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Economics research

One of the strongest groupings of applied economists in Australia
We undertake research in economic theory, applied economics, economic policy, and the history of economic thought.

Our research expertise include:

  • game theory
  • empirical and theoretical industrial organisation
  • international trade
  • economic growth and inequality
  • exchange rate intervention 
  • empirical labour economics
  • economic development in China and India
  • health and housing policy

Seminar and Research Groups

2020 Seminar CoordinatorsAlastair Fraser and Ye Lu

Our seminars regularly take place in Room 650, Social Sciences Building (SSB), unless otherwise stated. 

More detailed information can be found on our events page and calendar

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) is a national research centre uniquely positioned to tackle the intergenerational transmission of deep and persistent disadvantage in Australian families.

The School of Economics (Life Course Centre Sydney node) runs seminars periodically, designed to provide a network and collaborative opportunities for academics from Australia and abroad.

The Sydney Experimental Brownbag Seminar is a joint venture between experimental economics researchers at The University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Technology Sydney.

The seminar meets fortnightly, and welcomes presentation of experimental research, broadly defined, at all stages – from design through to finished papers. Speakers usually present at a location other than their home institution, and presentations by research students are most welcome.

For more information, contact the University of Sydney seminar coordinator for 2020, Stephanie Heger.

Our meetings provide an opportunity for faculty working in the field of econometric theory to present early-stage and ongoing research. Other interested faculty and PhD students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present as well.

All presentations will be held in the Social Sciences Building (A02). 

In 2020, Ye Lu will coordinate the ETRS series. If you wish to contribute, please contact Ye Lu.

The group provides an opportunity for academic staff working on empirical microeconomics and public policy, broadly understood, to present ongoing research, including at the earliest stages. Interested faculty and Ph.D. students with research relevant to the themes of the group are invited to present from time to time.

There can be more than one presenter in a given week, depending on how much material each presenter has ready. However, keeping in mind the need to allow ample time for discussion of early-stage work, we usually plan to have a single presenter present for 30-40 minutes, and allow the remainder of the time for questions and discussion.

For 2020, please contact Valentina Duque if you would like to get on the mailing list or contribute a presentation. 

The purpose of the group is to meet on a regular basis and discuss major publications or presenter's own work-in-progress in dynamic macroeconomics.

The group convenes on Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:30pm every fortnight at the presenter's university. If you would like to receive announcements or contribute with a presentation, please contact Vladimir Tyazhelnikov. 

The main aim of the reading group is to create a collaborative environment for exchange of research ideas, presentation of early research work and research funding proposals among staff and research students with interest in agricultural, environmental and resource economics.

The group also aims to facilitate the establishment of new collaborations, and to foster existing research collaborations across disciplines with interest in these areas within the University of Sydney. The group also links with researchers that have interest in this area across several universities based in Sydney. 

The reading group meets fortnightly during semester sessions, and at other times when the need or opportunity arises. The usual time and place for meetings is 1-2 pm on Wednesdays at the University of Sydney.

To register for the group’s mailing list or to suggest a presentation please get in touch with Alastair Fraser.

Conferences and workshops

We host and are involved in a number of conferences and workshops in the field of economics. Below is an outline of some of our recent activity.

Life Course Centre Mini Workshop 

This workshop will be presented by Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Simon Burgess (University of Bristol). 

Sydney Workshop on Experimental Economics and Theory 

This workshop will host keynote speakers, Professor Onur Keston (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor Bettina Klaus (University of Lausanne), Professor Peter Moffatt (University of East Anglia) and Professor Andy Schotter (New York University). 

History of Economic Thought Society of Australia Conference 

This conference will host keynote speaker, Professor Fabio Petri (University of Siena). 

Organizational Economics Summer Symposium 

The workshop will host keynote speaker, Kieron Meagher (Australian National University). 

Labour Econometrics Workshop

The School of Economics hosted the 21st Labour Econometrics Workshop (LEW 2018) at the University of Sydney on 17-18 August 2018. This year’s keynote speakers were Associate Professor Jessica Pan (NUS) and Professor Colin A. Cameron (UC-Davis). 

Behavioural and Experimental Economics and Finance Workshop

Keynote speakers for this workshop included Mohammed Abdellaoui, HEC Paris, Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne, Catherine Eckel, Texas A&M University and Keith Ericson, Boston University. 

Life Course Centre: Workshop on Intergenerational Disadvantage

Workshop on Development Economics

5th Continuing Education in Macroeconomics Workshop

Behavioural Economics: Foundations and Applied Research

4th Sydney Econometrics Research Group Workshop

11th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

10th Annual Organisational Economics Workshop

4th Sydney Macro Reading Group Workshop

3rd Australasian Cliometrics Workshop

Workshop on Development Economics

Development Policy Workshop 'The role of the private sector in economic development: evidence, policy and practice'

Workshop on environmentally adjusted productivity and efficiency