Melbourne Business School Events The Human Dimension of Good Economic Policy-making

The Human Dimension of Good Economic Policy-making

Thursday, 27 August 2020
5.00 PM - 6.00 PM
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Presented by the Economic Society of Australia (Qld) in conjunction with the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, the annual Ted Evans Public Policy lecture honours the significant contributions of Ted Evans AC to the development and implementation of effective economic policy.

The late Ted Evans, like many of his generation, understood innately that economic policy-making affects people’s lives in more fundamental ways than numbers can ever capture. It is therefore incumbent upon economists when formulating public policy advice to remain open to the human dimensions of what can otherwise become abstract and clinical calculations.

In this lecture, Melbourne Business School Dean Professor Ian Harper will draw on his extensive policy experience in financial regulation, wages policy, competition policy and, most recently, monetary policy during the pandemic to discuss the ways in which his own approach to good economic policy-making has been shaped by Ted’s example in keeping one eye on how the policy advice translates into the lives of ordinary people.