By CMD Director Simon Loertscher
2016 is a year of transition, sustainable growth and continued consolidation for the CMD.
Our three fundamental pillars – policy, capability building, and fundamental research – have become even stronger. A number of policy projects, in particular around procurement, have been successfully implemented, or are on a promising trajectory towards implementation, and more projects and proposals keep coming in. We are building additional capability with the introduction of the Specialist Certificate in Economic Design, and a number of additional workshops, mini-courses, and conferences, which we organise independently or with various partners.
Renewed emphasis is given to antitrust economics and the economics of regulation, which manifests itself, for example, in the first Melbourne IO and Theory (MInT) event. This one-day workshop, organised in collaboration with the Departments of Economics at Melbourne and Monash University, brings together economists working in Industrial Organisation and Economic Theory from all over Melbourne.
We’ll keep you posted about other upcoming events and training courses as we go. Our research capability and productivity has also increased with several new staff joining the department.
Last, but by no means least, let me express the gratitude of everyone at the CMD to Peter Bardsley, who stepped down as CMD Director late last year. I am not exaggerating when I say that without his vision and leadership there would be no CMD. Thank you Peter.