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Beth Webster

Beth Webster

Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Her area of study is the economics of how knowledge is created and diffuses through the economy. On these topics alone she has authored over 100 articles in outlets such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics and Cambridge Journal of Economics. She has been appointed to a number of committees including the Lomax-Smith Base funding Review; CEDA Advisory Council; the Bracks Automotive review; the Advisory Council for Intellectual Property; the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association; the Economic Society of Victoria and the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference. She is also holds honorary research positions at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tasmania.

She has a PhD (economics) from the University of Cambridge and economics degrees from Monash University.

R&D tax incentives need to be simple and underpin investor confidence

Oct 04, 2016 07:47 am UTC| Insights & Views Law Economy

Few examples of Australian tax policy are subject to as frequent change as the Research Development tax subsidy, again under review by the federal government. Substantive changes to the rules have occurred every five of...

So what do we really know about entrepreneurship?

Aug 16, 2016 13:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Business

The first thing is that the term entrepreneurship means different things to different people. So the starting point of any discussion is to agree not to use the term. People often mean start-ups new businesses when they...

PC report on industry assistance needs to go beyond just reporting costs

Jul 29, 2016 07:29 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

The recently released Productivity Commission (PC) Trade Assistance Review is a competent and thorough estimate of the costs of industry assistance. But missing, as always, are estimates of their benefits. To be fair, the...

Flat-earth economists lead the hysteria over budget deficits

Jun 09, 2016 08:55 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Back in the good old days of the 19th century when market economies oscillated between boom and prolonged recession, economists believed that nations were like households. They had to balance their budgets. If they spent...

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Economy

BoJ likely to stand pat tomorrow, slightly revise up its FY20 GDP growth forecast: DBS Economics & Strategy

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is expected to stand pat at its two-day monetary policy meeting, scheduled to be concluded tomorrow, according to the latest research report from DBS Economics Strategy. GDP growth should have...

Australian bonds nearly flat in muted trading ahead of December employment report

The Australian bonds remained nearly flat during Asian session of the first trading day of the week Monday as investors remained side-lined in a muted session that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of...

Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that...

How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and the market has failed to keep up

Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...

Australia’s headline inflation seen at 0.7 pct q/q in Q4, rise to 1.9 pct y/y: ANZ Research

Australias headline inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 percent q/q in Q4, with the annual rate rising to 1.9 percent, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The largest contributor to the headline figure...

Politics

Barack and Michelle Obama net worth: How much is the former First Couple worth?

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle might no longer be living in the White House but theyre still one of the most popular couples in the world. Recently, the Obamas made headlines when they purchased a...

Fans defend Michelle Obama as Donald Trump attacks former FLOTUS on her birthday

Former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 56th birthday anniversary on Friday, January 17. However, President Donald Trump spoilt Obamas special day when he attacked the former FLOTUS School Nutrition Guidelines on...

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for the seventh debate, Iran and foreign policy will likely play a central role. But health care will remain the most important topic of debate for many Americans. No...

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwes economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the countrys population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible...

Three reasons why Boris Johnson's promise to revitalise the north could come back to haunt him

For his forthcoming Budget on March 11, Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised to unleash Britains potential uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal. This was on...

Science

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

UFOs: Leaked footage can threaten national security, says US Navy

The presence of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects has continuously baffled many, from enthusiasts to government agencies. Recently, the United States Navy has warned that having to release more footage of these...

NASA: Hidden room at Cape Canaveral revealed agency's secret space reconnaissance mission

The Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union go head to head in what was deemed the Space Race in the early 1960s. A documentary reveals how a secret space mission by NASA was revealed. The documentary NASAs...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope captures Eta Carinae star system eruptions

If there is one thing to know about space, it is that the phenomena that take place within the galaxies and star systems can be amazing. The Hubble Space Telescope for one, recently captured one of the brightest star...

Technology

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...

Are self-driving cars safe? Expert on how we will drive in the future

Cars are changing fast. But are innovations such as autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or just a wild pipe dream? And if they become the futures way of getting from A to B, can we trust them to take us there...

Virtual reality could expand therapy options in remote areas

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy...

‘Overwatch 2’ release date, rumors: New heroes joining the fray

Overwatch 2 has already been confirmed by Blizzard at the BlizzCon 2019. Since then, numerous rumors and speculations have been floating around, which includes the possibility that the title might already be out this...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, rumors: Why Black Marsh could be an interesting location choice

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date will definitely arrive - Bethesdas Todd Howard already confirmed that the studio is working on it in E3 2018. But the bad news is, its going to be a long wait for fans. Bethesda Is...
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