Freedom to Choose Conference 2012, sponsored by The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Campus

Sponsored by: Mannkal Economic Education Foundation / UNDA

Welcome to Freedom to Choose 2012: The Rise of Free Trade Sentiment in Australia in the Twentieth Century

Freedom to Choose is an annual one-day economics conference devoted to considering the degree to which policy makers should pursue free-market policies. There is a focus, in particular, on placing free-market ideas in their historical context and the role economists should play in policy formation. The invited conference speakers are encouraged to adopt a critical, scholarly and non-ideological stance when considering these issues. Dissent is encouraged both from the floor and the podium.

The 2012 Conference has the sub-theme of "The Rise of Free Trade Sentiment in Australia in the Twentieth Century". The speakers will consider the contributions made by Australian economists to modelling a small-open economy, the extent to which such an economy prospers if trade across its national borders remains free, and the shift in sentiment from protectionism to free trade that took place in Australia in the Twentieth Century.
The conference is specifically designed for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, but all interested parties are welcome. Forums will also be provided at the conference in which students can interact with established economists to discuss the wisdom of pursuing honours and postgraduate qualifications in the discipline of economics, as well as careers in economics generally.

It is to be held on Friday 27th of July 2012 on the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame, Australia.

The keynote speaker is Max Corden (Melbourne and Johns Hopkins).

Invited speakers and panel discussants include: Peter Lloyd (Melbourne), Jonathan Pincus (Adelaide), Rod Tyers (UWA), William Coleman (ANU), Paul Oslington (ACU), David Vines (Oxford) and Anthony Endres (Auckland).

The formal Deadline for Registration is June 27th, but note that there is a limit of 80 attendees, and hence those seeking to register should do so as early as possible to ensure that they gain a place.


The conference is kindly sponsored by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and The University of Notre Dame, Australia.