National Economic Council chief economist Michael Breen has released the results of his research into how students across the country are being taught to understand the impact of economic policies.
He said students were being taught about the role of government and the role they play in ensuring the economy works for all Australians.
“We’re seeing the rise of a whole new generation of students, a cohort that’s been left behind by the education system,” Mr Breen said.
It’s been a really exciting time for us and for our national economic research.
Mr Breen, who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, said that over the last decade, the number of students completing an economic research degree has risen from just over 2,000 in 2008 to nearly 2,500 this year.
”The fact is that the Australian economy is moving from being a very small and insecure nation to one that’s much more competitive and that has more opportunities for growth than any other nation in the world,” Mr Borman said.
The national economic strategy, or NEP, is the central part of the Federal Government’s economic policy portfolio.
The NEP focuses on the fundamentals of the economy and how it affects our everyday lives, as well as how it can drive growth.
Its objectives include ensuring a prosperous future for all Australian citizens, creating jobs and increasing economic opportunity for all citizens.
As well as offering students a strong foundation in economics, the NEP also looks at issues such as health and wellbeing, environment and climate change.
Nationally, there are more than 6,000 undergraduate degrees and 2,400 postgraduate degrees.
Professor Breen is the NCP’s senior research fellow.