Federation Business School

29th History of Economic Thought Society of Australia Conference

Further information

The History of Economic Thought Society of Australia (HETSA) will hold its 29th conference in Melbourne, 13-15 July 2016, hosted by Federation Business School, of Federation University Australia.

The conference will commence with a reception late afternoon Wednesday 13 July and sessions will run all day Thursday and Friday 14-15 July, with our conference dinner on Thursday evening. The reception and conference dinner will both occur at Mantra on the Park.

The special speaker for this years conference will be Dr Tiago Mata, from the University of London. Your conference convenor is Dr Alex Millmow.

Submission of sessions comprising three papers, or a single paper to be allocated to a session by the organiser, are welcome. The history of economics will be interpreted broadly, and historical papers on both mainstream and heterodox economics are welcome. Early submission of papers is encouraged and submissions of abstracts and/or full papers may be made at any time until the 31st of May 2016. Submissions will be refereed on a rolling basis, with a view to decisions on papers as soon as possible after submission. Full papers have a greater probability of being accepted, especially from less established scholars. We do not generally have discussants, finding that open question time leads to more vigorous and fruitful exchanges.

For any conference enquiries or to submit a paper, please email Associate Professor Alex Millmow at a.millmow@federation.edu.au


Wednesday 13 july

6:30 – 8:30 - Welcome cocktails at the penthouse suite. 17th floor, Mantra on the park, 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

Thursday 14 July

From 8:30 – 9:00 - Registration and Refreshments

8:50 - Official Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 - Opening treats

Chair: Alex Millmow

Nobuhiko Nakazawa (Kansai University, Osaka) - paper (pdf, 127kb)

Reviewing Edmund Burke’s Concept of “Revolution”: an Overlooked Aspect of the Burke-Paine Controversy

Geoffrey Brooke (Auckland University of Technology), Tony Endres and Alan Rodgers (University of Auckland) - abstract (pdf, 57kb), paper (pdf, 550kb)

Does New Zealand Economics have a useful past? The Example of Trade Policy and Economic Development

Nikola Regent (ANU)

‘In the shadow of Lacedaemon: Guicciardini and Mably on Wealth and Virtue’.

Morning Tea:  10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:45 - A Tribute to Michael Schneider

Chair: John King

John King (La Trobe University and Federation University) - paper (pdf, 123kb)

‘A Conversation with Michael Schneider’

Comments from Bruce Littleboy (Uni of Queensland) Ray Petridis (University of Notre Dame)

11:45 – 1:00 - 20th Century Economics and Marx's Ghost

Chair: Michael McClure

Rogerio Arthmar (Universidade Federal do Esperito Santo, Brazil) and Michael McClure (University of Western Australia) - paper (pdf, 257kb)

‘Sraffa, Myrdal and the 1961 Soderstrom Gold Medal’.

Craig Freedman (UNSW) - abstract (pdf, 9kb), paper (pdf, 228kb)

‘The Curmudgeon as Teacher: Afternoon Coffee with Mark Blaug’.

Pablo Ahumada (La Trobe University) - abstract (pdf, 77kb)

‘The Personal Relations underpinning Commodity Exchange and Consumption’

Lunch 1:00 – 2:00 - (Includes a brief tour and talk on the Royal Society of Victoria Building)

1:30 - History of Economics Editorial Board meeting

2:00 – 3:00 - Australian Economic Journalism

Chair: Paul Oslington

Ross Gittins (Sydney Morning Herald) - paper (pdf, 81kb)

A slightly defensive critique of Australian economic journalism

Gerard Noonan (Former editor of the Australian Financial Review) - paper (pdf, 157kb)

‘The early years of the Australian Financial Review and its impact on public policy’

3:00 – 3:30 - The Future for the History of Economics Review

Chairs: Alex Millmow, Bruce Littleboy, and Geoff Brooke

Joshua Pitt (Taylor and Francis) and Nicola Muller (Taylor and Francis)

Afternoon Tea 3:30 – 3:50

3:50 – 5:20 - 20th Century economics

Chair: Greg Moore

Jeremy Shearmur (ANU) - paper (pdf, 275kb)

‘Economic Non-Interventionists in mid Twentieth Century America’

Yasuhito Imaike (Osaka Prefecture University) - abstract (pdf, 77kb), paper (pdf, 185kb)

‘Liberty: the viewpoints of Hayek and Polanyi’

Shrimpai Yamamoto (Osaka City University) - abstract (pdf, 98kb), paper (pdf, 257kb)

‘New liberalism in interwar Japan: A study of the magazine, The New Liberalism 1931-33’.

