Tag Archives: government

Tech Giants vs legacy media and governments – latest podcast episode

One of the biggest pieces of international news this week was the announcement that the US Department of Justice is suing Google over its alleged monopoly in search (see US justice department sues Google over accusation of illegal monopoly). The … Continue reading

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Why the world needs economists – latest podcast episode

In my latest podcast episode, I explore what economists do and why the world needs them. I talk about the important roles that economists play in advising on government budget and economic policies and on the feasibility of specific projects, … 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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Bailouts in this time of coronavirus with Dr Dan Mitchell – podcast interview

Industry bailouts by governments have been subject to intense debate in this time of coronavirus, including in Australia where the airline Virgin Australia is in voluntary administration and seeking additional financial support from government. Last weekend, I discussed industry bailouts … Continue reading

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Certified Corona-Immunity as a Resource with Prof. Benno Torgler, QUT – Economics Explained ep.30

Yesterday I interviewed QUT’s Professor Benno Torgler for my latest Economics Explained episode about a new paper he has co-authored: Certified Corona-Immunity as a Resource and Strategy to Cope with Pandemic Costs. Professor Benno Torgler is Professor of Economics in the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 response with Nicholas Gruen – latest Economics Explained episode

Despite all the draconian measures already imposed by Australian governments, ABC health expert Dr Norman Swan thinks we still need to do more. Just after I woke up this morning, I heard him on ABC Breakfast suggesting an even wider … Continue reading

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The Fight on the Right – latest International Liberty post features my interview with Dr Dan Mitchell

Well known US economist and pundit Dr Dan Mitchell has featured my Economics Explained interview with him in the latest instalment of his Fight on the Right series of posts on his International Liberty blog: Fight on the Right part … Continue reading

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Dan Mitchell interviewed on Economics Explained regarding government spending & economic growth

Last week, I interviewed prominent US economist and commentator Dan Mitchell regarding government spending and economic growth for the latest episode of my Economics Explained podcast. Dan is co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and he is a … Continue reading

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CIS Ideas post on government size & economic growth paper by Makin et al.

I spent an enjoyable week visiting the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, and while there I was roped into drafting a short post for their regular Friday Ideas email. My post was on a recent conference paper by Griffith … Continue reading

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Cap on Government size desirable, but probably unachievable

The great British-Australian economist Colin Clark, who Keynes regarded as “first class” and who served in top Queensland public service roles in the 1940s, famously speculated that Governments couldn’t grow beyond 25% of GDP without causing major economic problems. Given … Continue reading

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