This year’s report attempts to lay out the facts of Tasmania’s economic situation in order to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Tasmania’s strengths and weaknesses, The belief is that, this will in turn facilitate both a stronger appetite for change, and a greater...
Has poverty declined or deepened in recent decades? Is inequality growing worldwide, and within most countries? Is Australia doing enough to help lift incomes and reduce inequality around the world?
The charts in this gallery – from a presentation I made at a reception...
Australia’s retirement income system has long implicitly taken it for granted that the vast majority of retired people will have very low housing costs – in turn reflecting a presumption that most of them will own their own homes, and will have fully paid down...
It is with great pleasure and pride that I introduce this second TCCI Tasmania Report to you. It is remarkable both in the quality of the data and the themes identified as well as the unique partnership that makes the funding of the report possible....
Falling home ownership rates are bad for households and bad for the economy. Governments are starting to respond, but much more can be done
“A home of one’s own” – often described as the Great Australian Dream – is not a uniquely Australian...
An assessment of Australia's the strengths and weaknesses of taxation system.
Adam Smith said that a good taxation system should be equitable between taxpayers, certain in its impact on each of them, simple to comply with and parsimonious in its administration costs. Sadly, the...
Australia's mining boom heralds an unprecedented opportunity to establish a sovereign wealth fund that can be used to help eliminate indigenous disadvantage.
Australia is experiencing what may be the largest and longest commodities boom in its history. Through a sovereign wealth fund built on...
Australian workers increased their productivity far less in the past decade than in the previous one.
They are also increasingly less productive than workers in most comparable countries. Since rising productivity is vital to a strong economy, the problem is serious, even if its...
Saul Eslake ponders Tony Abbott's distrust of economists in Online Opinion.
I attended a conference of economists from around the world in Amsterdam last month at which, during one of many discussions about the handling of the Greek sovereign debt...
Three leading economists discussed the evidence for how education quality drives economic growth.
They also reviewed the evidence that the most important policy interventions are to improve teacher quality rather than school building improvements or class size reductions.
The panel consisted of Colm...