Vital signs

house made of banknotes

It's time to reform stamp duty, one of the most inefficient and distorting taxes collected by Australia's state and territory governments.

Iraq War protestors

We judge the competency of politicians by what they say and do. This creates perverse incentives for even competent politicians to refuse to admit mistakes.

christian porter with scott morrison

Scott Morrison may have realised his real power is not as an advocate but a broker.

barley

China's dumping stoush with Australia isn't just about barley. But it is about trade and unfinished business in global trade rules.

Be Responsible sign

Government rules do more than simply define what is permissible. They also signal information that influences public behaviour in other areas of life.

tracking

For the app to work well, we might need an 80% take-up. Unless it is made mandatory, we'll need both private and social incentives.

Monopoly game

APRA is allowing the big four banks to coordinate in a way that might otherwise be illegal.

game theory

There are claims our social-distancing measures are too extreme. Good economists disagree.

Wuhan

The same technological forces that make the Wuhan outbreak a global concern are also key to managing the crisis response.

spermarket cashier

Technological change has always destroyed jobs. But now automation and artificial intelligence are drying up the options for those displaced.

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