ACT Branch

Branch AGM

The ACT Branch holds its annual AGM in November/December each year.

PositionFull NameMailing AddressEmail
PresidentPaul J. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
TreasurerTony Webster60 Investigator Street
SecretaryMr Kai E. Wakerman PowellABARES
44 Mort St
CommitteeMs Sarah Caroline Smith18 Marcus Clarke St
Manager Promotion and DevelopmentSarah CumpstonGRDC Level 4
4 National Circuit
CommitteeJeff W BennettCrawford School of Public policy
Canberra, ACT 0200
CommitteeTim CaponCSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
GPO Box 1700
CommitteeDr David VanzettiCrawford School of Public Policy
Lennox Crossing
Australian National University
CommitteeJenny Eather17/103 Canberra Ave
Branch CouncillorPaul J. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University

Next seminar: "Mind the gap: Some tensions in giving economic policy advice"

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences

Time - 5.30pm for a 5.45 start. Finish: 6.45pm
Venue - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, 44 Mort Street, Braddon, ACT
Cost - This is a free event
RSVP through Eventbrite  


Economics and economists make important contributions to public policy. However, challenges can emerge when economic assumptions and habits do not align well with policy needs and context. Steve’s seminar will explore three examples of gaps between economic theory and policy needs, that can trap the unwary when providing real world policy advice. Steve will start by exploring the implications of taking the foundation of cost benefit analysis (the logic of a potential Pareto improvement) more seriously, drawing on empirical insights from behavioural economics. The second tension is problem framing: using water pricing as an example, Steve will show how analysis focused on marginal impacts can be at odds with policy to promote efficient long term development pathways. The last tension involves so called ‘wicked problems’ that emerge during highly polarised debates, where values may only be weakly commensurate and ‘representative citizens’ are scarce. In each case, Steve will encourage professional economists to go deeper, and be right for the right reasons.

Chocolate will be provided to stimulate a lively conversation.



Steve Hatfield-Dodds joined ABARES as Executive Director in August 2017. He is passionate about ABARES delivering high-quality evidence and analysis, and contributing to our national conversation on how we promote sustainable prosperity and best manage the natural assets that underpin Australia’s economy and wellbeing. Steve is one of Australia’s leading researchers on integrated approaches to natural resource management, global change and sustainability. His work over the past 20 years has focused on the theory and practice of crafting policies to support sustainable prosperity, that account for multiple values and work within real world democratic institutions and social processes. His previous career includes senior roles in government policy agencies, research, and private consulting. Before joining ABARES, Steve led the integrated science and modelling capacity that produced the CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2015. He has published in journals including Nature, Science, Agricultural Systems, Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Change, and Ecology and Society.


Previous events

Date  Presenter  Topic
19 Jun 2018 John Madden (Productivity Commission) National water reform
10 Apr 2018 Ann Hillberg Seitzinger (USDA) Estimating the potential economic impact of wheat stem rust in the US
15 Feb 2018 Peter Cramton (University of Maryland) Markets for road use: eliminating congestion through scheduling, routing, and real-time road pricing
27 Nov 2017 Quentin Grafton (ANU) The Next Great Transformation
26 Oct 2017 Alan Swinbank (University of Reading/ANU) Brexit: Possible implications for UK agricultural trade policies
17 Oct 2017
Dodo Thampapillai (National University of Singapore)
Environmental macroeconomics: A neglected theme in environmental economics
26 Sep 2017 Kym Anderson (University of Adelaide; ANU) Australia’s comparative advantage in wine: Why so slow to emerge?
29 Aug 2017 Syed Hasan (ANU) Estimating price elasticities of demand for food in Australia: Implications for GST reform
25 July 2017 Tim Capon (CSIRO) Economic resilience from the perspective of a decision-maker
20 June 2017 Robert Costanza (ANU) Payment for ecosystem services and common asset trusts
23 May 2017 Gabriela Scheufele (ANU) Pricing biodiversity  protection: A payment for environmental services scheme in Lao PDR
26 Apr 2017 Neal Hughes (ABARES) Climate adjusted productivity on cropping farms
21 Mar 2017 David Vanzetti (ANU), Rohan Best (ANU), Zsuzsanna Csereklyei (ANU) Brexit: Implications for agricultural exporters
The importance of government effectiveness for the electricity sector in developing countries
Technology choices in the U.S. electricity industry before and after market restructuring
15 Feb 2017 Yu (Eric) Sheng (ABARES) Exploring the relationship between farm size and productivity
14 Dec 2016 Quentin Grafton (ANU) Responding to the global food water nexus
18 Oct 2016 Tim Bradley (Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) Highlights from the Resources and Energy Quarterly
5 Oct 2016 Shiro Armstrong (ANU) Priorities in Australia's regional economic diplomacy
24 Aug 2016 Stuart Whitten (CSIRO) Economists and economic thinking - influences on the Qld Government’s Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Taskforce
26 Jul 2016 Nilar Aung (ANU), Alrick Campbell (ANU), Jeremy van Dijk (ANU/ABARES)  Early Career Researcher showcase - part 2
12 Jul 2016 Yu (Eric) Sheng (ABARES) Australian dairy industry – deregulation and productivity growth
24 May 2016 Rohan Best (ANU), Kimlong Chheng (ANU), Sarah Smith (University of Sydney/ABARES) Early Career Researcher showcase - part 1
19 Apr 2016 Paul Burke (ANU) Direct action subsidies – an effective approach?
29 Mar 2016 Jeff Bennett (ANU) Protecting the environment: privately
14 Dec 2015 Julia Talbot-Jones (ANU), Ryan Edwards (ANU), Paul Wyroll (ANU) Branch AGM and end of year celebration, with short presentations from three early career researchers.
7 Dec 2015 Hazel Moir (ANU) Are trade treaties really about trade anymore? Even the Trans-Pacific Partnership? (Joint AARES/ESA event)
30 Sep 2015 Peter Warr (ANU) How agricultural research contributes to productivity growth and poverty reduction in Indonesia
11 Aug 2015 Huong Dinh (University of Canberra) Recent trends in community economic resilience in Australia
3 Aug 2015 Stefan Mann (Agroscope, Switzerland) Responsibility goods: where charity meets consumption (Joint AARES/ESA event)
20 July 2015 Neal Hughes (ANU/ABARES) Water property rights in rivers with large dams
2 Jul 2015 Erick Hansnata (UC) with Phil Townsend (MDBA) as discussant Migration in the Murray Darling Basin
13 May 2015 Frank Jotzo (ANU) and David Stern (ANU) Why Australia’s climate policy collapsed, and what it means for environmental economics/ Directed technological change, energy and the British industrial revolution
15 Apr 2015 Megan Evans (ANU) Assisted natural generation is good for the climate, biodiversity and could make you $$$
19 Mar 2015 Tony Makin (Griffith University) Australia's collapsed competitiveness - causes and cures (Joint AARES/Crawford school event)


Essay competitions 

2017 Essay competition is now concluded.
Congratulations to our winners:
Undergraduate: Adrian Carl
Postgraduate: John Catriz

2018 Essay competition details will be announced in 2018.