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Google News web page

Making Google and Facebook pay Australian news publishers might be good politics, but it is odd economics.

Man with red dollar signs in his eyes

Firms should attempt to maximise profits, but if shareholders want it, there's no reason why they can't have other goals.

COVID-19 blood sample

Yo-yoing lockdowns are costly and to be avoided if at all possible. Here is what we can do to dramatically improve testing and tracing.

compass pointing to recession

Most recessions are caused by an overreaction to too much inflation. This one is because we are not spending.

AMP building in Sydney

The AMP saga, and new research, shows the power of 'shareholder voice'.

Magic Christmas pudding

The Reserve Bank Australia has exhausted the limits of monetary policy, There's no magic pudding, says governor Philip Lowe.

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Australia's higher education sector needs significant reform to remove the perverse incentives that have made universities dependent on revenue from international students.

young man on computer

Employers have long feared that working from home makes employees less productive. An analysis of 3 million workers in 16 cities during lockdowns suggests the opposite.

elderly man in face mask

The evidence is in and the answer is clear. We must try and eliminate COVID-19 for the health and economic benefit of Australians of all ages.

Melbourne city landscape

Economics tells us that governments privatising services where quality counts is a bad idea.

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