The election showed the electorate is fractious and demanding. With narrow-interest parties now elected to parliament, policymaking in pursuit of the long-term national interest is going to be challenging, if not problematic. This comes at a time when the need for Australia to adjust to more-difficult times has become even more pressing.
In the background to […]
“Citizens’ jury questions economics of nuke dump” is the headline to Rebecca Puddy’s article on page 2 of The Australian on Monday 11 July, 2016. Ms Puddy’s article begins: “The bid to establish a nuclear waste facility in South Australia has suffered a further setback, after an independent “citizens’ jury” raised concerns about the economic […]
In an article in today’s Australian, I expand on the argument I made on the Adelaide Economic Policy Forum article last Monday (available here) that unless one party can form a majority Federal government, it would be in the public interest to go back to the polls. The key point is that a majority government […]
Bill Carmichael, the legendary former Chairman of the Industries Assistance Commission, was a very influential figure behind major economic reforms that have delivered substantial benefits to Australia. We are delighted that Bill has submitted an important paper titled Governance arrangements for future trade negotiations to the Adelaide Economic Policy Forum. Bill’s paper is about the […]
As we move into the post-Federal-election period, there is continuing debate about where growth will come from and what voters thought of the pitches on this question made by the various parties. Data always helps these debates and here’s an example. This is a story about exports – and services exports in particular.
An article on […]
In my January column in Company Director, titled “The election effect” (and available here), I pointed out that economic research shows that in the year leading up to an election, business investment is (on average) about 5% lower than it otherwise would be. As business investment accounts for about 15% of GDP, a typical election […]
Outside the monetarist and free-marketeer camps, few UK economists advocated Brexit (the few notable exceptions included Cardiff University’s Patrick Minford). In fact, the UK’s most prominent independent economic research centres – the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Centre for Economic Performance – went as far as […]
Two University of Adelaide experts – Director of the EU Centre for Global Affairs Jane Drake-Brockman and Jane Drake-Brockman and the Regional Director (Southeast Asia) of the Institute for International Trade’s Centre for Economic Studies Associate Professor Shandre Thangavelu – have commented on the implications of Brexit for Australia and other Asia-Pacific nations regarding free trade negotiations […]
On July 21, the Institute for International Trade and the School of Economics will host a public lecture at the University of Adelaide by leading trade economist Professor Iwan Azis on the topic of “Trade agreements in a second-best world”. The lecture will examine the challenges and issues that nations face in negotating trade agreements in a less-than-perfect […]
At the SA Centre for Economic Studies’ Economic Briefing Luncheon this week, the Centre’s Deputy Director Steve Whetton, gave an excellent overview of the SA, Australian and global economies. Steve’s slides are available here.