SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

‘Welcome to my website …
I’m an independent economist, speaker, company director
and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania’

Economic Policies


The Nobel Prize winning economist James Tobin once said that the study of economics “offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind”. One of the ways in which it does this is through the implementation of economic policy that helps to ameliorate boom-and-bust cycles, reduces unemployment, contains inflation or lifts people’s living standards in sustainable ways.

Local Government in the Macro-Economic Picture

Economic Policies | 11th September 2017

Presentation to the Local Government New South Wales Finance Summit in Sydney on 11th September 2017, focussing on the role and financing of infrastructure investment


Inequality, Inefficiency and Australia’s System of ‘Horizontal Fiscal Equalization’

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 29th August 2017

Keynote address to a Workshop on Federal Relations and Tax Reform hosted by the University of Adelaide’s School of Economics, in Adelaide on 29th August.


The 2017-18 Budget

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 11th May 2017

Presentation to a post-Budget breakfast hosted by accounting firm Moore Stephens in Melbourne on 11th May 2017


Fixing Australia’s budget deficit – analysis of Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison’s “Bloomberg Address”

Economic Policies, Publications | 25th August 2016

Saul Eslake | The Conversation | 25th August 2016 Scott Morrison has correctly diagnosed the problem, but needs to be flexible about solutions Federal treasurer Scott Morrison’s diagnosis of the risks and challenges confronting the Australian economy, as set out in his Bloomberg Address in Sydney, is hard to fault.Australia has become very dependent on continued […]


The Australian resources boom and its aftermath – Review of ‘Balancing Act’ by George Megalogenis

Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 15th June 2016

Saul Eslake | Quarterly Essay | Issue No 16 2016 In reply to George Megalogenis’s Quarterly Essay, Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal. George Megalogenis writes about today’s economy with a grasp of the broad sweep of Australian history and an awareness of the social consequences of economic performance and policy – attributes which have been […]


Lower inflation targets aren’t a good idea

Economic Policies, Publications | 17th May 2016

Article published on The Conversation website, 17th May 2016


Reflections on the 2016-17 Federal Budget

Economic Policies, Publications | 5th May 2016

Saul Eslake | The Conversation | 5th May 2016 This is a longer version of Saul Eslake’s take on the budget, on why negative gearing is still the elephant in the room for the government.Scott Morrison is very keen for his first budget to be viewed as “not just another budget” – to the point of […]


Infrastructure investment

Economic Policies | 14th August 2015

Opening Statement to the Senate Economics Committee’s Inquiry into Investment in and Planning of Infrastructure, 14th August 2015


COMING UP

Upcoming Events and Appearances


Nov

2nd

Presentation to Jobs Australia Forum

Hobart (venue TBA)

Dec

11th

The Tasmania Report
Hosted by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

presentations in Hobart (breakfast), Launceston (lunch) and north-west coast (dinner)

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What Others Say


“You are one of the best at what you do in the world”
Gail Fosler, Chief Economist, The Conference Board, New York, December 2002

“I have never known an economist to have such a knowledge of world economic facts and to be able to bring to bear so much information in answering a question without notice”
Charles Goode, Chairman, ANZ Bank, July 2009

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