20 March 2017

Women are dropping out of economics, which means men are running our economy

The dearth of women in leadership positions raises a red flag for the quality of Australia’s economic decision-making. Too many “like” individuals reduces the range of perspectives informing decisions. It also means wasted talent: if you bench half your potential team then the one that takes to the field is probably not your strongest.

27 February 2017

What will it take to kickstart non-mining invesment?

The huge five-year fall in mining investment in Australia may be drawing to a close, but non-mining business investment remains close to 50 year-lows, as a share of GDP.

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.

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The Productivity Commission’s latest report outlines how outdated and economically harmful the current anti-dumping regime is.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.

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.

2 March 2015

Sydney’s stuck in traffic, putting the brakes on women and the west

There’s no perfect way to balance the kinds of difficult trade-offs involved in improving Sydney’s complex traffic, housing and other urban planning challenges. But it is possible to do better.