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Policy report

11 Sep 2017

This research note recommends a return to New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan trade policy that has been damaged in recent years’ debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

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  • The US economy is growing steadily at 2%, and unemployment is low
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Research report

08 Jun 2017

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This research investigated the relationship between increasing housing prices (or housing wealth) and the increased consumption expenditure of households from before the GFC and afterwards. The analysis revealed that following the GFC, old and middle-aged...

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Commentary

Article

20 Mar 2017

If I ask you to picture an economist, what’s the first image that comes to your mind? I’m guessing it’s a man, probably with grey hair, a suit and a certain air of authority. And that’s not surprising: that is pretty much the public face of economics in Australia.

Very few women have...

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Research report

23 Feb 2017

We have been asked to provide an overview of the dairy sector’s economic contribution, focusing on:

  • GDP and exports contribution
  • Jobs and wages generated
  • Support for regional development
  • Opportunities from further trade reforms and export market development
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Journal article

06 Jan 2017

According to the concept of microfinance, financial institutions ought to contribute to sustainable economic and financial systems development by offering access to credit for clients who are usually excluded from the formal banking system. However, in recent decades microfinance institutions (...

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Research report

06 Dec 2016

Australian cities are orphans. Responsibilities for management of their economy (in terms of taxation, planning, infrastructure provision, regulation and economic development) fall between all tiers of government. Official statistics tend not to recognise the importance of cities, with economic...

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Commentary

Article

18 Nov 2016

If you’re in a gloomy mood, the Bureau of Statistics won’t be helping to pull you out of it. First it told us that wages across Australia grew at their lowest level on record, just 1.9 per cent, in the year to September. Now it tells us that, despite that unprecedented restraint, a net 70,000...

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Research report

15 Nov 2016

Australia is transitioning from the mining boom with strong growth and relatively low unemployment, but has not been immune to symptoms of the “new mediocre”. Wage and price pressures are weak, underemployment has risen, and non-mining investment is yet to fully recover. Ensuring the return to...

Research report

03 Nov 2016

Summary: It looks more likely that Donald Trump could be elected as President of the United States. Predictions now give Trump a 20-30% chance of victory, though these numbers are changing daily and who knows what scandals might surface between now and polling day on 8 November...

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Slides

27 Oct 2016

People are spending more on services rather than goods, and so more people are working in services, generating high-value jobs in the centres of our big cities.

Policy, especially in housing, is struggling to keep up, as Grattan CEO, John Daley, shows in this presentation to the Melbourne...

Commentary

Article

16 Oct 2016

In my job as a financial journalist, I spend a lot of time with blokes.

I interview blokes. I go to lunch with blokes. I listen to blokes deliver budgets. I read statements by blokes on interest rates. I write up research by blokes. I compete with blokes to write the best economics...

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Policy

15 Sep 2016

The Royal Charter forms the constitutional basis of the BBC. The broadcaster's current Charter is due to expire at the end of 2016. An accompanying Framework Agreement recognises the BBC's editorial independence.

Both publications follow the UK Government’s 12 May White Paper which set...

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Briefing paper

31 Aug 2016

The relationship between transport, economic and spatial development is known to occur in two main directions. Firstly, existing land use and economic developments drive demand for transport in terms of quantity, type, location and mode. Secondly, transport investments and other initiatives...

Journal article

20 Jul 2016

This article by University of Southern California professor Mike Ananny and USC Ph.D. candidate Leila Bighash examines the reasons behind online news organisations eliminating or temporarily reconfiguring their paywalls, including in response to national emergencies and natural disasters. ...

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Book

06 Jun 2016

This is a reprint of the first detailed study of how Pacific Islanders responded politically and economically to their rulers across the German empire of the Pacific. Under one cover, it captures the variety of interactions between the various German colonial administrations, with their separate...

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Essay

23 May 2016

Dr Edward Nik-Khah's Smoke and Thalidomide is an examination of the power of economists - and their constructed institutions - in the mobilisation of the US pharmaceutical industry in the 1970s, and their continued influence in how the industry controls our knowledge about drugs today...

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Commentary

Article

20 May 2016

It's hard to name an Aussie industry that isn't dominated by a handful of companies, and we all suffer for it. A new analysis proves what we've always known: Australia is prime breeding ground for monopolists, moguls and cartels.

According to the analysis by Labor MP and former academic...

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Audio interview

Audio program

19 May 2016

Democracy has always had a rather fraught relationship with the market. As Aristotle first recognised, some wealth sharing can help rectify inherited inequality and so enhance political life; but it also has the potential to promote greed, doing great violence to the civic fabric.

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Research report

19 May 2016

The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide.

The Pew Research Centre surveyed 4.787 American adults – its first-ever comprehensive...

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Book

20 Apr 2016

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The engagement of Indigenous Australians in economic activity is a matter of long-standing public concern and debate. Jon Altman has been intellectually engaged with Indigenous economic activity for almost 40 years, most prominently through his elaboration of the...

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