed PhD thesis deals with inflation and macroeconomic policy in Australia between the 1940s and 1980s. He uses a focus on counter-inflation policy to reflect on change in policy as a whole, because it touches on so many aspects of the state within the capitalist economy, especially money and finance, the labour market, and the exchange rate. He is currently working on a book version of the thesis, bringing the story up to the 2000s, and on another project on the evolution of central banking outside Australia. Other interests include Marxian and post-Keynesian theory, especially of money, finance and interest rates, and the history of macroeconomics.
Inflation and the making of macroeconomic policy in Australia, 1945-85, PhD thesis, Political Economy, University of Sydney.
Refereed conference paper
“From the ‘battle of the banks’ to the ‘credit squeeze’: Australian monetary policy in the long 1950s”, paper presented to the Society of Heterodox Economics conference, UNSW.
"Marx, Keynes and the central bank", presented at Historical Materialism, SOAS, University of London.
"Before the storm: the making of Australian anti-inflation policy, 1945-65", presented to the Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History conference, University of Sydney.