Associate Professor of Economics, RMIT University

Steve Kates was the Chief Economist for the Australian Chamber of Commerce for 24 years and a Commissioner on the Productivity Commission. He is now associate professor of economics in the College of Business at RMIT University in Melbourne. He has written the first post-GFC textbook in economics, Free Market Economics: an Introduction for the General Reader - now in its second edition - which explains amongst other things why the stimulus packages that followed the global financial crisis have created the economic problems we have and undermined our economies' ability to grow and increase employment. His most recent book, Defending the History of Economic Thought, explains why economists must understand the history of their own subject if they are going to be truly able to make sense both of the theories they learn and the world in which they are trying to make judgments about.

Experience

  • 2005–present
    Dr, RMIT University

Publications

  • 2014
    Free Market Economics: an Introduction for the General Reader - 2nd ed,
  • 2013
    Defending the History of Economic Thought,
  • 2011
    The Global Financial Crisis - What have we Learnt?,
  • 2011
    Free Market Economics: an Introduction for the General Reader,
  • 2010
    Macroeconomics and its Failings - Alternative Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis,
  • 2003
    Two Hundred Years of Say's Law,
  • 2000
    Critical Readings on Jean-Baptiste Say,
  • 1998
    Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution,