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’

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.

The pros and cons of cutting company income tax

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Richard Aedy | ABC Radio National Breakfast | 10th May 2018 Interview with ABC Radio National’s The Money program hosted by Richard Aedy, broadcast on Thursday 10th May 2018


Panel discussion of the 2018-19 Australian Government Budget

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Hosted by the University of Canberra’s National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at Parliament House, on 10th May 2018. Other panellists were Senator the Hon Matt Canavan (Minister for Resources); the Hon Andrew Leigh MP (Shadow Assistant Treasurer); and veteran political journalist Michelle Grattan; and chaired by Jane Halton, formerly Secretary of the […]


An analysis of the 2018-19 Australian Government Budget

Economic Policies | 10th May 2018

Presentation to a post-budget breakfast hosted by accounting firm Moore Stephens in Melbourne on 10th May 2018


What should be – and what will be – in the 2018-19 Australian federal budget?

Economic Policies | 3rd May 2018

Talk to a ‘Policy in the Bar’ event hosted by the Australian National University’s College of Business and Law, Canberra, 3rd May 2018


Economist Saul Eslake looks ahead to the budget

Economic Policies, News | 26th April 2018

Kumi Taguchi | ABC-TV’s 7:30 | 26th April 2018 Saul discusses the Government’s decision to dump its proposed increase in the Medicare Levy (to fund additional spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme) and provide for income tax cuts in the forthcoming 2018-19 federal Budget With the Government announcing its plan to scrap a proposed […]


Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Review of Horizontal Fiscal Equalization

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 10th November 2017

The Productivity Commission (PC) is conducting a review of the way in which the revenue from Australia’s goods and services tax (GST) is shared among Australia’s States and Territories, with a view to evening out their capacity to provide a similar range and standard of public services to their citizens, having regard both to differences […]


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.


PREMIUM ACCESS


Weekly Chart Pack and Online Event


Next Online Event

WEEKLY CHART PACK


Each weekend since mid-April I’ve been preparing, updating and distributing a weekly Coronavirus Impact Chart Pack to people in Australia and overseas. Running to over 100 pages it includes:

  • charts tracking the spread of Covid-19, globally and in Australia, and government responses to it;
  • the impact on the global economy and major individual economies such as China, Japan, other Asian economies, the US and Europe;
  • financial and commodities markets;
  • multiple aspects of the Australian economy, including state-level comparisons, and the policy responses of the Australian and state or territory governments, and the Reserve Bank of Australia; and
  • similar, though smaller coverage of the New Zealand economy.

The Coronavirus Impact Chart Pack will be updated every Saturday afternoon, Australian time, for as long as it remains topical. It will be accessible to subscribers of the Premium Access package.

If and when Covid-19 ceases to be front and centre of attention (as it is now) – whenever that might be – I will continue to prepare a Weekly Chart Pack, but with a focus on whatever replaces the virus as the issue du jour.

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
10th April 2021


CORONAVIRUS IMPACT CHART PACK 2021-04-10

"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 you 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


WEEKLY CHART PACK

EVENTS

Saul Eslake online presentation


“You are the best economic thinker in the country hands down”

Sheryle Bagwell, recently retired Senior Business Correspondent (and sometime Executive Producer),
ABC Radio National Breakfast


"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


“I continue to find you 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


“Just want to congratulate you Saul on the unbelievably good set of slides you just presented, possibly the best I have ever seen. You have set the bar very high.”

Dr Joe Flood, Adjunct Fellow, RMIT University, Pandemicia


“Thank you very much for your excellent presentation for the Economic Society today. It is always a great pleasure to hear your eloquent, up-to-date and comprehensive talks.”

Andrew Trembath, economist, Victorian and Australian Government agencies


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WHAT'S NEW

Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


Coronavirus Impact Chart Pack 2021-04-01

Chart Pack | 10th April 2021

The Australian economy’s recovery from the corona-recession, and implications for interest rates
Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 8th April 2021

Rebound in growth could force RBA’s hand on rates
Economic Policies, News, Publications, The Australian Economy | 8th April 2021

The west is having its iron ore cake – and eating it too
Economic Policies, News, Publications, The Australian Economy | 24th March 2021

Third stage of the Government’s Tax Plan probably won’t boost economic growth
Economic Policies, News, Taxation | 22nd March 2021

Tasmania needs to ‘fix’ its education and health systems
News, Tasmania | 22nd March 2021

Western Australia’s share of GST revenues
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies | 19th March 2021

Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Australia
The Australian Economy | 17th March 2021

A Pre-Election Western Australia Chart Pack
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 10th March 2021

China’s Economy
Asian Economies, The Global Economy | 10th March 2021

Tasmania’s Economy and Trade
Tasmania | 2nd March 2021

Tasmania in the time of Covid-19 (and afterwards)
Tasmania | 20th February 2021

Tasmania’s Economy and Education Systems in the Time of Covid-19 (and Afterwards)
Education, Tasmania | 18th February 2021

Interview with Tasmania Talks’ Mike O’loughlin
Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Tasmania | 16th February 2021

Economist Saul Eslake questions need for so many details
Australian Society and Politics, News, Tasmania | 15th February 2021

Covid-19 globally and the prospects for the world economy
The Global Economy | 10th February 2021

CommSec ranks Tasmania the top performing State economy
Tasmania | 29th January 2021

The Australian economy and its recovery from the Covid recession
The Australian Economy | 28th January 2021

Success in containing virus crucial to economic recovery
Publications | 19th December 2020

VIDEO

Recent Presentations


The Impact of Covid-19 series

These videos are available to audience of Saul’s presentations as soon as they are uploaded and will be available to public one month after the presentation date.

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TESTIMONIALS

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

“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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