Year 12 students flock to Murdoch for economics conference

February 11, 2016

Professor Malcolm Tull will speak at the 2016 Student Economics Conference The economics of terrorism and strategic thinking associated with game theory are two hot topics under discussion at Murdoch University at the first economics university conference of its kind for Year 12 students.

The 2016 Student Economics Conference will be held this Friday 12 February, 9:30am till midday in the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre at Murdoch University.

Murdoch University economics researcher, Professor Malcolm Tull, said the event was more than a support strategy for exam preparation.

“The conference aims to not only help students with their studies but also to show that economics can help improve understanding of many of the important issues and challenges that Australians face today,” Professor Tull said.

The unique event is the brainchild of Murdoch University economics lecturer Loretta Dumas, who wanted Year 12 students to get a snapshot of economics beyond the ATAR syllabus.

“Economics is a popular ATAR subject choice and numbers are on the rise,” Ms Dumas said.

“We wanted to provide students with current and relevant economic information that targets the syllabus as well as including a presentation that focuses on strategies to improve exam performance. The breadth of conference topics will also extend student knowledge and illustrate how economics plays a role in other fields.

“Hopefully this conference will inform, consolidate and inspire secondary students facing a challenging year.”

Federal politician Dr Ken Wyatt MP and Murdoch University researchers Dr Anne Garnett, Professor Malcolm Tull, Professor David Butler and Dr Ameer Ali will speak to around 300 students from 15 schools. The broad range of topics will include the state of the Australian economy, globalisation, game theory and the economics of terrorism.

WA Certificate of Education (WACE) Chief Marker for the ATAR Economics Examination will also speak to the students.

The conference is part of an ongoing, collaborative partnership between Murdoch University’s School of Management and Governance (Economics Discipline), Melville Senior High School Centre of Excellence in Economics and the Economics Teachers Association of WA.


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