Speakers: Dr. Gavin Putland & Dr. Polly Cleveland
Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 6pm
Location:  Prosper Australia Level 1, 64 Harcourt Street, North Melbourne

Company tax cuts are favoured by government, wage rises by the opposition. We all want a vibrant economy and the dignity of work.

What if there was a policy transition that turned the current reform agenda on its head? A prosperous society where the drivers of growth come bubbling up from the widest possible base…

Join us for the launch of Trickle-Up Economics: Assessing the impact of privatized land rent on economic growth. Essential reading for those who believe a fairer and more efficient economy is possible.

This sorely-needed report investigates how the GDP pie is split between the factors of production. Mainstream economics focusses on labour versus capital with barely a mention of the need for somewhere to do business – land.

This report reveals how Australia’s land boom has led to significant changes in who gets what.

The report is authored by Dr. Gavin Putland, former director of the Land Values Research GroupDr. Putland came to the study of economics from an engineering background. His work with the LVRG focussed on identifying land-based statistics that serve as “barometers” of the wider economy. 

We are very excited also to bring Dr. Polly Cleveland to Melbourne for the first time.

Dr. Cleveland is Adjunct Professor of Economics at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Economist and long-time activist for social justice, she is the Executive Director of the Association for Georgist Studies (AGS), named for the nineteenth-century American economist and reformer, Henry George.

Dr. Cleveland received a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Her dissertation, Consequences and Causes of Unequal Distribution of Wealth, addressed George’s basic questions in a modern model, showing how unequal distribution of wealth lowers economic productivity and growth.

Her website is www.mcleveland.org, which contains her publications and her blog, Econamici.

Sydney-siders can hear Dr. Cleveland deliver the Walsh Memorial Lecture at Macquarie University this Wednesday, April 11.