Educating the economists of tomorrow: Challenges and approaches

22 September 2021

UQ Economics Thought Leadership series

Economists continue to play an essential role in COVID-19 recovery and will help shape policy for the post-pandemic society. In a world with higher public spending and debt, coupled with more frequent shocks due to climate change, fiscal and monetary policies will become more important than ever.

To prepare for this shift, we investigate the challenges and approaches of educating the ‘economists of tomorrow’: those who will bear responsibility for shaping our economic policy responses to future shocks.

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Our panel of experts as they explore:

  • why high school economics enrolments are dropping (and how to address this issue)
  • the economics curriculum and pedagogy at UQ, and
  • human capital depreciation and potential improvements to teaching to ensure students are well equipped to tackle these future challenges. 

The UQ Economics Thought Leadership series aims to inspire, influence and promote innovative ideas and insights. We are looking forward to you being part of this important conversation.

Meet the presenters

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Professor Flavio Menezes UQ
Flavio Menezes is a Professor of Economics at The University of Queensland and works in the fields of market design and auction theory, incentives, regulation and competition. He was head of the School of Economics from January 2009 to January 2015. He joined UQ in June 2006, after more than a decade at the Australian National University, where amongst other responsibilities he was the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics. Flavio was also a part-time Vice-President with the Regulatory Economics and Public Policy Practice at CRA International in Canberra.

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Jacqui Dwyer, Reserve Bank of Australia
Jacqui Dwyer is one of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s senior economists. She has worked in various roles at the Bank involving economic research, economic analysis, monetary policy advice and central bank communication. She established the Bank’s business liaison program and more recently its public education program. Jacqui has also worked as an economist at the Bank of England, the Queensland Treasury and the former Bureau of Agricultural Economics.

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Dr Frederique Bracoud, UQ
Dr Frederique Bracoud is an economist at the University of Queensland. She has been lecturing Financial Economics and Financial Literacy at the School of Economics, University of Queensland, since 2007. As part of her scholarship of teaching, she contributed to two reviews of the Bachelor of Economics at UQ and to the digital uplift of the programme. Before joining UQ, she was a lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Keele University (UK).

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Dr Rigissa Megalokonomou, UQ
Rigissa Megalokonomou is a Lecturer of Economics at The University of Queensland and works in the fields of economics of education, labour economics, policy design and applied econometrics. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). She had also been a Committee Member for the Economic Society of Australia’s Women in Economics Network (WEN). She received a UQ Early Career Researcher grant in 2018 to explore the roles of teacher favouritism and gender peer effects on the lack of women in STEM fields. Rigissa has been collaborating with the Ministry of Education in Greece for more than a decade. The Young Economist Prize by Unicredit & Universities and the Mardi Dungey Prize are amongst Rigissa’s varied honours and fellowships.

Watch our previous Thought Leadership seminar

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