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LIVESTREAM Bringing Back the Economy

27 May 2020
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEST
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For Australians, the end of the Covid-19 lockdown is in sight, and a return to some semblance of normalcy is on the horizon. As our focus shifts from the virus and its immediate impact to social recovery, the economy will take centre stage. The government has a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy, and they are not short of advice.

Which direction will they choose? Is it time for ambitious market reforms, or to maintain the social safety net that has won them so many new fans? Is there a chance of a fairer nation, or are we looking down the barrel of post-pandemic austerity? 

Join a panel of our most interesting economists and commentators, Joshua Gans, Richard Holden, Judith Sloan and Jennifer Hewett (chair) to tackle the big questions we need to answer if we are to make the best economic recovery that we can.

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This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas.




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Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans

Joshua Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management and holder of the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). Joshua is also Chief Economist of the University of Toronto's Creative Destruction Lab. He is the author of the recently published book from MIT Press, Economics in the Age of COVID-19.

Richard Holden

Richard Holden

Richard Holden is a Professor of Economics at UNSW Sydney and President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He was formerly on the faculty at MIT and the University of Chicago, and earned a PhD from Harvard University. He has published numerous papers in top economics journals and is a regular columnist at The Australian Financial Review.

Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan

Judith Sloan is a professional economist. She holds degrees from the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics. She worked for many years at Flinders University of South Australia, becoming Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies.  She was appointed Professor in 1988. She was honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She has held a number of government appointments, including Commissioner of the Productivity Commission; Commissioner of the Australian Fair Pay Commission; member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council; and Deputy Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has sat on the boards of a number of companies including: Mayne Nickless; SGIO Insurance; Santos; Westfield Group and Primelife, where she was also Chairman. She is currently the Contributing Economics Editor with The Australian newspaper.

Jennifer Hewett

Jennifer Hewett


Jennifer Hewett is the National Affairs Columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Australia’s national financial and political paper.  She writes a daily column for page two of the paper focused on business and political issues. Jennifer has been a journalist for more than three decades, working in Canberra, Sydney and the US for major Australian papers owned by News and Fairfax. She also appears regularly on tv and radio.

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