Monthly Archives: November 2015

Longitudinal Evidence for a Midlife Nair in Human Well-Being: Results from Four Data Sets

Research forthcoming at the Economic Journal has uncovered what is the first longitudinal and multi-country evidence for a midlife low in human happiness and well-being.  There really is a kind of midlife ‘crisis’ in feelings of satisfaction with one’s life. The new study by University of Adelaide economist Dr Terence Cheng, and his collaborators Nick […]

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GST to 15%?

There is considerable media speculation that the Federal government is considering raising the GST rate to 15% and possibly broadening its base in return for personal tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners. An example of this speculation can be found here. It is claimed that this scenario is one of the options under consideration […]

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Does trade promote economic growth?

Last Thursday night, the School of Economics’ Nic Sim gave a fascinating public lecture titled: “Does international trade lead to greater economic development? Evidence from less developed countries”. The lecture was part of the Faculty of the Professions’ Research 21 Public Lecture series. The short answer to Nic’s question is: YES. Based on empirical estimates, […]

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