Economics symposium celebrates distinguished career of Emeritus Professor John Nevile

Friday, 19 October 2012  Features

The distinguished career of Emeritus Professor John Nevile was recently celebrated at a high level symposium at the Australian School of Business. The symposium, which explored emerging issues and groundbreaking new research, looked back at Professor Nevile's life and his contribution to Australian economics and public policy. Notable international and Australian economists from academic and public policy circles and the financial markets participated in the symposium to honour Professor Nevile's work.

The symposium, which also marked the occasion of Professor Nevile's 80th birthday, was hosted by the School of Economics and the Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER), at the UNSW Kensington campus.

The program concluded with a key note presentation by Dr Ken Henry, a former Secretary of the Treasury, distinguished UNSW Economics alumnus and a student of Professor Nevile. Dr Henry discussed the management of macroeconomics across the Asia Pacific, contrasting today's climate with that when he first studied with Professor Nevile.

The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a special issue of The Economic and Labour Relations Review, which Professor Nevile was instrumental in establishing when he served as its Foundation Editor.

The JW Nevile Fellowship is named in Professor Nevile's honour. Tim Harcourt was appointed to the JW Nevile Fellowship in 2011.

Professor Nevile served as Professor of Economics at UNSW from 1965 to 1992 and was Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Head of the School of Economics, and Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research throughout his career. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 1972 and was President of the Economics Society of Australia from 1980 to 1984.