Brown Bag Presentation: A/Prof Joshua B. Miller (Eco)

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Meeting Room 6.30, Level 6, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street, Parkville

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Lisa Batten

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Brown Bag Presentation

"A suite of interactive graphs for microeconomics that are easy to modify and extend"


Associate Professor Joshua B. Miller's primary area of research is in behavioural and experimental economics, with a focus on experimental design and statistical methods.  His current research interests include information processing and belief formation in individual and collective decision making, and information aggregation in strategic settings and markets. Joshua’s work has been published in journals such as Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Management Science.


A/Prof Joshua B. Miller will be presenting the results of a project funded by WCLA towards developing interactive graphs with the free-to-use Desmos online graphing calculator.  The graphs are useful as part of lecture activities as well as for students to interact with at home.  In addition, they can be used to quickly create new lecture and assessment content.  The graphs can be embedded into the discussion forum or on Canvas pages.

The graphs themselves allows students to consider ideas such as taxation, risk aversion, and general equilibrium and see how the predictions depend on initial conditions and assumptions and examine the effects of alternative policy interventions within these simple models. By changing the conditions within the given graphs, they get an immediate sense of cause and effect; and develop insights that they would unlikely obtain by solving for the optima, and equilibrium, with alternative sets of parameters.