Biographical Details of Keynote Speakers


Tim Harford Wednesday 29 June, 2011 9.00 – 10.30am
Bill Schworm Wednesday 29 June, 2011 4.00 – 5.00pm
Ananish Chaudhuri Thursday 30 June, 2011 8.30 – 10.00am
Ricardo Reis Friday 1 July, 2011 9.00 – 10.30am


Tim Harford – Author and Senior Columnist for the Financial Times

Mr Harford will present the McMillan Lecture, on Wednesday 29 June, drawing from his work as The Undercover Economist on the economic motivations of everyday behaviour.

From his website: Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His column, “The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. He is also the only economist in the world to run a problem page, “Dear Economist”, in which readers’ personal problems are answered tongue-in-cheek with the latest economic theory.

Tim’s first book, “The Undercover Economist” has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. His second book, “The Logic of Life“, was published early in 2008 in English, and has also been widely translated, and his third book, “Dear Undercover Economist” is a collection of his “Dear Economist” columns.

Tim’s next book, “Adapt” will be published in May. He presented the BBC television series “Trust Me, I’m an Economist” and now presents the BBC radio series “More or Less”. He is a frequent contributor to other radio and TV programs, including the Colbert Report, Marketplace, Morning Edition, Today, and Newsnight. He has been published by the leading magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including Esquire, Forbes, Wired, New York Magazine, the Guardian, the London Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Professor Ricardo Reis – Columbia University

Professor Reis is a macroeconomist with an interest in monetary and fiscal policy. He will deliver the Phillips Lecture, in honour of New Zealand economist Bill Phillips.

Ricardo A. M. R. Reis (born September 1, 1978) is a Portuguese economist. He is currently a professor of economics at the Columbia University in New York City. As of December 2009[update], Reis is ranked among the most cited young economists in the world.[1]. His main fields of research are International and Monetary Economics.

Ricardo earned his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the London School of Economics in 1999, and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Harvard University in 2004.

Professor Ananish Chaudhuri – University of Auckland Business School

Ananish Chaudhuri is Professor of Experimental Economics at the University of Auckland Business School. His research has appeared in leading international journals including the Review of Economic Studies and the Economic Journal.

In 2009 he published Experiments in Economics: Playing Fair with Money (Routledge), a critically acclaimed book that provides an easily accessible overview of economic experiments exploring the role of fairness, trust and reciprocity in economic transactions. Between 2007 and 2010 he was the editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Economic Papers. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Psychology.

Bill Schworm – University of New South Wales

William Schworm commenced at UNSW in 2001 after previous appointments at the University of Sydney (1995 – 2000) and the University of British Columbia (1976 – 1994).  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1976.

Bill’s current areas of research are efficiency measurement, productivity, and growth. He has published extensively in the area of aggregation of factors of production and commodities and the properties of efficiency measures. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Productivity Analysis.

Bill has held visiting appointments at Duke University (1980-1981), Bank of Canada (1982), CORE at Université catholique de Louvain (1984-1985), l’Université de Montréal (1987), University of Western Ontario (1987-1989), China Institute of Mining and Technology (1988), Boston University (1999), Australian National University (2001) and the University of Washington (2008).

Bill has held administrative roles as Head of School of Economics and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sydney.  At the University of New South Wales, he has been the Head of School and the Presiding Member of the Australian School of Business. Bill was a member of the Executive of the ARC Economic Design Network during 2006-2009.