Honorary degree for international economist

September 12, 2014

One of the leading lights of international economics research was honoured by Murdoch University last night.

Professor Wendy Carlin was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Economics at the Murdoch University graduation ceremony on September 11.

A graduate of Murdoch University herself, Professor Carlin was the first Murdoch student to win the Rhodes Scholarship in 1978.

She went on to complete a DPhil in Economics at Oxford University.

Wendy Carlin now is the Professor of Economics at University College London, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and Fellow of the European Economics Association.

She spent a year at the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin investigating the privatisation of East German enterprises, and is on the scientific advisory board of research institutes in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Her research focuses on macroeconomics, institutions and economic performance, and the economics of the transition of economies from central planning to the market. With David Soskice, she has authored three macroeconomics books published by Oxford University Press. Her latest work is a response to the challenges to macroeconomics posed by the financial crisis, entitled Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability and the Financial System (2014).

Professor Carlin is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility and has acted as a consultant for international organisations such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), London, and the World Bank. She is now leading an international project funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET, New York) to reform the undergraduate economics curriculum.

Last week Professor Carlin presented a public lecture at Murdoch on the love-hate relationship the public has with economists for their forecasting failures.

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