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Alphacrucis College

Professor Paul Oslington

Academic Faculty
Dean of Business and Professor of Economics

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Professor Paul Oslington
Dean of Business and Professor of Economics

Paul is a member of the Faculty of Business, and specialises in the following areas: Business, Research, Social Engagement, and Theology.

Biography


Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013.  He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor.  Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.


Currently Teaching

BUS102 - Economics.

Research Interests

International trade and labour markets, the history of economic thought, and relationships between economics and religion. Paul is happy to supervise PhD or DMin projects in his research areas.

Selected Publications

Book — Published in 2014

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Oslington, P (editor) (2014), The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics, Oxford University Press.

Many important contemporary debates cross economics and religion, in turn raising questions about the relationship between the two fields. This book, edited by a leader in the new interdisciplinary field of economics and religion and with contributions by experts on different aspects of the relationship between economics and Christianity, maps the current state of scholarship and points to new directions for the field. It covers the history of the relationship between economics and Christianity, economic thinking in the main Christian traditions, and the role of religion in economic development, as well as new work on the economics of religious behavior and religious markets and topics of debate between economists and theologians. It is essential reading for economists concerned with the foundations of their discipline, historians, moral philosophers, theologians seeking to engage with economics, and public policy researchers and practitioners.

Book — Published in 2014

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Oslington, P (editor)(2014), The Customs Union Issue,New edition of Jacob Viner's classic text, edited with introduction. Oxford University Press.

Conference paper — Published in 2013

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Oslington, P (2013), “Economic and Theological Issues in Contracting-out of Welfare and Labour Market Services: An Exploration of the Recent Australian Experience” Presented at ASREC Washington April 2011, Crawford School ANU April 2013, and University of Newcastle July 2013.

Conference paper — Published in 2013

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Oslington, P. (2013) “What is a Job Worth?” Presented at University of Newcastle, University of Sydney, and Economic Society of Australia Annual Conference July 2013

Journal article — Published in 2013

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Oslington, P (2013) “Contextual History, Practitioner History and Classic Status: Reading Jacob Viner’s The Customs Union Issue”, Journal of the History of Economic Thought 

Conference paper — Published in 2013

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Oslington, P (2013), “Hiring and Firing Costs: Levels, Structure and Impact” (with Ben Freyens, University of Canberra). Presented at Australian Labour Market Research Workshop and Economic Society Annual Conferernce, Canberra 2011, and ASSA San Diego, Jan 2013.

Journal article — Published in 2013

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Freyens, B and Oslington, P, (2013) “A First Look at Incidence and Outcomes of Unfair Dismissal Claims under Fair Work, Work Choices and the Workplace Relations Act.” Australian Journal of Labour Economics. 2013 16/2 p295-306

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P. (2012), “God and the Market: Adam Smith's Invisible Hand” (PDF 73KB). Journal of Business Ethics 2012 108/4 p429-438.

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P. (2012), “The Approaching University Degree Bubble” Quadrant 491 November 2012 p50-52

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P (2012) “Bernard Lonergan and the Development of Catholic Social Teaching on Economics” (PDF) (with Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University, and Robin Koning, Jesuit Theological College). Theological Studies 2012 73 June p391-421.

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P (2012), “Introduction to Conference Special Issue” (with William Coleman, Australian National University) Economic Record 2012 88

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P. (2012),“Five Bad Endings for Social Bonds” The Conversation 2012

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P. (2012) “Jacob Viner, the Cost of Protection and Customs Unions: New Light from a Manitoba Consulting Assignment“, History of Economics Review 2012 55 Winter p73-79

Journal article — Published in 2012

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Oslington, P (2012) “The Fair Work Review: Fewer Lawyers and Less Balance Means Better Public Policy”, The Australian 2012

Conference paper — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011) Using Economics in Biblical Studies. Presented at ACU Centre for Early Christian Studies Poverty and Wealth in the Early Church Conference, Melbourne July 2010 and Society of Biblical Literature , San Francisco, November 2011

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011), “Lonergan's Reception among Economists: Tale of a Dead Fish and an Agenda for Future WorkMethod 2011 New Series 2/1 p67-78.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011), “Caritas in Veritate and the Market Economy: How do we Reconcile Traditional Christian Ethics with Economic Analysis of Social Systems?Journal of Markets and Morality 2011 14/2 p359-71.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011), “Caritas in Veritate and the Market Economy: How do we Reconcile Traditional Christian Ethics with Economic Analysis of Social Systems?Journal of Markets and Morality 2011 14/2 p359-71.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011), The Future Hope in Adam Smith’s System, Studies in Christian Ethics 2011 24/3 p1-21

Book — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P (ed), Adam Smith as Theologian, Routledge March 2011.

