New South Wales


Policy in the Pub


From: Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:00 pm

To: Wednesday April 17, 2019, 9:00 pm

Come along to hear leading economists Ross Gittins, Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark and Jo Masters discuss key pre-election policies at a bar in the CBD.

The event caters for students and early-career professionals. It’s not limited in any way to those who’ve studied economics.  In fact, this event will be of interest to those who simply want to learn more and are absolutely encouraged to attend! The evening is intended to go beyond what is often superficial debate about policy amongst politicians and the media to hear the facts and key arguments explained in an accessible way.

This is not only an opportunity to hear from a stellar panel of experts, but also to network with other students and young professionals.

The discussion will be moderated by Peter Martin.


Date & Time: Wednesday, 17 April from 6pm for 6:15 start
Venue: City Tattersall’s Club, 194-204 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Tables of 10 can be booked for $150. Share platters are provided.

About our Panel

Deborah Cobb-Clark

Deborah Cobb-Clark is Professor of Economics at the University of Sydney. She is Director of the Program in Gender and Families at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  Deborah earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan (1990). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, she was the Ronald Henderson Professor and Director of the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne. She has also held positions at the US Labor Department, Illinois State University, and the Australian National University where she was the founding director of The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research (SPEAR) Centre. Her research agenda centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions. She has published more than four dozen academic articles in leading international journals and is a former co-editor of the Journal of Population Economics.


Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. Before joining the SMH, Ross worked as an auditor with the national chartered accounting firm, Touche Ross + Co. In 1993 he won the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in financial journalism. Ross has been a Nuffield press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. He has written and contributed to various books and periodicals. His most recent book was How Australia Compares.




Jo Masters

Jo is the Chief economist for EY’s Oceania region and has been an active part of the economic debate in Australia for the last 15 years. Passionate about driving discussions around the traditional and disruptive forces that shape the economy, Jo is a well-regarded thought leader across economic and policy issues in Australia and the global economy more broadly. Prior to joining EY, Jo was a Senior Economist in the Australian Economics Research team at ANZ, where she spearheaded research on inflation, the retail sector, and housing. Prior to that, Jo spent over a decade at Macquarie Bank. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Finance Women’s Index, which aims to measure the economic progress of Australia’s women and is also involved with SheStarts, an accelerator program for female entrepreneurs in the tech space. Jo holds a Master of Economics from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University.



Peter Martin, Moderator

Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. A former Commonwealth Treasury official and former economics editor of The Age, he has reported economics since 1985. With Dr Gigi Foster he presents The Economists on ABC Radio National. Peter was the ABC's economics correspondent from 1985 to 2002, reporting for its flagship programs AM, and PM, covering events including the floating of the dollar, the 1987 Black Tuesday stock market crash, the Asian economic crisis and the introduction of the goods and services tax. In 2000 and 2001 he was the ABC's Tokyo Correspondent. He has reported from the Canberra press gallery since 2006. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community's understanding of economics.




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City Tattersalls Club

194-204 Pitt Street Sydney, Sydney NSW 2000

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