Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Evidence-based policy making – Part One: The problems

As I’ve suggested before, a key to the development of the modern world was the evolution of new public goods (the other key was the development of new private goods. Capiche? The world is an ecology of both at every level of society … Continue reading

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Reserve Bank’s Homer Simpson timing of its board meetings comes under fire: SHOCK!

Your correspondent was once very rude about one of Australia’s better institutions though now rather complacent – the Reserve Bank – pointing out in 2012 that making it’s most important decisions (to set the overnight cash rate) each and every day … Continue reading

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The hidden story of urban refugees

The post below is a guest post from a fine person who is a friend of mine. Sonia Ben Ali,, Co-founder and Executive Director of the international NGO, Urban Refugees. It’s a pretty fledgeling organisation with a remarkably important mission. Lateral … Continue reading

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No-pain-no-gain: High-road-low-road

This post began as a comment on Paul’s last comment on my “Mainstream Radical Centrists: Where are they?” column. Paul boiled down his response to this: If you want to have a serious debate about reforms, go to countries that are … Continue reading

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Now is the time for complacency: Where are the mainstream radical centrists?

Australia’s ‘economic miracle’ off the back of what might be called the ‘reform period’ which can be dated fairly neatly from late 1983 and the floating of the dollar to mid 2001 (which, IIRC was the date the ANTS tax reform package … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing credentials

I was at a PC function yesterday on ‘disruptive technology’ and said, in a rather crabby way, that I’d been talking about the significance of informing consumers about the quality of products for a long, long time and now, it’s only … Continue reading

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Having depressions is … well depressing: Shock pictures you won’t believe!!

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