COVID-19: The Australian Government's Macroeconomic Response

COVID-19: The Australian Government's Macroeconomic Response

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The current set of macroeconomic policies witnessed globally to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 "Great Lockdown" is unprecedented in magnitude and scope.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken about the transitory nature of this government spending and assistance ("snapback"), but others see this as a seminal moment in which governmental participation in the economy will expand in depth and importance.

Will the role of governments in running the economy change, and will social welfare safety nets expand? May we even witness universal basic income? Or will we witness a "snapback" to pre-COVID-19 positions?

Our panel will discuss:

- Pros and cons of the fiscal policy response to the crisis
- The economic legacy of the response
- Possible reforms to restore and strengthen economic growth and employment post-crisis


Associate Professor Renuka Mahadevan | School of Economics, University of Queensland

Renuka has extensive research experience in many of the countries in the Asia Pacific region and Australia. Her areas of interest and expertise in empirical policy analysis include development and agricultural economics, international trade and energy, the digital economy, macroeconomic modelling, and applied econometrics.

Professor Fabrizio Carmignani | Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Fabrizio Carmignani is Dean (Academic) and Professor of Economics in the Griffith Business School. His research is in the broad field of applied macroeconomics and applied econometrics. His recent publications are in the areas of conflict economics, tourism economics, policy modelling, spatial econometrics, and the economics of natural resources. He is also a member of the ARC College of Experts.

Professor Tony Makin | Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Tony Makin is Professor of Economics at Griffith University, and has previously served as an International Consultant Economist with the IMF Institute based in Singapore and as an economist in the federal departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has published widely on Australian and international macroeconomic policy issues, many with an Asia-Pacific focus.


Professor Sara Davies | Griffith Business School, Griffith University

Sara Davies is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. Her research interests are in global health governance, health diplomacy and prevention of sexual violence in conflict situations. She has published in Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, and International Affairs.

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Phone: (07) 3735 7557


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