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Vital Signs: Mining boom transition is on shaky ground

By Richard Holden  November 17, 2017

Australian households are among the most highly leveraged in the world – with debts at around 190% of GDP. So what is going to reduce that debt?

Australia’s tenuous place in the new global economy

By Richard Holden  November 15, 2017

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has released a report titled ‘Australia’s Place in the World’, which considered how Australia should respond to changing attitudes to globalisation

Adapt to the changing nature of work

By Nick Wailes  November 13, 2017

Since the first email was sent in 1971, the system has created a deluge of messages that has turned into a time-consuming villain at work.

Vital Signs: Conditions are peachy, so why aren’t businesses investing?

By Richard Holden  November 10, 2017

On Melbourne Cup day, the Reserve Bank of Australia kept interest rates on hold at 1.5%, yet again. And why wouldn’t it?

Vital Signs: the US economy is outpacing Australia’s and we should all ask why

By Richard Holden  November 03, 2017

Data this week pointed to a continued shakiness in the Australian economy, while the robust US recovery continued.

Vital Signs: Economics can’t explain why unemployment and inflation are both low

By Richard Holden  October 20, 2017

You can't rely on historical data when making policy, if those policies affect the data (as they always do).

How gig economy workers will be left short of super

By Dale Boccabella & Sarah Kaine  October 19, 2017

As a brave new generation of Australian workers enters the gig economy, serious questions remain over how these workers will fare financially in the long term.

Vital Signs: Spooky mortgage risk our bankers are ignoring

By Richard Holden  October 13, 2017

The Reserve Bank of Australia cautions that one-third of borrowers don’t have a month’s repayment buffer.

Richard Thaler: Nobel economist changing our behaviour

By Richard Holden  October 11, 2017

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, "for his contributions to behavioural economics".

Vital Signs: Mixed data but worrying signs from mortgagees

By Richard Holden  October 06, 2017

Data released this week in Australia and the US showed continued strength – or at least a lack of weakness – in consumer spending and unemployment.