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


  • William Coleman


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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  • William Coleman, 2009. "“The power of simple theory and important facts” A Conversation with Bob Gregory," CEPR Discussion Papers 614, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:614

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    1. Bob Gregory, 2006. "Indigenous employment and the hard policy choices," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 9(1), pages 83-93, March.
    2. Gregory, R G, 1971. "United States Imports and Internal Pressure of Demand: 1948-68," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 61(1), pages 28-47, March.
    3. Chapman, Bruce, 2002. "Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia, 2001: Robert G. Gregory," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 78(241), pages 129-135, June.
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    Australian economic history; history of thought; macroeconomics; microeconomics;

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    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General
    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • N0 - Economic History - - General
    • N97 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Africa; Oceania

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