Shigeki Tomo (Kyoto-Sangyo University) - paper (pdf, 338kb)

'Hayek in the Roaring Twenties'

Annual General Meeting of HETSA to take place at Mantra on the Park 5.30pm

6:30 until 10:00 - Conference Dinner

The Terrace Café, Mantra on the Park (50 paces to the left of the Royal Society Building) at 333 Exhibition St.

Friday 15 July

9:00 – 10:40 - The classics (25 minutes per speaker)

Chair: Tony Endres

Satoshi Fujimura (Hokkaido University) - abstract (pdf, 43kb), paper (pdf, 133kb)

‘The hope of working in labour markets; the views of Nassau Senior on the Principle of Less Eligibility’

Sean Kimpton (Auckland University of Technology) - abstract (pdf, 51kb)

‘Smith, Mill and Say on Taxation’

Ryan Walter (Uni of Queensland) - abstract (pdf, 74kb)

‘Smith’s Invisible Hand in Malthus and Ricardo’

Maxine Montaigne (LSE) - paper (pdf, 767kb)

‘How Malthusian was the Malthusian league? Charles Bradlaugh, Annie Besant and the Rhetoric of Family Limitation in late 19th Britain’

Morning Tea:  10:40 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00 - Keynote address

Chair: Tim Thornton

Tiago Mata (University College London) - abstract (pdf, 30kb)

‘When schools of economics become social movements; lessons from the history of radical economics’

11:50 – 12:40 - Christian Economics

Chair: Geoff Brooke

Paul Oslington (Alphacrucis College) - abstract (pdf, 14kb)

‘A history of failed attempts to create a ‘Christian Economics’’

Chris White (ANU) - abstract (pdf, 52kb), paper (pdf, 234kb)

‘Frank Knight on Competition’.

Lunch 12:40 – 1:30

1:30 – 3:00 British Economics

Chair: Jerry Courvisanos

John King (La Trobe University and Federation University) - abstract (pdf, 11kb), paper(pdf, 129kb)

‘Hugh Dalton and the Case for Pigovian Socialism’

John Ballantyne - abstract (pdf, 21kb)

‘Britain’s ‘Two Terrible Twins’: How Friedmanism came to the UK’

Jerry Courvisanos (Federation University) - abstract (pdf, 33kb), paper (pdf, 151kb)

‘Back to the future: Bringing Pluralism back into Mainstream Economics Teaching’

Afternoon Tea 3:00 – 3:30

3:30 – 5:00 - Marshal and Irving

Chair: Tiago Mata (UCL)

Miriam Bankovsky (La Trobe University) - abstract (pdf, 32kb), paper (pdf, 140kb)

‘Alfred Marshall on familial economic behaviour: the role of family in supporting an “ethical” capitalism’

Mashashi Kondo (Osaka Prefecture University) - paper (pdf, 170kb)

‘A Composite quasi-rent and organic growth on Marshall’s economics’

Akira OU (Osaka University) - abstract (pdf, 36kb), paper (pdf, 330kb)

‘The Reference of Marshall’s writing after the early studies  progress of the working class 1832-1867

Toomas Truuvert (Macquarie University) - abstract (pdf, 12kb), paper (pdf, 2.6MB)

‘He never considered the philosophical foundations of economic life’: Rebutting R.L. Allen’s claim in Irving Fisher: A Biography (1893)

5:00 Farewell

Two taxi vans have been booked to take delegates to Melbourne Airport

Conference venueRoyal Society of Victoria building

Royal Society of Victoria building, Melbourne.

Address: 8 La Trobe St Melbourne, Victoria.

Trams run past the conference venue every 10 minutes.

For the Friday afternoon session, taxi vans will be arranged to collect attendees to take them back to the Melbourne airport for evening flights home.


Mantra on the Park

Address: 333 Exhibition Street Melbourne, Victoria.

Mantra on the Park have extended the following special rates:

  • One bedroom apartment
    $169.99 per room, per night. Includes 1GB of internet usage per day
  • Two bedroom apartment
    $229.00 per room, per night. Includes 1GB of internet usage per day
  • Full cooked buffet breakfast in Terrace Restaurant
    $15.00 per person, per day.

*Terms & Conditions

Rates are valid for bookings staying for above mentioned dates only. Bookings must be made prior to 30 June 2016, after this Best Available Rates will apply. A valid credit card must be supplied at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation, cancellation policy is 24 hours.

Please ensure to quote "FEDERATION" to receive these special rates.

Please call 03 9668 2500 (press '2' for Reservations) or email park.res@mantra.com.au to make your reservations.

Conference Registration

Registrations are now open. In order to register, please fill in the form on Eventbrite.

Cancellations/refunds may be requested up until June 30th 2016. Fees may apply.

All fees are inclusive of lunch, morning tea, and afternoon tea for both days of the conference.

Student registration$100

Additional costs for attending the cocktail evening and conference dinner, per person.

Cocktail evening$29
Conference dinner$80

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