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AASLE Conference, Canberra, Dec 2017

AASLE Conference, Canberra, Dec 2017

ANU Hosts World Leading Labour Economists

11 December 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Economics (RSE) has hosted a top level meeting of world leading Labour Economists, to discuss and promote research and cooperation in Labour and Applied Economics research across the region.

The meeting of The Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) hosted more than 400 economists, government and policy analysts in Canberra, Australia, from 7-9 December 2017.

Conference organiser Professor Bob Gregory from RSE said this conference is a major initiative in labour economics, and is the beginning of an established Australasian network of policy and labour markets.

“There are strong networks in Europe and the US, but not in Asia.  We will fill this gap.”

“We have started this network, and the beginning has been very successful, there are 400 people attending our inaugural conference, representing academic researchers from 26 countries, and major policy analysts from government.” Professor Gregory said.

“ANU is proud to be part of this new adventure.”

Professor Rabee Tourky, Director of the ANU Research School of Economics agreed, that AASLE2017 was a significant step forward in ANU’s commitment to advancing labour economics research in Australia and the region.

"The ANU is distinguished in Australia as having always been at the forefront of labour economics research.” Professor Tourky said.

“Our Economics program was led for many decades by Bob Gregory who drew together Australia's leading Labour Economics team.”

“Bob's leadership was sorely missed following the reforms by the former ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Chubb. Christian Dustmann with the tremendous support of ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, agreed that we need to leverage Bob's legacy and reintermediate that legacy through concrete investment in the field.”

“The Asian and Australasian Labour Economics (AASLE) conference kick starts this investment and signals the re-emergence of ANU as a powerhouse for research in Labour Economics."

Professor Tourky adds  "Frankly, this is the best conference that Australia has ever seen in Economics and to me this speaks to both Bob's legacy and the commitment of the ANU to Labour Economics under the leadership of ANU's greatest ever Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt"

The ANU Economics program has long been the epicentre for Labour Economics research in Australia says Professor Tourky.

“The research focused, and National Institute Grant funded, Economics program at RSE has been Australia's scholarly hub for Labour Economics research for decades, with luminaries such as Xin Meng the world’s top Labour Economics China expert, Alison Booth who works on gender and Labour union issues, Bruce Chapman who has made seminal contributions to income contingent government loans, and Christian Dustmann who has a joint appointment with University College London (UCL).”

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