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Economics, Economists and Public Policy in Australia

Chairman's speech

Gary Banks gave the opening address to the 40th Australian Conference of Economists Symposium, Does Australian public policy get the economics it deserves? on the 14 July 2011 at the Shine Dome in Canberra.

Contents

Introduction

What sort of 'economics'?

What sort of 'process'?
Easily said

How 'deserving' are Australian economists?
The academics
The bureaucrats
The consultants
The journalists

The bottom line

References