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Andrew Leigh

Commentary

A progressive agenda for tackling Australia’s productivity crisis

Cutting working conditions won’t get us out of the current malaise, writes Andrew Leigh.
Commentary

Weather, sharks and the world economy: the luck of the political cycle

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

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...
Commentary

The upsides of the buyback

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 campaigners described...
Commentary

The remarkable persistence of power and privilege

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, scientists, media...