Biographical Details of Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following international scholars will be keynote speakers for the NZAE Conference 2010:

  • Wolfgang Kasper (Professor Emeritus, University of New South Wales)
  • David Hensher (Professor and Director, Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies)
  • Peter Kennedy (Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics)
  • Les Oxley (Professor, University of Canterbury)
  • Jeanne Schroeder (Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law) (cancelled)

Wolfgang Kasper

Wolfgang Kasper, now an emeritus, held the foundation Chair in Economics (1977-1999) on the Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales.

After formative years in post-war West Germany and Switzerland and a doctoral thesis in international finance, he worked on the staff of the German Council of Economic Advisors, the Kiel Institute of World Economics, as a Harvard University Advisor to the Malaysian Minister of Finance, the Australian National University, the Reserve Bank of Australia, OECD in Paris, and the Fed of San Francisco.

Kasper has a long record of research and consulting for international business and governments, including East-Asian and Pacific countries. He has written and lectured widely on the role of institutions in economic development and has authored some 20 monographs and over 200 articles. He contributes occasional articles to Australian and overseas newspapers.

Kasper is an elected member of the Mont Pèlerin Society, an international academy, and serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.

Selected publications

(with M.E. Streit), Institutional Economics – Social Order and Public Policy (Cheltenham, UK-Northampton, MA: E. Elgar, 1998).

Losing Sight of the Lodestar of Economic Freedom – A Report Card on New Zealand’s Economic Reforms (Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Business Roundtable, 2002).

In Defence of Secure Property Rights (Sydney: Centre for Independent Studies, 2003).

The Environment, Human Creativity and Sustained Prosperity, in T. Daya-Winterbottom (ed.), Resource Management: Theory and Practice (Auckland: NZ Resource Management Law Association, 2007) ([2007] RM Theory & Practice).

David Hensher

Professor of Management;
Director, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

David Hensher is Professor of Management, and Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS): The Australian Key Centre of Teaching and Research in Transport Management at The University of Sydney.  David is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), Recipient of the 2009 IATBR (International Association of Travel Behaviour Research) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his long-standing and exceptional contribution to both IATBR as well as to the wider travel behaviour community.  He is also the recipient of the 2006 Engineers Australia Transport Medal for his lifelong contribution to transportation, and recipient of the 2009 Bus NSW (Bus and Coach Association) Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award.

He is a member of the Singapore Land Transport Authority International Advisory Panel (Chaired by the Minister of Transport), and Past President of the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research.  David is the Co-Founder of The International Conference in Competition and Ownership of Land Passenger Transport (the Thredbo Series), now in its 21st year.  David is on the editorial boards of 10 of the leading transport journals and Area Editor of Transport Reviews.  He is also series and volume editor of a handbook series “Handbooks in Transport”.  He has published extensively (over 435 papers) in the leading international transport journals and key journals in economics as well as 12 books.

Peter Kennedy

BA, PhD Wisconsin
Professor Emeritus;
Simon Fraser University, Department of Economics

Peter Kennedy is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. He has held visiting positions at numerous universities over the years, including: Cornell, Wisconsin, The London School of Economics, Singapore, Deakin, Cape Town, Canterbury, Curtin, Adelaide, Otago and EERC (Ukraine), but has been based at Simon Fraser University for the majority of his career.

He has been the recipient of four awards for excellence in teaching, and the Villard Award for research in economic education. He has written, and is best known for, his textbooks A Guide to Econometrics and Macroeconomic Essentials for Media Interpretation. Peter is an associate editor of the International Journal of Forecasting, the Economics Bulletin and The Journal of Economic Education, where he holds the responsibility for editing its research section.

Peter has many publications, with recent publications in econometrics in the areas of forecasting qualitative variables, unit root testing, applied econometrics, methodology and pedagogy.

Jeanne Schroeder

BA, JD Stanford
Professor of Law;
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Professor Schroeder is a Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she has been teaching since 1989.  Prior to moving into teaching, she practiced law in corporate finance for 12 years as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and then as a partner at Milgrim Thomajan & Lee.

Her scholarly interests range from commercial law doctrine to feminist jurisprudential theory.  Her current work is on recent amendments to Article 8 of the Uniform Commercial Code and in developing a feminist theory of law and economics incorporating the political philosophy of G.W. F. Hegel and the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan.  Her book on this subject, “The Vestal and the Fasces: Hegel, Lacan, Property, and the Feminine”, was published in 1998.

Her second book in this vein, “The Triumph of Venus: The Erotics of the Market”, published in 2004, explicitly engaged with economic theory. Professor Schroeder argues that utilitarian and romantic views of the market are flawed, because they both assume that market relations are atomistic and rational. Drawing on Continental philosophy, she describes the complexities of economic relationships from the point of view of human beings.