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“The power of simple theory and important facts” A Conversation with Bob Gregory

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  • William Coleman

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Bob Gregory contrasts ‘the presuppositions of Royal Parade’ of 1950 Melbourne with the present outlook of himself and Australia at large. He outlines the evolution of his methodological position from the University of Melbourne student to the Canberra policy advisor, and defends that position from criticism. He recalls the genesis of the Gregory Thesis, and advances his account of the decline of trade unionism, the impact of the welfare state on household formation, and Aboriginal unemployment.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 614.

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Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:614

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Keywords: Australian economic history; history of thought; macroeconomics; microeconomics;

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