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Conference in honour of Emeritus Professor John Nevile

J. W. Nevile 
Emeritus Professor
J. W. Nevile


To celebrate the distinguished career of Professor John Nevile, the School of Economics and the Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER) at the University of New South Wales are hosting a one day symposium dedicated to economic and public policy ideas that have been close to John’s own research interests and contributions. The conference is also being held to celebrate John’s 80th birthday this year.


Date: Wednesday, 10 October, 2012
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Location: Business Lounge, Australian School of Business, UNSW



A number of distinguished international and Australian economists from both academic and public policy circles and the financial markets have been invited to speak at the conference and give papers.


The conference proceedings will be published, subject to peer review,  in a special issue of The Economic and Labour Relations Review which will be devoted to John. This is particularly significant as John was instrumental in setting up the journal, and served as its Foundation Editor for a number of years.


It will be a great day in keeping with John’s wonderful legacy to Economics and Public policy in Australia. We hope you can join John, his family and colleagues to mark the occasion


About John Nevile


PhD and Master of Arts, University of California, Berkeley
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Australia


John Nevile was Professor of Economics at UNSW 1965-1992, and is now Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 1972 and was President of the Economics Society of Australia from 1980 to 1984. John has been a member of government advisory bodies and has also been a consultant for major Australian Government enquiries and for the IMF.


In recent years his research interests have been in the fields of macroeconomic policy, unemployment and history of economic thought, with also an interest in economics and ethics. In 2000 he received the Distinguished Fellow Medal of the Economic Society of Australia.


J.W. Nevile Fellow in Economics - Tim Harcourt

The J.W. Nevile Fellowship is named in honour of Emeritus Professor John Nevile, who commenced his employment at UNSW in 1965. Amongst his contributions to the University, he has been Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Head of the School of Economics, and Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research.


Tim Harcourt joined UNSW from a distinguished career as Chief Economist at Austrade (the Australian Trade Commission), having previously worked for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (now Fair Work Australia) and the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Tim promotes ‘Economics at UNSW’ to the public including highlighting the expertise in the School of Economics and the Australian School of Business,  engaging with business leaders to facilitate the development of ARC Linkage Grants and promoting the study of Economics to students.
He will also be teaching international business strategy for AGSM Executive Education, as well as building ASB’s profile in Asia, South America and emerging markets. Tim is also teaching an international business MBA course to China in December 2012 and will be expanding this project to the rest of Asia, Latin America (especially Brazil) and emerging markets.
He is exceptionally well connected with business and government, both in Australia and internationally, but is perhaps best known for his popular book “The Airport Economist”. In this book, Tim Harcourt travelled the globe in chase of Australian international business success and to unravel the economic life of the many countries he visited. He talked to business leaders, entrepreneurs, employees, government officials, academics, farmers and celebrities to uncover the world of export beyond economic text books and financial spreadsheets.


His next book “The Airport Economist Flies Again” will be launched in 2014 along with a TV series also titled “The Airport Economist”.
Tim is an active commentator in the Australian and international media on economic and trade issues, and appears regularly on TV and radio shows including  Lateline Business , Bloomberg, and CNBC Asia. Tim also writes for a number of major publications including The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian and The OECD Observer.

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