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LSE’s Stephen Machin to deliver public policy evaluation Winter school at O’Reilly’s, Gold Coast

Economists will often caution that correlation does not necessarily imply causation, or that causation may not run the way you expect. So, for example, the negative correlation between educational attainment and crime, that more educated people are less likely to … Continue reading

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Upcoming celebration of bicentenary of Ricardo’s Principles of Political Economy and Taxation on Wednesday 19 April

Wednesday next week, the 19th of April, will be the bicentenary of the publication of the hugely influential Principles of Political Economy and Taxation by the English classical economist and stockbroker David Ricardo (1772-1823). It was a book that revolutionised … Continue reading

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Better Living through Economics – upcoming presentation at UQ

Economists have made immense contributions to people’s wellbeing over the last fifty years. An Australian example that comes to mind is the instrumental role economists played in advocating for and designing microeconomic reforms, including tariff reductions, privatisations and the deregulation … Continue reading

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Economists and their models

Across Brisbane at the moment there is a huge amount of residential construction activity, particularly of apartment towers. Our understanding of supply and demand suggests this will suppress the growth of unit prices in the near future, or in the … Continue reading

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Governments find a gentle nudge can get results

Australians should be prepared for more nudges from government agencies encouraging us to do the right thing, similar to recent examples such as letters from the ATO urging us to pay our taxes to support our way of life, and … Continue reading

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As many units as houses approved in Queensland in last 12 months – is a unit price crash coming?

In March, QUT Media reported that, based on analysis by Professor Chris Eves, “Brisbane’s inner city apartment market will crash in 2016, due to oversupply driven by belief in inexhaustible international demand.” (See Collapse of Brisbane’s inner city apartment market … Continue reading

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Upcoming event – 2015 Qld Third Sector Economics Talks

I’m delighted to be a keynote speaker at the upcoming ProBonoEconos and Young Economists event on the so-called third sector of non-profit organisations and charities on the evening of Thursday 7 May at QUT: 2015 Qld Third Sector Economics Talks … Continue reading

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