Tag Archives: fiscalpolicy

State gov’t economic responses to COVID-19 podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I elaborate on my opening remarks to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry on the state government’s economic response to COVID-19 on Monday. Among other things, I mention Joe Branigan and Henry Ergas’s new Menzies Research Centre … Continue reading

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Opening remarks to Qld Parliamentary Inquiry on economic response to COVID-19

Yesterday I was part of a panel of economic experts consulted by the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into the state government’s economic response to COVID-19. The notes I used for my opening remarks are reproduced below. The proceedings were broadcast via … Continue reading

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Upcoming Qld Parliamentary COVID-19 Inquiry appearance

Next Monday I’ll be appearing, via Zoom, at a public hearing of the Queensland Parliament’s Inquiry into the Queensland Government’s economic response to COVID-19. I’m a member of a Panel of Economic Experts which also includes UQ Professor John Quiggin, … Continue reading

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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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Paradox of Thrift in recessions and depressions

The Australian’s economics editor Adam Creighton is today advocating for public sector wage cuts by Australian governments, a policy which may be morally virtuous but would be economically damaging in this time of economic contraction, in my view (see Coronavirus … Continue reading

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Government Budget Analysis Training Day on 22 November at the Johnson, Spring Hill, Brisbane

I’m excited to announce my old friend and colleague Joe Branigan and I will be holding a training day on government budget analysis on Friday 22 November at the Johnson Hotel, Spring Hill, Brisbane. Tickets are available via Eventbrite: Government … Continue reading

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Government right to rule out fiscal stimulus

The ½ percent GDP contraction in September quarter that the ABS published last week has raised a lot of questions about the current state of the economy, and whether the Government should do more in terms of economic reform or … Continue reading

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Makin and Pearce confirm urgency of Budget repair in Conference of Economists paper

At the Australian Conference of Economists in Adelaide this week, Griffith University Economics Professor Tony Makin and ESA Qld Vice President Julian Pearce will present a very interesting paper titled Fiscal Consolidation and Australia’s Optimal Public Debt. Tony and Julian … Continue reading

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New evidence stimulus worsened our competitiveness from Makin & Ratnasiri

Griffith University Economics Professor Tony Makin and his co-author Shyama Ratnasiri have just published an interesting paper (Competitiveness and government expenditure: The Australian example) presenting new econometric evidence that suggests fiscal stimulus in response to the financial crisis worsened Australia’s … Continue reading

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