Colin Clark Memorial Lecture 2021

The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks

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  • When5pm - 6pm AEST

  • WhenThursday 4 March 2021

  • WhereOnline Event

About the lecture

The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks

How does information flow through a social network impact the functioning of a market? How do markets affect people’s social networks? How are technologies shaping global social and economic networks, and what are some of the consequences for trade, conflict, and polarization? These are some of the questions that we will examine in looking at the dynamics of networks and their economic consequences.

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Order of proceedings

  1. Welcome and introduction of the guest speaker
  2. Lecture - The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks
  3. Questions and answers with the audience
  4. Thanks and close

Order of proceedings

Welcome and introduction of the guest speaker  
Lecture - The Economic Consequences and Dynamics of Social Networks  
Questions and answers with the audience  
Thanks and close  

About the speaker - Matthew Jackson

Matthew O. JacksonMatthew O. Jackson is the William D. Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University and an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. He was at Northwestern University and Caltech before joining Stanford, and received his BA from Princeton University in 1984 and PhD from Stanford in 1988.

Jackson's research interests include game theory, microeconomic theory, and the study of social and economic networks, on which he has published many articles and the books `The Human Network' and `Social and Economic Networks'. He also teaches an online course on networks and co-teaches two others on game theory.

Jackson is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Game Theory Society Fellow, and an Economic Theory Fellow, and his other honours include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Social Choice and Welfare Prize, the von Neumann Award from Rajk Laszlo College, an honorary doctorate from Aix-Marseille University, the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize from the Toulouse School of Economics, the B.E.Press Arrow Prize for Senior Economists, and teaching awards. He has served on the editorial boards of Econometrica, Games and Economic Behavior, PNAS, the Review of Economic Design, and as the President of the Game Theory Society.

About the Colin Clark Memorial Lecture

The Colin Clark Lecture is our most prestigious annual lecture and is now in its 28th year.  The Colin Clark Memorial Lecture 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 have included Professor Paul Schreyer, Deputy Chief Statistician at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Professor Erwin Diewert from the University of British Columbia; Professor Warwick McKibbon from ANU; and Professor Bart Van Ark from the Royal University of Groningen and the Conference Board (New York, USA). Over the last few years in particular, the School welcomed leading economist and Harvard Professor Dale W. Jorgenson as the guest speaker in 2014, in 2015 Professor Alison Booth, Australian National University presented a lecture entitled Gender in Economics: A Story in the Making. In 2016 the Robert A. Bandeen Professor of Economics Leslie Marx of Duke University presented a lecture advising us on “How to defend against potential collusion by your suppliers”.