Useful Economics website links
The Reserve Bank recognises the importance of education and is committed to supporting people who want to learn more about the Bank’s activities and the Australian economy. Our public education program provides a range of information, resources and learning experiences. These resources have been designed to support students and educators.
The President of EBE NSW, Joe Alvaro, represents EBE NSW on the Reserve Bank of Australia Educators Advisory Panel.
Economics videos from the Reserve Bank of Australia
Resources from the Reserve Bank of Australia to help Economics teachers discuss the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the May, 2020 Labour Force Statistics:
These data provide an opportunity for rich classroom discussions about labour market concepts and current conditions. To support such engagement, the Reserve Bank (RBA) has developed a number of resources that may be incorporated into lesson plans. Please see below.
Video Explainer: The Labour Market and Unemployment
The RBA has brought to life it’s popular Explainers series with a video presented by Economist Gigi Lovicu. Gigi talks students through the groups in the labour market and types of unemployment, relating this to the current conditions in Australia.
Explainer: Unemployment: Its Measurement and Types
This Explainer outlines how the unemployment rate is measured and describes the main types of unemployment.
Video: Recent Developments in the Labour Market
In this video recording of a recent RBA teacher professional development webinar, Head of Prices, Wages and Labour, Natasha Cassidy, discusses the effect of COVID-19 on the Australian labour market as at 25 May 2020.
Video - "Economics...Understand the world around you"
To inspire greater student engagement in the field of Economics, The Women in Economics Network (ESA-WEN) sat down with some of the brightest in the business: Eliza Owen, Dr Andrew Charlton, Assoc Professor Duygu Yengin, Dr Bethany Cooper, Dr Rachel Milte, Dr Gigi Foster, Guilia Specchia and Michelle Meyers. Produced by Tess Waldron Productions.
Newspaper article - "The case for economics" by Professor John Lodewijks
Professor John Lodewijks wrote an article for The Australian on 8 July 2013 titled “The case for economics”.
In his introduction, Professor Lodewijks, writes:
“Why does a case for economics need to be made in the first place? Surely economics is the foundation discipline for studies in business, finance, accounting and related fields. Acknowledged as the queen of the social sciences, the scientific community recognises the value of the discipline with the award of Nobel Prizes.”
Bullseye Economics Poster
This poster shows occupations related to the learning area of Economics.
>> View Bullseye Economics Poster
UBS HSC Economics Website
The UBS HSC Economics Website is designed to supplement classroom learning of the final year NSW Economics curriculum.
The site provides regular and timely interactive web-based videos (webcasts), economics in depth analysis (economics notes) and other current economic and market data and tools to aid you in your studies. In addition, the site delivers useful tips on how to study, understand and use economic data.
>> Access the UBS HSC Economics Website
Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade “Trade Talk” e-newsletter
Trade Talk is a free e-newsletter published by the Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It brings you the latest trade news from Australia and overseas.
The Sydney Morning Herald profile on Economist – Besa Deda
Besa Deda says: ”It’s the dream job. I like the variety in economics; markets are always changing. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Women in Economics Network
The Women in Economics Network (WEN) is linked to the Economic Society of Australia. It has been formed to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia.
The objectives for the Women in Economics Network are to:
- professionally connect and support the career development of women in economics
- increase the representation of women at all levels of the economics profession
- promote public contributions by female economists.
>> More information about the Women in Economics Network
Teaching Economics for Fearless Girls
EBE NSW Director, Wendy Mockler Giles was 2017 recipient of the NSW Premiers’ Reserve Bank of Australia Scholarship for Economics.
>> More information is available in the newspaper article, “Teacher’s push for more women in economics” (Merimbula News, 1 August 2017).
Wendy’s research questions:
- What frames good economics pedagogy?
- How can economics teachers develop Assessment for Learning (AfL) that engages, informs and enhances the learning process for female students in senior economics?
- How can organisations and government institutions support economics teachers’ knowledge and training?
- What models of advocacy for women in economics are working?
>> View Wendy Mockler’s website (“Teaching Economics for Fearless Girls”), based on the scholarship, here:
Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and has presented at EBE NSW conferences.
>> View personal website here
2017 HSC First in Course — Rebecca Rosenberg (Economics)
Congratulations to 2017 HSC Economics student Rebecca Rosenberg – First in Course – 2017 HSC Economics.
Academic and Professional Speakers in Schools
Academics and professionals from Western Sydney University are available to speak in schools or to school groups free of charge. Many are leaders in their fields. This program gives teachers opportunities to extend and enhance their students’ learning and educational aspirations, whilst increasing their own knowledge.
Check out the register for information on each speaker’s area of expertise, sample topics, suggested audiences and estimated presentation times.
If you have any questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do NOT contact the speakers directly. This helps Western Sydney University effectively organise and track use of the register.
Free access to “Financial Times”
Free access to FT.com can help students be informed and confident on issues beyond the basic requirements of the curriculum. Universities and employers confirm that broader general knowledge helps the best candidates stand out. With the help of a panel of teachers, FT.com guides readers to FT journalism that can enrich senior school education and help prepare students for successful careers.
>> See the promotional flyer here
>> Register your interest for free access to FT.com for 16-19 year old students and their teachers here.
Radio program – “The Economists”
“The Economists” is a radio program presented by Gigi Foster and Peter Martin. It uses the tools of economics to shine a light on life. Airs on ABC Radio National on Thursdays at 5.30pm. Repeated on Fridays at 1.30pm and Wednesdays at midnight.
ABC TV Program – “The Business”
“The Business” is a TV program about the day’s business, finance and economic news, including the latest trends on Australian and international markets. The program analyses what is going on in the local and global economy and how it affects you.
- 9:45pm (AEST) on ABC News Channel
- 11:15pm on ABC main channel