SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

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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.

Fiscal Policy and Public Debt

Economic Policies, Economic Video | 2nd October 2021

 Login or subscribe to view the full video and presentation slides Login Subcribe In this webinar Saul focuse public debt. How worried should we be about the increase in the amount of debt incurred by Australia’s federal and state governments since the onset of Covid-19?  Is it important that public debt be “paid off” […]


Video and Presentation Slides: Fiscal Policy and Public Debt

Economic Policies | 29th September 2021

Saul Eslake's webinar on fiscal policy and public debt. How worried should we be about the increase in the amount of debt incurred by Australia’s federal and state governments since the onset of Covid-19?  Is it important that public debt be “paid off” at some point in the future? What criteria should we use to judge whether any given level of public debt is “sustainable”? If the level of public debt is, or were to become “unsustainable”, what could or should be done?

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The “corrupt bargain” imposed by the Morrison Government

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania | 28th September 2021

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks‘ Mike O’Loughlin about Tasmania’s Treasury’s findings regarding the “corrupt bargain” imposed by the Morrison Government regarding the distribution of GST revenue among the states and territories, 28th September 2021


Old wine in new bottles: more ‘rent-seeking’ from South Australian manufacturing interests

Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 17th September 2021

There’s a new lobby group pleading for preferential treatment for manufacturing in the name of ensuring ‘sovereignty’, a word of which the present Federal Government is especially fond. But it boils down to the same old rent-seeking that has been a feature of Australian manufacturing policy for most of the past 120 years. (Full text […]


The ‘corrupt bargain’ underpinning WA’s budget surpluses

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Taxation | 16th September 2021

Article published in the Australian Financial Review on 16th September 2021, examining the way in which Western Australia’s budget surpluses are being bolstered at the expense of the rest of Australia by the ‘corrupt bargain’ over shares of revenue from the GST imposed by the Morrison Government three years ago


Housing Grants: more harm than good

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 15th September 2021

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks‘ Mike O’loughlin on 14th September, 2021 about housing affordability crisis 


Housing affordability crisis with Brooke Corte

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy | 14th September 2021

Saul talks to 2GB‘s Money News‘ Brooke Corte about housing affordabilty crisis


This is a recession – we’re just not calling it one

Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 9th September 2021

Op-ed published in the Australian Financial Review of 9th August 2021 –  arguing (1) that we are in a recession now, irrespective of whether we have two consecutive quarterly contractions in real GDP, and (2) that although it shares some of the ‘responsibility’ for this second recession, the federal government’s fiscal policy response to it […]


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ECONOMIC CHART PACK


Beginning in June 2020, Saul began publishing the Coronavirus Impact Chart Pack, a weekly publication tracking the course of Covid-19 and its impact on economies around the world, including Australia and New Zealand. Starting at just under 60 pages, by the second half of 2021 it had grown to more than 150 pages.

From the beginning of this year, 2022, the Chart Pack has been replaced with three separate publications:

Each of these chart packs will continue to trace the impact of the virus (for as long as that’s relevant), economic data, developments in monetary and fiscal policy, trends in financial markets, and (where relevant) political developments. They will be accessible to subscribers of the Premium Access package.

The World Economy chart pack will have sections covering the global economy, and the economies of major regions – including the United States, Europe, China, Japan, other East Asian countries, India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (very briefly), Latin America and Central & Eastern Europe.


"I see a lot of chart packs in my line of work, but yours is about the best I have seen. It is amazingly comprehensive, covering far more of the world than any individual is entitled to cover, the charts are clear and easy to understand and they drill down into each topic in a very satisfying way. So well done, Saul."

Alan Kohler, ABC finance presenter, founder of Eureka Report


"A timely and comprehensive summary from one of Australia's best economists."

Adam Creighton, Economics Editor for The Australian


“I continue to find your thinking invaluable - this year to my ritual weekend reading of the economist I have happily added ‘Saul’s latest’.”

Rufus Black, former Managing Partner of McKinsey’s, and currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania


“Your chart pack is amazing - and thanks for offering to add me to the mailing list, that would be great to be included. Everything you could want to know is there - and the way the data are organised and presented to tell the stories makes it so easy to follow.”

Prof Jeff Borland, Truby Williams Professor of Economics, The University of Melbourne, Website


“An excellent summary. Although I take a great interest in what’s happening with COVID-19 day by day In Australia and Internationally, I always find your weekly summary a very interesting review of the past week.”

retired former Chief Executive Officer of a District Hospital Service in New South Wales


THE WORLD ECONOMY THIS WEEK
24th January 2022



This chart pack, published on Monday morning (Eastern Australian time) each week, portrays developments in the global economy and in the economies of major nations and regions – the United States, Europe, China, Japan, other East Asian economies, India, Canada, Australia & New Zealand*, Latin America and Central & Eastern Europe – with particular emphasis on:

  • the impact of Covid-19,
  • economic growth,
  • labour markets,
  • international trade and payments,
  • inflation,
  • fiscal and monetary policy,
  • bond, currency and stock markets, and
  • where relevant, political developments

The pack typically runs to 110-120 pages and includes more than 570 individual charts as well as tables and text.

* for more detailed coverage of Australia and New Zealand please see The Australian Economy this Week and The New Zealand Economy this Month, respectively.

THE WORLD ECONOMY THIS WEEK 2022-01-24

THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY THIS WEEK
28th January 2022



This chart pack, published on Friday evening (Eastern Australian time) each week, portrays developments in the Australian economy, with particular emphasis on:

  • the impact of Covid-19,
  • broad indicators of economic growth,
  • conditions in the business sector
  • the household sector, and consumer spending
  • housing finance and construction. and the residential property market
  • the labour market
  • commodity prices, trade and the balance of payments
  • inflation,
  • fiscal and monetary policy,
  • Australian financial markets

Closer to this year’s federal elections – which have to be held no later than 29th May – we will include some pages on political developments as well.

The pack typically runs to 80-90 pages and includes some 280 charts.

For coverage of the global economy, please see The World Economy this Week

THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY THIS WEEK 2022-01-28

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ABC Radio National Breakfast


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Dr Joe Flood, Adjunct Fellow, RMIT University, Pandemicia


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WHAT'S NEW

Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


The World Economy this Week 2022-01-24

The World Economy This Week | 24th January 2022

The Australian Economy this Week 2022-01-28

The Australian Economy This Week | 28th January 2022

Interview with Eureka Report’s Alan Kohler, 15th December 2021
Housing, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy, The Global Economy
15th December 2021


Housing prices, housing affordability and home ownership
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview
11th December 2021


The costs and consequences of ‘small business fetishism’
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Publications, Taxation, The Australian Economy
10th December 2021


Housing affordability and what could be done about it
Economic Policies, Housing, News, Recent Media Interview, Tasmania
7th December 2021


Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2021-2022
Economic Policies, News, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
7th December 2021


The Advocate supports my calls for more economic reform to improve Tasmanians’ living standards
Economic Policies, News, Tasmania
3rd December 2021


‘Minding the store’? Or ‘building a bigger and better store’?
Economic Policies, Tasmania, The Australian Economy
3rd December 2021


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?
Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview
30th November 2021


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?
Australian Society and Politics, Covid-19 Video, News, Recent Media Interview
29th November 2021


Should unvaccinated Australians pay a higher medicare levy?
Australian Society and Politics, News, Recent Media Interview
29th November 2021


Indonesia as an investment destination
Asian Economies, Economic Video
25th November 2021


Tasmania records strong economic growth in 2020-21 but remains Australia’s poorest state
Economic Video, News, Tasmania
23rd November 2021


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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"
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