Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Productivity Commission super report: Apply the Medicare approach to super

Today’s Fin Review column What would Abraham Lincoln think of the Productivity Commission’s report into Australia’s super system? A funny question I know, but amongst his charms those eight-score years ago was a lively interest in economics and an original … Continue reading

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“SMSF regulation is appropriate” Productivity Commission SHOCK you won’t believe!!

Yes folks, the PC’s Final Report on Super tells us that the regulation of self managed super funds (SMSFs) is “appropriate” and plumps for more attention to ‘advice’ in setting up SMSFs. Verily, my gob was truly smacked and smacked … Continue reading

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To overcome commonsense, and at the same time, to be wrong

As Orwell put it “there are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” At least in economics one of the things that sets up intellectuals for this is the way so much of their discipline seeks to get … Continue reading

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Deck the halls of academe: Managerialism, product placement and The Conversation, featuring Troppo’s annual Christmas competition

I was checking out Peter Martin’s list of Seven really bright (policy) ideas for a forthcoming article currently titled “What is a policy hack?”(It’s a good article which I recommend). When I noticed something. All the links to the original sources are … Continue reading

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My presentation in London

Herewith my presentation in London “Economic reform thinking as if we’d bothered to do it” and Martin Wolf’s commentary on it beginning at around the 40 minute mark. Judging from audience comments, a good time was had by all. You can download … Continue reading

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Arise Nicholas Gruen: Economic Rockstar

Yes, it is a little over the top isn’t it? Anyway, here’s Frank’s interview with me last Friday night.

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Why the US has no chance against China on its own.

The US political establishment is now firmly of the belief that the US is still the world’s dominant superpower, and that they could easily win a cold-war confrontation with China, just like it overwhelmed the Soviet Union with economic firepower. … Continue reading

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