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Updated 25 Jun 2013

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The History of Economic Thought Society of Australia will host the 26th conference in Perth, July, 2013.

The conference sessions will commence on Thursday, 4 July and will run through to lunch time on Saturday 6 July.  The conference sessions will be convened in the Case Study Room at The University Club of Western Australia, on the edge of the beautiful Swan River, Western Australia.

The HETSA conference reception will be held in the Kingswood room at Trinity College Wednesday 3rd July from 7.30pm to 9pm.

All members of HETSA, especially the younger members of our Society, are encouraged to present their research at this conference. But the conference is not limited HETSA members. Contributors to the History of Economic Thought from other HET Societies around the world are also most welcome to register and participate at this conference.

HETSA is very pleased to thank the following sponsors: The University of Western Australia's Business School; The Curtin University School of Accounting, Accounting History Initiative; the 2013 Freedom to Choose Conference; and the 2013 Australian Conference of Economists.

We are very fortunate to have three eminent keynote speakers for the 2013 Conference.

Steven Medema, University of Colorado Denver

Topic: The Coase Theorem and the (Re)Birth of ‘Law and Economics’: Disciplinary Battles and Contested Boundaries in the 1970s. Read biography

Dr. Medema is a Professor of Economics and the Director of UC Denver's University Honors and Leadership Program. His research focuses on the history of twentieth-century economics, and his latest book,The Hesitant Hand: Taming Self-Interest in the History of Economic Ideas (Princeton, 2009), was awarded the 2010 Book Prize by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.

He has served as Editor of the Journal of the History of Economic Thought (1999-2008) and was elected President of the History of Economics Society for 2009-2010.

Geoffrey Brennan, Australian National University & Duke University

Topic: Disinterring Adam Smith's Economic Demography. Read biography

Professor Geoffrey Brennan works actively on issues at the intersection of economics, rationality, and political philosophy. In addition to his position at the University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill for one semester each year, Brennan is a professor at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is Director of the Duke-UNC joint program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).

Brennan is the author of nine books, over 100 articles and maintains a keen intrest in intellectual history.

Robert Sugden, University of East Anglia

Topic: Reclaiming virtue ethics for economics: a reconstruction of a tradition of liberal thought. Read biography

Robert Sugden is a Professor in the School of Economics, at the University of East Anglia. His research uses a combination of theoretical, experimental and philosophical methods to investigate issues in welfare economics, social choice, choice under uncertainty, the foundations of decision and game theory, the methodology of economics, and the evolution of social conventions.

He is  included in the ISI Highly Cited list and importantly for intellectual historians he has published on the history of economic thought.

Our special guest

At the Conference Dinner, Bob Gregory (ANU) will present Some Reflections on the History of Australian Economics.

Other Economics Conferences in Perth before and after HETSA 2013:

  • The 4th Freedom to Choose Conference will be convened at the University of Notre Dame Australia on 2 July 2013. The theme of the conference is Government Failure.
    HETSA would like to thank the organisers of the Freedom to Choose conference for bringing Professor Brennan to Perth
  • The Economic Society of Australia’s 42nd Australian Conference of Economists commences on the 7-10 July 2013 at Murdoch University.
    HETSA would like to thank the organisers of the Australian Conference of Economists for bringing Professor Sugden to Perth