SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

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

Productivity


As Paul Krugman famously said, “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run, it’s nearly everything”. I spent half of the interval between working at ANZ and Bank of America Merrill Lynch researching and writing about productivity growth for the Grattan Institute.

Productivity, Tax Reform and ‘Peak China’

Asian Economies, Economic Policies, Productivity, Taxation, The Australian Economy | 13th March 2024

Talk to a gathering of parliamentarians, business leaders and others from the UK and Australia, in Melbourne, on Wednesday 13th March 2024 PRODUCTIVITY, TAX REFORM & ‘PEAK CHINA’ TALK TO COOK SOCIETY, 13th MARCH 2024   by Saul Eslake Principal, Corinna Economic Advisory Download PDF version Productivity Productivity – what we get by way of […]


Population, participation and productivity: How to think about long-run economic growth

Productivity, The Global Economy | 5th July 2017

Presentation to the International Conference of Commercial Bank Economists (ICCBE), Paris, 4-6th July 2017


Five Potential Impediments to Improving Australia’s Productivity Performance

Productivity | 13th December 2016

Presentation to a conference hosted by the Productivity Commission at its offices in Canberra, 13th December 2016


The Importance of productivity as a driver of the Victorian economy

Productivity, The Australian Economy | 24th November 2016

Presentation to Members of Victoria’s Parliament, Melbourne, 25th November 2016


Productivity and inclusive growth

Economic Policies, Productivity | 1st July 2013

Chapter 5 in Paul Smyth and John Buchanan (eds), Inclusive Growth in Australia, Allen & Unwin (2013) (for more on this book see here or here).


Productivity

Labour Market, Productivity | 24th May 2012

2nd Bishop Manning Lecture, hosted by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations, 24th May 2012


Australia’s Productivity Performance

Productivity, Publications | 18th February 2012

Essay published in the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)’s Annual Political and Economic Overview, February 2012


What can be done to improve Australia’s productivity performance

Productivity, Publications | 8th September 2011

Saul Eslake | The Conversation | 8th September 2011 What is to be done about Australia’s deteriorating productivity performance? It’s by no means inconceivable that the answer to this question could be “nothing”. Historical precedent strongly suggests Australians and their politicians will feel no great compulsion to embrace a program of productivity-enhancing economic reforms as […]


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Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


The Economic Consequences of Surges in Immigration
Australian Society and Politics, The Australian Economy, The Global Economy, Topics
10th April 2024


Is China heading for some kind of currency or financial crisis?
Asian Economies, The Global Economy
4th April 2024


The next four years will be difficult for Tasmania
News, Tasmania
27th March 2024


Some initial reflections on the outcome of the 2024 Tasmanian State election
Australian Society and Politics, Tasmania
24th March 2024


Tasmania’s fiscal position
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania
24th March 2024


Productivity, Tax Reform and ‘Peak China’
Asian Economies, Economic Policies, Productivity, Taxation, The Australian Economy
13th March 2024


Tasmania – lost opportunities
Tasmania
12th March 2024


The Tasmanian Economy
Tasmania
29th February 2024


The worst public policy decision of the 21st Century
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
20th February 2024


Is ‘price gouging’ a major contributor to inflation?
Recent Media Interview
19th February 2024


The massive $50bn GST revenue distribution blow out (with Andy Park)
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
14th February 2024


The massive $50bn GST revenue distribution blow out (with Gary Adshead)
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview
14th February 2024


Tasmania’s senior secondary education reform
Recent Media Interview, Tasmania
13th February 2024


Distribution of GST Revenue: the Worst Public Policy Decision of the 21st Century to date.
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, The Australian Economy
4th February 2024


Insights on Asian Elections 2024 mentioned in The Economist
Asian Economies
30th January 2024


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“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

“Saul Eslake is … a highly regarded independent economist with the highest degree of integrity"
John Durie, Columnist, The Australian, July 2009

“… one of the few people in this world who can have so many oranges up in the air at the same time but still manage to catch them"
Andrew Clark, journalist, Australian Financial Review, November 2008

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