Welcome to the seventh issue of Insights

This volume celebrates the opening of The Spot, our new headquarters of the Faculty; and the Faculty’s new name. The opening article by the Dean, Professor Margaret Abernethy, elaborates on these matters while the images throughout the volume provide visual evidence of the new building.

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Inside the current issue, Volume 7 April 2010

Celebrating Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne
We must underpin our programs and the culture of the Faculty with certain values – creating social good, embracing diversity and cultural awareness, and commitment to equity
By Margaret Abernethy

Meaningful work in the 21st century: Terms, conditions and contexts
Work is not all bad – and we have not paid enough attention to what makes it good and how to get more of the good
By Barbara Pocock

The Sex Discrimination Act after 25 years: What is its role in eliminating gender inequality and discrimination in Australia?
Despite the Sex Discrimination Act’s undeniable achievements, there is cause for concern about its current and future role, and that more than cosmetic reform is necessary
By Beth Gaze

The strange case of the missing worker: Human resource management, employees and organisational performance
It would be fair to say that the conventional wisdom concerning HRM, employees and performance rests on a rather thin body of evidence
By Bill Harley

The road to recovery: Restoring prosperity after the crisis
Managing the recovery, the productivity challenge, economic responses to climate change, the housing market, health care reform, the disadvantaged, and the Indigenous gap
By Mark Wooden, Hielke Buddelmeyer, Paul Jensen, Guyonne Kalb, Guay Lim, Anthony Scott, Rosanna Scutella, Elizabeth Webster and Roger Wilkins

Spaghetti unravelled: How income varies with age
Average income-age trajectories derived from longitudinal data look different from those derived from cross-sectional data
By Stephen P Jenkins

Research that informs the standard setting process
Academic research can help resolve many of the nettlesome issues that standard setters face, and plays a central role in shaping global financial reporting
By Mary E Barth

Strengthening global economic governance
A gap continues to exist in the structure of international economic institutions through the absence of a representative, accountable, politically legitimate forum for discussion of the principal issues of global political economy
By John Langmore and Shaun Fitzgerald

Alumni refresher lecture series

Learning from Australia’s economic history
Examples on the theme of learning from history for the practical purpose of improving economic policy-making
By Jeff Borland

Price discovery and regulation in energy derivatives markets
Highlighting the interplay between the floor- trading exchange and its on-line trading satellite in the discovery of natural gas futures prices
By Paul Kofman, David Michayluk and James T Moser


Occasional Address

2009 – A tipping point
Virtually every aspect of life in Australia will be affected by decisions made in China over the next two decades
By Chris Leptos AM


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