ACT Branch

Branch AGM

AGM for 2018 will be held at 5:40pm on the 4th November 2018, prior to seminar at ABARES, 44 Mort Street Braddon. 

Please contact the Paul Burke (president) if you are interested in joining the committee for 2019.

Current
PositionFull NameMailing AddressEmail
PresidentPaul J. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601
paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au
TreasurerTony WebsterPO Box 1863
FYSHWICK ACT 2609
tony.webster@policypartners.com.au
SecretaryKai Wakerman Powell16/15 Macpherson St
O'CONNOR ACT 2602
Kai.Wakerman.Powell@aither.com.au
Manager Promotion and DevelopmentSarah CumpstonGRDC Level 4
4 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
sarah.cumpston@grdc.com.au
CommitteeMr Manann Alan Donoghoe26 Canning Street
AINSLIE ACT 2602
Manannan.Donoghoe@agriculture.gov.au
CommitteeJeff W BennettCrawford School of Public policy
Canberra, ACT 0200
jeff.bennett@anu.edu.au
CommitteeTim CaponCSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
GPO Box 1700
CANBERRA ACT 2601
tim.capon@csiro.au
CommitteeDr David VanzettiCrawford School of Public Policy
Lennox Crossing
Australian National University
CANBERRA ACT 0200
david.vanzetti@anu.edu.au
CommitteeJenny Eather17/103 Canberra Ave
GRIFFITH ACT 2603
jennyeather@yahoo.com.au
Branch CouncillorPaul J. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601
paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au

Next event:  Seminar and AGM

Note 2018 AGM will run at briefly at 5:40 before the seminar. 

Speaker: Nadia Streletskaya
Title: Organic wine labels: how does information about production practices impact consumer demand?

When: Tuesday 4 December 2018, 5.30pm. AGM start: 5.40pm. Evening finish: 6.45pm
Where: Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, 44 Mort Street, Braddon, ACT
Cost: This is a free event.  Membership is available here
RSVP: Eventbrite  

Abstract: Using an artefactual experiment with 128 adult non-student participants, we investigate consumer demand for conventional wine, organic wine, and wine made with organic grapes when information about production standards is provided to participants with and without details regarding conventional winemaking practices. We find that while both organic labels carry a significant and very similar willingness-to-pay (WTP) premium, any information about production processes and certification standards universally reduces WTP. When information about conventional winemaking practices is also provided, however, WTP rebounds for organic wine, but not for wine made with organic grapes or conventional wine.
 
Bio: Nadia A. Streletskaya is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Economics department at Oregon State University. Her research looks at consumer demand in the presence of food labeling, social influences on consumer behavior, food choices under various anti-obesity policies and advertising, and the impact of time on consumer preferences. Current research interests also include the use of innovative data collection and experimental methods in applied economics research.
Chocolate will be served.
  

Previous events

Date  Presenter  Topic
2 Oct 2018 Jared Greenville Global value chains for agriculture and food
15 Aug 2018 Steve Hatfield-Dodds Mind the gap: Some tensions in giving economic policy advice
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

 

Essay competition 

The 2018 ACT AARES Student Economics Essay Competition is now open.

There are two categories, one for undergraduate students (including Honours), the other for postgraduate students.
Entries can be made at any stage from now until 5pm Monday 12 November 2018.
The winners will be announced in late 2018.
See details below for each competition:

Undergraduates (including Honours)

- Entrants must be enrolled at a university in the ACT 
- Feel free to submit either an essay written for your university coursework or a new essay written specially for this competition 
- Essays of any length can be submitted. Note that judges value the ability to express ideas concisely
- The winner of the undergraduate essay competition will receive $150 and be awarded one year of student membership of AARES
- Entries are to please be emailed to paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – undergraduate student” as the subject heading. Your email should state your university and student number

Postgraduates (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD students)

- Entrants must be enrolled at a university in the ACT 
- Feel free to submit either an essay written for your university coursework or a new essay written specially for this competition 
- Essays of any length can be submitted. Note that judges value the ability to express ideas concisely
- The winner of the postgraduate essay competition will receive $500 and be awarded one year of student membership of AARES
- Entries are to please be emailed to paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – postgraduate student” as the subject heading. Your email should state your university and student number

Link to Essay Competition Flyer HERE