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Some more recent presentations

December 5th, 2005

Here are some more presentations from the last couple of years. I’ll be putting them all up here as I get time.

  • Quiggin, J. (2005), ‘Consumers Attitude to Risk’, Presentation at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Roundtable on Consumers and Competition, Melbourne, 18th March.
  • Quiggin, J. (2005), ‘Government, Market and Citizen: From Adam Smith to Peter Beattie’, Presentation to the Institute of Public Administration (Qld Division) 2005 IPAA Four Seasons Seminar Series, Brisbane, 9th March.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘Discount Rates’, Presentation to a symposium on Cost–Benefit Analysis sponsored jointly by the ACT Branch of the Economic Society of Australia and the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), Canberra, 3 September.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘How Should We Pay for Pharmaceuticals?’, Presentation to the ACT Branch of the Economics Society of Australia, Canberra, 2 September.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘Infrastructure Financing: Options and Reality’, Presentation to the Property Council, Smart Transport and Property 2004: Leveraging Transport Infrastructure for Property and Land Use Development, hosted by the UQ Centre for Transport Strategy and Transport Roundtable Australasia Pty Ltd, Customs House, Brisbane.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘Innovative Taxation Arrangements’, Presentation to the Financing Development Colloquium sponsored by the Foundation for Development Cooperation, Gold Coast, 14 August.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘Research Funding and Commercialisation’, Presentation to a public forum on ‘The future of University Research in Australia’, hosted by the UQ Research Staff Committee of the National Tertiary Education Union, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 5 August.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘The Australia–Us Free Trade Agreement’, Presentation to a Forum on ‘Evaluating free trade, and beyond: assessing trade prospects, impacts and practicalities in a time of free trade agreements’ hosted by the School of International Business, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 23 February.
  • Quiggin, J. (2004), ‘The Equity Premium: Explanations and Implications’, Presentation to the NSW Branch of the Economics Society of Australia,Sydney, 8 September.
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    1. James Latham
      December 6th, 2005 at 12:27 | #1


      I treid to download your paper from the ACCC conference, however I seem to have got a template document only, rahter than one with content.


    2. jquiggin
      December 6th, 2005 at 13:20 | #2

      Thanks for this alert, James. I’ll look into it.

    3. Jane Harris
      December 6th, 2005 at 13:45 | #3

      Hi John
      I went to the presentation to which James refers and would like to quote it in a paper. Would you be kind enough to explain more what you mean by ‘exposure to arbitrage on probabilities’ under the heading ‘risks consumers should care about?’.

    4. jquiggin
      December 7th, 2005 at 10:33 | #4

      James, if you go to “normal” view, you should be able to see the presentation.

      Jane, I’m mainly thinking about “sucker bets”, that is, financial instruments that appear attractive but actually involve consumers in guaranteed (or high-probability) losses, relative to available alternatives. Flight insurance, which used to be popular in the US is an example – the implied odds are very poor compared to all-risks term insurance.

    5. December 7th, 2005 at 13:12 | #5

      Talking of sucker bets, http://www.JumboJoke.com/000558.html seems to give an example of one. But it is actually a case of the two tie betting paradox, with the salesman turning it into a Tragedy of the Commons.

    6. December 7th, 2005 at 19:15 | #6

      Dear Pr Q,

      Thanks for making these papers available in time for the holiday season. I take it that these little bits of light reading are an early Christmas present. I promise to be an especially good little commenter in the future.


      Santa’s Little Helper

    7. James Latham
      December 9th, 2005 at 08:10 | #7

      Thanks John,

      On the last slide you make a note about setting default terms for contracts. I see this coming up in regulatory proposals, however it is something that often “Office of Regulation Review” type organisations dislike because it is seen as a specific contraint on free exchange. Do you have any pointers to any literature on this issue? I have looked at the Economics and Law material on complete contracts etc but was wondering if there is any other economics literature adressing this?


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