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A Fiscal Vaccine for COVID-19 with Tony Makin – new podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I speak with Professor Tony Makin of Griffith University about his new CIS Policy Paper A Fiscal Vaccine for COVID-19. In Tony’s words: “the paper considers the resurgence of crude Keynesianism before highlighting risks of … Continue reading

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Jobs coming back as economy reopens

The AFR’s Matthew Cranston has nicely summarised the latest payroll data published by the ABS yesterday in his article Job market crawls off floor as recovery begins: The worst appears to be over in the job market with Tax Office … Continue reading

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Economic update: US jobs & Australian PBO fiscal projections

I’ve recorded a video covering the May US jobs data, which have been greeted very positively by the markets despite the data showing only a small rebound*, and the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office’s rather pessimistic projection of an additional $620 … Continue reading

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Qld jobless rate at 6.8% but effectively over 10%

This afternoon I caught up with Ben Scott, who works as a Research Assistant in my business Adept Economics, to discuss the April Labour Force data published by the ABS today, as well as the possible shape of the eventual … Continue reading

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Innovation + Equality with Dr Andrew Leigh MP – latest Economics Explained episode

In my latest Economics Explained episode, I interview Dr Andrew Leigh MP, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury, about his excellent new book with co-author Professor Joshua Gans Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future that is More Star … Continue reading

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Job platforms & recruitment agencies – latest Economics Explained episode

In my serviced office in the Johnson hotel in Spring Hill, Brisbane, I’m surrounded by recruitment agencies. There are at least four recruitment businesses on the same floor. Recruitment agencies are still with us even though hiring has been subject … Continue reading

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Qld economy continues to disappoint

Queensland’s economic under-performance, which I’ve been commenting on regularly (e.g. see Deloitte’s weird definition of “strong employment growth”), is a major part of the reason why Australia’s GDP growth for September quarter came in lower than expected yesterday. The ABS … Continue reading

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Deloitte’s weird definition of “strong employment growth” for Qld

I was surprised when I read Deloitte’s latest commentary on the Queensland economy, as reported by the Courier-Mail on Thursday (Jobless rate hides Qld’s economic success story), because the commentary makes little sense: QUEENSLAND’S economy is performing strongly despite the country’s … Continue reading

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Occupational employment shares in Qld & rest of Australia over the last 30 years

In my previous post I compared the shares of employed people in different occupations across states and territories: Professionals’ share of employment much lower in Qld than in southern states. Based on several questions I’ve had regarding that post, I … Continue reading

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National jobless rate may be lowest in 7 years, but Qld’s is ½ percentage pt higher than in 2011-12

The Australian’s Friday front page was emailed out earlier tonight, and it reports “Jobless rate at lowest in seven years.” This may be the case for Australia, but it’s not so for Queensland, where the unemployment rate is stuck around … Continue reading

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