Freedom to Choose Conference 2013, sponsored by The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Campus

Mannkal Economic Education Foundation / UNDA


Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers and Panellists

Invited speakers and panel discussants include: Geoffrey Brennan (ANU/Duke) as keynote, Richard Pomfret (Adelaide), Mac Boot (ANU), Jeremy Shearmur (ANU), J.J. Pincus (Adelaide), Tony Endres (Auckland) and John King (La Trobe).

Full biographies

Geoffrey Brennan
Australian National University, Duke University and University of North Carolina Geoffrey Brennan is one of Australia’s leading public choice theorists. He is a professor of political science at Duke University, a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina and a long standing member of faculty at the Australian National University, where he has held various senior positions in economics and is currently in the philosophy program. From 1978 to 1984 he was a professor at the Public Choice Center, Virginia Tech, where he began an extensive collaboration with the Nobel Laureate, James Buchanan. This collaboration led to The Power to Tax (1980) and The Reason of Rules (1985), and numerous articles of substance. He was editor of the journal Economics and Philosophy from 1999-2005, and has recently, with Hartmut Kliemt and Robert Tollison, edited the Collected Works of James Buchanan in twenty volumes. In 2001 he gave the Wittgenstein Lectures at the University of Bayreuth. In 2002, he became President of the Public Choice Society, the first non-American to be appointed in the forty year history of the Society. In 2003 he and Loren Lomasky were awarded the American Philosophical Association’s Gregory Kavka Prize in Political Philosophy for their paper “Is There a Duty to Vote?” Geoffrey Brennan has published over 100 articles and has recently acted as the Director of the Duke-UNC joint program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Mac Boot
Australian National University

Dr Mac Boot was a member of the Economic History Department at the Australian National University. He is adjunct professor in the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences. He is also an affiliate of the recently established Centre for Economic History in the Research School of Economics at ANU. Professor Boot’s fields of interest include the history and development of banking, monetary policy and institutions in Britain and Australia, and the history of wages and human capital formation in Britain and Australia. He has published extensively in the fields of banking history, human capital in history, and is an expert on the role of government in Australian economic development.

Anthony Endres
University of Auckland

Professor Anthony (Tony) Endres is a specialist in the history of economic thought, Austrian economics, and the history and theory of international economic policy. In addition to publishing numerous books, such as Neoclassical Microeconomic Theory: The Founding Austrian Version (1997), International Organisations and the Analysis of Economic Policy 1919-1950 (2001) Great Architects of International Finance: The Bretton Woods Era (2004), and International Financial Integration: Competing Ideas and Policies in the Post-Bretton Woods Era (2010), he has published in a wide range of international journals, including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, and History of Political Economy.

John King
La Trobe University

John King is Professor of Economics at La Trobe University. He holds a degree from Oxford University and, prior to coming out to Australia in 1988, he taught economics at the University of Lancaster. He is an authority on the history of heterodox economic thought, in particular Marxian political economy and post Keynesian macroeconomics. He has published extensively in refereed journals and his recent books include The Rise of Neoliberalism in Advanced Capitalism (2008), Nicholas Kaldor (2009) and The Microfoundations Delusion: Metaphor and Dogma in the History of Macroeconomics (2012). He was the editor of the History of Economics Review from 2000 to 2006 and oversaw the production of A Biographical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Economists (2007). John King is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and toured the country in 2012 to deliver the Keith Hancock lecture.

Jonathan Pincus
University of Adelaide

Professor Jonathan Pincus, after gaining degrees from the University of Queensland and Stanford University, held positions at the Australian National University, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and, as Principal Advisor Research, at the Productivity Commission. He received postgraduate and senior Fulbright scholarships, and held visiting positions with Stanford University, the Centre for the Study of Public Choice (Virginia) and the University of California at Santa Barbara. His PhD, “A Positive Theory of Tariff Protection Applied to Nineteenth Century United States” (1972), won the Allan Nevins Prize in American Economic History for 1973. In addition to publishing books such as Pressure Groups and Politics in Antebellum Tariffs (Columbia University Press, 1977) and Government and Capitalism: Public and Private Choice in Twentieth Century Australia (Allen and Unwin, 1982, with N.G. Butlin and A. Barnard), his research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Record, Journal of Economic History, Oxford Economic Papers and Journal of Public Economics. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Economics and member of the Institute For Mineral and Energy Resources at Adelaide University.

Richard Pomfret
University of Adelaide

Richard Pomfret, who has held a chair in economics at the University of Adelaide since 1992, is a leading authority on economic development and international economics. He has previously held positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna (Italy) and Nanjing (China), and has acted as an adviser to the Australian government, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. He was seconded to the United Nations for a year in 1993 to act as adviser on macroeconomic policy to the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. He has also worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris on several occasions while on leave from Adelaide. Richard Pomfret has published over one hundred papers and seventeen books. In 2011 he published his most recent book, The Age of Equality: The Twentieth Century in Economic Perspective, with Harvard University Press.

Jeremy Sheamur
Australian National University

Jeremy Shearmur is a former assistant of Karl Popper’s; he taught philosophy at Edinburgh, Political Theory at Manchester and the ANU, and was also Director of Studies of the Centre for Policy Studies (London), and Research Associate Professor at George Mason University. He has wide academic interests, especially in social philosophy and in ‘critical rationalism’. He has published The Political Thought of Karl Popper and Hayek and After, and was co-editor of Karl Popper, After the Open Society. He is currently finishing editorial work on Larry Briskman's Problems and their Progress, working with Geoff Stokes on The Cambridge Companion to Popper, and also working on his own volume, Living with Markets. In 2009 he was a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for the History of Political Economy in the Department of Economics at Duke University, and he expects that work that he undertook there on Hayek's intellectual development will be published in a series of papers.