Welcome to the sixteenth issue of Insights

This edition opens with summaries of the proceedings of a pair of important two-day conferences. Since April 2002, the Outlook conferences co-hosted by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian newspaper have provided a major forum for leaders from politics, academia, business, the media and the community to discuss priorities for economic and social reform in Australia. Melbourne Institute director Deborah Cobb-Clark and her colleagues summarise contributions to the ninth conference in the series, held in July 2014, on the theme of 'pathways to growth: the reform imperative'.

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Inside the current issue, Volume 16 | November 2014

Pathways to growth: the reform imperative
Deborah Cobb-Clark, Barbara Broadway, Melisa Bubonya, Hielke Buddelmeyer, Abraham Chigavazira, Markus Hahn, Nicolas Herault, Paul Jensen, Jinhu Li, Gary Marks, Kyle Peyton, Tim Robinson, Chris Ryan and Sam Tsiaplias

Future of work: people, place, technology
Elisabeth Lopez and Peter Gahan
Twentieth century futurists certainly had a sense whether of foreboding or optimism of looming technological disruption, a phenomenon rippling through entire industries and which leaders in 2014 ignore at their peril.

Why we need more powerful multinational corporations
William H. Starbuck
It may be possible to make governance changes that render large global corporations more beneficial and less costly to humanity.

Lessons from a career in banking
Harrison Young
Banking is not just a business.

Starting points for a next-generation social contract
Thomas A. Kochan
Without more proactive efforts the economy will neither close the jobs deficit nor change the 30-year pattern of wage stagnation and growing income inequality.

Resolving energy policy dilemmas in an age of carbon constraints
Ross Garnaut
Australia can return to its traditional position as a low-cost energy producer even in a world of renewable energy.

Celebrating luminaries in the field of accounting
Gunther Burghardt
To entice our youth in the future to enter the important profession of accounting, we need to tell the inspirational stories of the discipline's pioneers and we need to tell them well and often.

What can economics tell us about guns and crime?
Andrew Leigh
Your chance of being a victim of homicide in the late 2000s was around half of what it had been in the late 1980s.


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