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30 Sep 2015

When America sneezes, Australian state governments catch a cold. And when the weather turns bad, guess who’s held responsible?

“Last time I checked, the Tasmanian government had very little influence over the unemployment rate in the United States. Yet it might want to...

Audio interview

25 Nov 2014

It’s the love child of economics and psychology – behavioural economics. It tries to explain people’s rational, or better irrational, behaviour when it comes to financial decision-making and consumption patterns. On Big Ideas, two experts outline the main lessons of behavioural economics and discuss the...



13 Aug 2014

John Howard’s gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit

Did the buyback save lives? As someone with a connection to two of Australia’s worst gun massacres, I’ve always been interested in finding out. But the public debate seemed frustratingly simplistic. Some anti-gun...



7 May 2014

A new study finds social status rippling across the centuries

IF YOU WANT to know who made up Australia’s elite in the nineteenth century, a useful place to look is the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In its many volumes, you’ll find business leaders,...

Book review

20 May 2013

Review Details Date: 20 May 2013 Author: Andrew Leigh Publisher: Australian Policy Online Owning Institution(s): Swinburne University of Technology

Book Details Title: Quarterly Essay 49 - Not Dead Yet: Labor's Post-Left Future Publisher: Black Inc. Date Published: 2013 Author/s: Mark Latham

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