Adam Smith wrote in a Scotland where Calvinism, Continental natural law theory, Stoic philosophy, and the Newtonian tradition of scientific natural theology were key to the intellectual lives of his contemporaries. But what impact did these ideas have on Smith’s system? What was Smith’s understanding of nature, divine providence, and theodicy? How was the new discourse of political economy positioned in relation to moral philosophy and theology?
In this volume a team of distinguished contributors consider Smith’s work in relation to its Scottish Enlightenment religious background, and offer stimulating theological interpretations of his account of fallible human nature, his providential account of markets, and his invisible hand metaphor. Adam Smith as Theologian it is a pioneering study which will alter our view of Smith and open up new lines of thinking about contemporary economics.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011), “Cardinal Newman, Theology and Business after the Financial CrisisABC Religion and Ethics 21 Feb 2011.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P (2011), “Jacob Viner on Adam Smith: Development and Reception of a Theological Reading“, European  Journal of the History of Economic Thought 2011

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P (2011), “What do Economists and Theologians Have to Say to Each Other?” Symposium at ASSA meetings in Denver January 2011. Faith and Economics 2011 Fall p1-30.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P. (2011) “Economic Journalism in Australia: Introduction to a Symposium” Economic Papers 2011 30/4.

Book — Published in 2011

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Ormerod, N and Oslington, P (2011) (co-editors), Globalisation and the Church, St Paul's Publications Australia.

Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) reframes many questions about globalization, including what Benedict calls the principle of gratuity in economic relations, a recognition of the plurality of corporate activities within a market economy, and a new emphasis on sustainability.

This book, the fruit of a conference sponsored by Australian Catholic University, will help those who struggle with their Christian vocation in the context of globalisation to clarify their thinking and sharpen their practice.

Journal article — Published in 2011

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Oslington, P (2011), “Popes and Markets“, Policy 2011 24 p 1-5

Conference paper — Published in 2010

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Oslington, P (2010), “Theology and the Australian Research Council” Symposium at Australian and New Zealand Theological Association conference, Melbourne, July 2010. Further workshop in Canberra February 2013.  Analysis of ARC Grants in Religion and Theology.

Journal article — Published in 2010

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Oslington, P (2010), “Trade, Migration and Inequality in a World without Factor Price Equalisation” (PDF, 1.9MB) (with Isaac Towers, UNSW). Review of International Economics 2010 18 4 p650-62

Journal article — Published in 2010

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Oslington, P (2010) “Micro vs Macro Explanations of Post-War US Unemployment” (with Chris Heaton, Macquarie University). Economics Letters 2010 106 p87-91

Journal article — Published in 2009

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Oslington, P (2009), “Deus Economicus” Published with comments by Anthony Kelly and Neil Ormerod” A Conversation on Paul Oslington's Deus EconomicusAustralian e-Journal of Theology 13 March 2009.

Journal article — Published in 2009

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Oslington, P (2009), “Whither Christian Economics? Further Reflections in the Light of a Conference: The Future of Economics and Theology as an Interdisciplinary Research FieldAssociation of Christian Economists UK Journal 3 2009 p1-7.

Journal article — Published in 2009

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Oslington, P (2009), “Pushing Economies - and Students - Outside the Factor Price Equalisation Zone” (with Isaac Towers, UNSW). Journal of Economic Education 2009 40 4 p422-33. (PDF, 1.2MB)

Journal article — Published in 2009

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Oslington, P (2009), “Religious Perspectives on the Financial CrisisThe American Economist 2009 Spring p28-30.

Journal article — Published in 2009

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Oslington, P (2009), “Recovering the Theological Roots of EconomicsDebate March 2009 p22-25

Journal article — Published in 2008

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Oslington, P (2008), “Public Theology: Some Measures and Australian ReflectionsColloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review . 2008 40 2 p183-93.

