4 January 2017

Productivity and geography: Presentation to Productivity Commission Conference

While economic growth has been concentrated in cities for some time, the trend has really accelerated in the past decade. Half of all jobs growth is now within a 2km radius of the city centres in both Melbourne and Sydney, reflecting the increasing share of new jobs in services industries where physical proximity really matters.

17 November 2016

Yes, you’re entitled to your opinion – but it helps if you’re a man

Newspaper opinion pages are a largely male affair. Poor representation on opinion pages means less scope for women to influence opinion and effect policy change.

11 July 2016

What the government should do now: economic growth

The Coalition has scraped into a second term. How credible is its economic growth program, and what else should it do to strengthen growth?

16 June 2016

Digital disruption: STEM graduates and more regulation not the answer

A complacent government could easily adopt a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the effects of technology on our economy, but a report from the Productivity Commission advocates what governments need to do to confront digital disruption – get out of its way.

9 June 2016

Election 2016: Childcare should be better for taxpayer and disadvantaged kids

Labor is offering to boost childcare subsidies to match the plan on offer from the Coalition. But are these offers just more middle-class welfare?

30 May 2016

The reforms we need to help Australia avoid economic stagnation

Australia’s economy has come back to earth after a wild ride through the mining boom but that does not mean we are destined to join the rest of the rich world’s economic malaise.

14 April 2016

Uber: Victoria must allow ride-sharing despite the costs

The traditional taxi industry does not welcome change but the potential benefits to the broader community are greater than the costs.

2 March 2016

It’s time to drop Australia’s protectionist anti-dumping rules

The Productivity Commission’s latest report outlines how outdated and economically harmful the current anti-dumping regime is. Hopefully the government takes notice and makes a move to drop it.

15 February 2016

Australia is not Greece, but its economy is obese and unfit

Australians woke up to dire warnings this week about their economic future. Comparisons with Greece may be a little premature, but there is certainly hard work ahead for Australia’s economic managers.

14 October 2015

City geography and economic policy

Australia’s economy is increasingly dominated by services produced in cities. But our big cities are nearing their limits. They are dividing geographically, home ownership is falling, and people can’t get the housing they want. Planning, housing, tax and transport policies need to adjust.