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Uncertainty isn’t causing slow economic growth, for now

New research shows uncertainty isn’t the cause of slow economic growth – But that could change if the government isn’t clearer about policies, writes… Efrem Castelnuovo, University of Melbourne Uncertainty is widely recognised as a potential drag on economic growth.  Workers who become more uncertain about their future wages reduce spending, for example, and business…

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The Australian economy hits another rough patch – implications for investors

In an Oliver’s Insight, Dr. Shane Oliver, chief economist of AMP Capital discusses the state of Australia’s economy.  Despite numerous forecasts for an “unavoidable” recession following the end of the mining boom early this decade, the Australian economy has continued to defy the doomsters and keep growing. However, recently it seems to have hit a bit of…

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Young, educated and underemployed: Are we building a nation of PhD baristas?

There are some sage lessons from Canada on what happens when an educated young workforce can’t find work, writes… Usman W. Chohan, UNSW Australia There is a looming fear among young people in the Australian labour market that they will not find jobs commensurate with their educational levels because they are “overqualified”. The economics suggests…

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‘Liveable’ Sydney has clear winners and losers

Justifying Sydney’s ranking as a liveable city requires greater recognition of the inequality of Sydneysiders’ access to jobs, wealth, transport and housing, writes… Roberta Ryan, University of Technology Sydney and Yvette Selim, University of Technology Sydney Sydney is frequently placed in the top ten of global “liveability” rankings. But despite the growing popularity of the…

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Weekly economic update: What does Treasurer Morrison mean when he says we’re ‘growing into the growth’?

Treasurer Scott Morrison says Australia will “grow into growth” – Global economic conditions suggest otherwise, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: Australia’s economic growth is unsurprisingly paltry, the RBA leaves the cash rate on hold, and Australians continue to eat away at their savings. Trading Economics The two major pieces of economic news in Australia…

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There’ll be no records set this week by Australian economic growth figures

We shouldn’t be in the business of awarding ourselves prizes to which we’re not entitled, writes… Saul Eslake, University of Tasmania With the release of the March quarter national accounts, there have been reports the Australian economy could break the Netherlands’ “world record” for continuous growth. But there are three problems with this assertion. It’s…

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Sydneysiders blame foreign investors for high housing prices – survey

Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property – They simply don’t accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply, writes… Dallas Rogers, University of Sydney; Alexandra Wong, Western Sydney University, and Jacqueline Nelson, University of Technology Sydney Sydneysiders are concerned that foreign investors, and particularly Chinese…