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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.

Transparency in Trade Policy

Economic Policies | 13th July 2011

Remarks at a Panel Discussion on ‘The Future of Trade Policy’ at the 40th Conference of Economists, Australian National University, Canberra, 13th July 2011

Yes, we could have bananas … 

Economic Policies, Publications | 14th February 2011

Op-ed article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers on 14th February 2011

Debate about banks’ lending rates misses the point

Economic Policies, Publications | 3rd November 2010

Article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, 3rd November 2010

Higher inflation targets would not be a good idea

Economic Policies, Publications | 25th February 2010

Article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, 25th February 2010

Labour Market Flexibility and Australia’s Experience of the Global Financial Crisis

Economic Policies, Labour Market | 15th November 2009

Paper prepared by Saul Eslake, Program Director – Productivity Growth The Grattan Institute, 15th November 2009

After the Crisis: What are the Social Policy Challenges?

Economic Policies | 5th November 2009

Address to Melbourne Institute and The Australian’s 2009 Economic and Social Outlook Conference, 5th November 2009

Inappropriately low interest rates are as dangerous as inappropriately high ones

Economic Policies, Publications | 17th September 2009

Article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, 17th September 2009

Anticipating Crises in Markets and Government

Economic Policies | 3rd September 2009

Introductory remarks, Plenary Session at ANZSOG Conference, 3rd September 2009


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