Colin Clark Memorial Lecture

The Colin Clark Memorial Lecture is our most prestigious annual event, now in its 29th year. 

It is held each year to recognise Dr Colin Clark’s outstanding contribution to the field of economics. Dr Colin Clark was a UQ Economics academic whose work on national income accounting was fundamentally important to the development of macroeconomics and to the approach of John Maynard Keynes. Dr Clark's greatest contribution to economics was his pioneering role in the construction of national accounts.

Previous speakers

Year Speaker
Inaugural 1991 Emeritus Professor Jim O.N. Perkins
Second 1992 Emeritus Professor Heinz Wolfgang Arndt
Third 1993 Professor Peter Groenewegen
Fourth 1994 Emeritus Professor H.M. (Ted) Kolsen
Fifth 1995 Professor Warren Hogan
Sixth 1996 Dr Peter Crossman
Seventh 1997 Professor Geoffrey Harcourt
Eighth 1998 Mr Ian Castles
Ninth 1999 Mr Ted Evans
Tenth 2000 Professor Bob Gregory
Eleventh 2001

Dr Peter McCawley, Asian Poverty: What can be Done?

Twelfth 2002 Mr Ian Macfarlane
Thirteenth 2003 Mr Angus Maddison
Fourteenth 2004 Professor Allan Fels Ao
Fifteenth 2005 Professor Stan Metcalfe CBE
Sixteenth 2006 Professor Alan Heston
Seventeenth 2007 Professor Ian Harper
Eighteenth 2008 Mr Gary Banks AO
Nineteenth 2009 Dr David Gruen, What Have We Learnt? The Great Depression in Australia from the Perspective of Today
Twentieth 2010 Professor Erwin Diewert
Twenty-first 2011 Professor Stephen King
Twenty-second 2012 Professor Ross Garnaut
Twenty-third 2013 Professor John Quiggin, National Accounting and the Digital Economy: The Case of the NBN
Twenty-fourth 2014 Professor Dale Jorgenson, Australia and the Growth of the World Economy
Twenty-fifth 2015 Professor Alison Booth
Twenty-sixth 2016 Professor Leslie M. Marx
Twenty-seventh 2017 Professor John Quiggin
Twenty-eighth 2018 Professor Daniel Zizzo
Twenty-ninth 2019 Professor Alicia Rambaldi
Thirtieth 2021 Matthew Jackson


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Matthew O. Jackson

The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks

4 March 2021 5:00pm6:00pm
Matthew O. Jackson, William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute, presents the 2021 Colin Clark Memorial lecture on The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks.
Professor Alicia Rimbaldi

International comparison methods

31 October 2019 5:15pm7:30pm
Professor Alicia Rambaldi delivers the 2019 Colin Clark Memorial Lecture on how international comparison methods have evolved to adapt to our ever-changing global environment.
Daniel Zizzo

Decision making, how to change it and why it matters 

17 October 2018 4:00pm6:00pm
Professor Daniel Zizzo delivers the 2018 Colin Clark Memorial Lecture on how the experimental and behavioural study of decision making can have important policy implications. 

Unscrambling the Toll Road Egg

3 August 2017 8:00am10:00am
John Quiggin delivers the Colin Clark Lecture on how toll roads lock irrational pricing and options for a more effective approach.