Freedom to Choose 2014
Friday 25th July 2014
Freedom to Choose is an annual one-day economics conference devoted to considering the degree to which policy makers should pursue free-market policies. There is a focus, in particular, on placing free-market ideas in their historical context and the role economists should play in policy formation. The invited conference speakers are encouraged to adopt a critical, scholarly and non-ideological stance when considering these issues. Debate is encouraged both from the floor and the podium. The 2014 Conference has the theme of "The Australian Sonderweg: Between Choice, Chance and Destiny". The conference seeks to explain the bent towards collectivism that has manifested for at least a century in various singular features of Australian society: including extensive labour market regulation, financial control, state enterprise and tariff protection, and proclivity to transfer power from smaller jurisdictions to larger ones. The conference is intended to air a range of explanations, ranging from the ‘historical legacy’ type, to personalities, to material factors. The conference is specifically designed for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students, but all interested parties are welcome. Forums will also be provided at the conference in which students can interact with established economists to discuss the benefits of pursuing honours and postgraduate qualifications in the discipline of economics, as well as careers in economics generally. It is to be held on Friday 25th July 2014 on the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame, Australia. The keynote speaker is Geoffrey Blainey. Invited speakers and panel discussants include Henry Ergas, Greg Melleuish, John Nethercote, Jonathan Pincus, Richard Pomfret and William Coleman. The formal Deadline for Registration is June 18th, but note that there is a limit of 80 attendees, and hence those seeking to register should do so as early as possible to ensure that they gain a place.