Journal article — Published in 2008

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Oslington, P (2008), “Dismissal Costs and their Impact on Employment: Evidence from Australian Small and Medium Enterprises” (with Ben Freyens, ANU) Economic Record 2007 83/260 p1-15. (PDF561KB)

Journal article — Published in 2008

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Oslington, P. (2008), “Christianity's Post-Enlightenment Contribution to Economic Thought” in Christian Morality and Market Economies: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives edited by Ian Harper and Samuel Gregg, Edward Elgar. 2008

Book — Published in 2006

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Oslington, P (2006), The Theory of International Trade and Unemployment, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006

This book is a comprehensive treatment of the benchmark competitive trade model with unemployment. It highlights the important linkages between trade and employment, providing analytical tools for participants in debates over trade liberalization. Global economy models, and empirically important cases where factor price equalization fails are considered for the first time.

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Natural Theology as an Integrative FrameworkSt Marks Review, December 2005.

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Unemployment and Trade LiberalisationWorld Economy August 2005 p1139-55

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Incentives in On-Line Education“, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 25 January 2005.

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Rediscovering Purpose in the EconomyCrux, November 2005.

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Contracting-Out of Assistance to the Unemployed: Implications of the Australian Experiment“, Economic Record 81/252, March 2005

Journal article — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Ethics Education and Research at the Australian Defence Force Academy“, Australian Defence Journal, 167, 2005

Conference paper — Published in 2005

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Oslington, P (2005), “Jacob Viner on Religion and Intellectual History”. Presented at the History of Economics Society Conference, and Princeton University.

Journal article — Published in 2004

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Oslington, P (2004) “The Impact of Uncertainty and Irreversibility on Investments in On-Line LearningDistance Education, Vol 25, No 2, 2004, pp233-42.

Journal article — Published in 2004

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Oslington, P (2004), “Why Economics MattersCASE , UNSW, 2004.

Book — Published in 2003

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Oslington, P (editor) (2003), Economics and Religion, International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2003.

Journal article — Published in 2003

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Oslington, P, “Why Ethics Committees are UnethicalAgenda 2003, 10/2, pp185-91.

Journal article — Published in 2003

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Oslington, P (2003), “Editorial Introduction: The Job NetworkAustralian Journal of Labour Economics 2003, 6/2 pp195-8.

Journal article — Published in 2002

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Oslington, P. (2002) “Teaching Economics HistoricallyHistory of Economics Review 2002, 36, pp160-164

Journal article — Published in 2002

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Oslington, P, “Trade, Wages and Unemployment in the Presence of Hiring and Firing CostsEconomic Record June 2002 pp195-206.

Journal article — Published in 2002

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Oslington, P (2002), “Factor Market Linkages in a Global Economy” Economics Letters 2002 76/1 pp85-93

Journal article — Published in 2002

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Oslington, P (2002), “How Much Unemployment is Structural?” (with Chris Heaton, Macquarie University) Economic Record

Journal article — Published in 2002

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Oslington, P, “Trade, Wages and Unemployment in the Presence of Hiring and Firing CostsEconomic Record June 2002 pp195-206.

Journal article — Published in 2001

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Oslington, P, (2001), “An Australian Model - Non Traded Goods, Real Exchange Rates and Unemployment” Australian Economic Papers 2001 40/3 pp334-351.

Journal article — Published in 2001

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Oslington, P. (2001), “Nassau Senior, John Henry Newman and the Separation of Political Economy from Theology in the Nineteenth Century” History of Political Economy 2001 33/4 pp825-42.

Journal article — Published in 2001

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Oslington, P. (2001),”Migration, Jobs and Welfare: A General Equilibrium Analysis” Pacific Economic Review 2001 6/3 pp331-344.

Journal article — Published in 2000

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Oslington, P (2000), “Japanese Contributions to the Theory of International Trade” Japanese Economic Review 51/3 2000 pp334-348.

Journal article — Published in 2000

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Oslington, P. (2000) “Factor Price Equalisation and Trade Patterns with Unemployment” Journal of Economic Integration 2000 15/1 pp127-44.

Journal article — Published in 2000

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Oslington, P, (2000), “A Theological Economics” International Journal of Social Economics 2000 27/1 pp32-44.

Journal article — Published in 1999

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Oslington, P (1999), “Christian Theology and Economic Theory: A Reading Guide“, Zadok Institute. 

Journal article — Published in 1999

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Oslington, P, (1999), “Christian Theology and Economic Theory: A Reading Guide” Zadok Institute for Christianity and Society, Melbourne. 1999.

Journal article — Published in 1999

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Oslington, P, (1999), “Duality and the Specific Factors Model” Economia Internazionale 1999 52/3 pp373-382.

Journal article — Published in 1998

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Oslington, P (1998), “Australian Immigration Policy and Unemployment” Australian Journal of Labour Economics 2/2 October 1998 pp91-104.


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