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The ACE 2016 program will host a variety of international and national speakers, inlcuding 4 keynote speakers. 

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Keynote Speakers


Luigi Pistaferri is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and a research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Business and Economic Research and the Institute for the study of Labour (IZA). He is also the "Ralph Landau" Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and one of the co-editors of the American Economic Review. His particular focus is the intersection between labour economics and macroeconomics, and has published widely including in the Journal of Political Economy and the American Economic Review. Pistaferri holds a PhD in Economics from University College, London, and a Doctorate in Economic Sciences from Istituto Universitario Navale in Naples. Pistaferri joined Stanford University in 1999. 




Peter Dolton is Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex. He was previously at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Newcastle. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and a strand leader on the Centre for the Economics of Education based at the school. Most of his research has been econometric in nature and has focussed on the graduate labour market and other issues in labour and educational economics. He is widely published, including the Economics of Education Review, the Economic Journal and Oxford Economic Papers.  He is currently an associate editor of the Economics of Education Review and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. 

Jeffrey Smith is a Professor of Economics at the Ford School of the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1996. Prior to joining Michigan, he was on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Maryland. His research centres on experimental and non-experimental methods for the evaluation of interventions, with particular application to social and educational programs. He has published in the American Economic Review and the Journal of Econometrics among others. He contributed "The Economics and Econometrics of Active Labor Market Programmes" (with James Heckman and Robert LaLonde) to the Handbook of Labor Economics. He has consulted to governments in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia on evaluation issues.



Alison Booth is Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, the IZA Bonn, and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nürnberg, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.. Her research has focused on labour market and behavioural economics topics. Her book, The Economics of the Trade Union, Cambridge University Press (reprinted 2002) was a Princeton University Economics Book of the Year in 1996. She has held many research grants, including from the Australian Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council. Currently she is Associate Editor  (Gender and Economics) of the online edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, and is on editorial boards of the Economic Record, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labour Economics.

ACE Conference Dinner Guest Speaker

Ian Harper is one of Australia’s best known economists. He currently serves as a consultantto Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

In July 2016 Ian joined the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia. From March 2011 to May2016, Ian was a partner with Deloitte Access Economics.

Prior to that he spent 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School  and waselected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure.  From March 2014 to March 2015, Ian chaired the Competiti on Policy Revi ew, a “root andbranch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators.   From December 2005 to July 2009, he served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian FairPay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellistschosen to review Victoria’s state finances. 

Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009.