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Dr. Martin Parkinson. Photo: CBE

Dr. Martin Parkinson. Photo: CBE

Martin Parkinson launches First Friday Economics

26 March 2019

The Research School of Economics (RSE) and the ACT Branch of the Economics Society of Australia have teamed up in an exciting new initiative that aims to enrich the professional and social lives of Canberra economists. It is called First Friday Economics and will run each month, attracting top economists speakers and providing a setting for young economists to meet and learn.

Dr Martin Parkinson, the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, spoke at its inaugural session. He discussed the role of economists in public policy and expanded on this to say that economists should not be ‘for’ any particular interest group or identity, but rather, focused on the wellbeing of individuals

Ross Gittins, Economics Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, commented on the talk, “If you’re tempted by the shocking thought that economists end up as handmaidens to the rich and powerful – as I’m tempted – Dr Martin Parkinson wishes to remind us that’s not how it’s supposed to be. The first mission of economists is to make this world a better world, he says. But don’t expect it to make you popular.”

Community for economists

The monthly sessions will provide a congenial setting to encourage the interaction of young economists in Canberra and give them the opportunity to hear a short address from a major Canberra economist.

Associate Professor Ben Phillips, the new Director of the Centre of Economic Policy Research, opened the event.

“It gives a lot of young economists around Canberra the opportunity to meet each other and listen to some of the best speakers in Australia, with great experience in public policy, economics, academia and business. The opportunities for economists in Canberra are very strong—hopefully they find these presentations interesting, and it sparks their interest to stay on in Canberra,” says Ben.

The next Friday First Economics will be on April 5. Entrance is free and refreshments are provided.

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