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’

Economics and Economists


The American actor Will Rogers once said (in 1932) that “an economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s” (click here for more jokes about economists). More seriously, Paul Krugman (a Nobel Prize winning economist who these days is probably better known for his acerbic columns in the New York Times) wrote, “Economists may make lots of bad predictions, but they do have a method – a systematic way of thinking about the world that is more true than not, that gives them genuine if imperfect expertise. That is also, of course, why lay commentators and other social scientists tend to hate them”. Some of my thoughts about my profession and its practitioners are here.

Why study economics?

Economics and Economists | 23rd October 2017

A short video for the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, at the University of Tasmania


Choices, Luck and Forecasting

Economics and Economists | 18th May 2015

Address to’The Friendly Conference’, hosted by the Friends’ School, Hobart, 18th May 2015


Forecasting is more than just luck

Economics and Economists | 15th November 2014

Article published in ‘Management Today’, the magazine of the Australian Institute of Management, November 2014


Reflections on and lessons from a career as an economist

Economics and Economists, Publications | 10th November 2013

Article published in ‘Insights’, by the Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne, vol 14, Nov 2013, pp.45-51


On the Role of Economists, and Leaving Tasmania

Economics and Economists, Tasmania | 16th December 2012

Occasional Address at the University of Tasmania’s Graduation Ceremony for students of the Faculty of Commerce, 16th December 2002


Reflections on climate change, and the quality of Australian economists

Economics and Economists, Publications | 6th July 2011

Op-ed article published in the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers on 6th July 2011


‘Commuting the Death Sentence’: The Role of Editors in the Australian Economy

Economics and Economists | 11th May 2007

Talk to the Third National Conference of Professional Editors, Hobart, 11th May 2007


The Importance of Accurate, Reliable and Timely Data

Economics and Economists | 19th May 2006

Discussion Paper prepared for a group of ‘Eminent Australians’ working with the Indigenous community of the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, 19th May 2006


EVENTS

Saul Eslake online presentation
“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, June 2020. 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, August 2020.


“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, July 2020. 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, July 2020.


“100 slides in 1 hour!! While very comprehensive you do not make everyday people, such as myself, feels clueless, out of depth or bored. You have an amazing ability to project the same energy and intensity from your desk as if you were standing on stage. These qualities make you standout from the rest.”

“anonymous” audience member, July 2020.


online events @ saul-eslake.com


SEP

7th

The Impact of Covid-19 on the Global and Australian economies

Saul’s online seminar focusing on the Global and Australian economies.
Join Saul Eslake from the comfort of your device anywhere in the world.

1.00 pm AEST
11:00 am Hong Kong | 8:00 pm Los Angeles
$39.99 AUD
Early Bird $29.99 - code: AUG-2020 valid until 31 AUG 2020.

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OCT

7th

Assessment of the 2020-21 Australian Federal Budget

Saul’s assessment of the 2020-21 Australian Federal Budget. Join Saul Eslake from the comfort of your device anywhere in the world.

1.00 pm AEST
10:00 am Hong Kong | 7:00 pm Los Angeles
$39.99
Early Bird $29.99 - code: AUG-2020 valid until 31 AUG 2020.

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OCT

28th

Preview of the US Presidential and Congressional elections

Saul’s preview of the US Presidential and Congressional elections. Join Saul Eslake from the comfort of your device anywhere in the world.

1.00 pm AEST
10:00 am Hong Kong | 7:00 pm Los Angeles
$39.99
Early Bird $29.99 - code: AUG-2020 valid until 31 AUG 2020.

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External Speaking Engagements


Speaking Engagement Request

WEEKLY CHART PACK

Coronavirus Impact 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, 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.

Coronavirus Impact Chart Pack 2020-08-08



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VIDEO

Recent Presentations


The Impact of Covid-19 to the Global and Australian economies, 29 July 2020
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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

“An outstanding presentation that was lucid, logical and blended hard facts with humour. And Saul comfortably communicated to meet the wide range of ages, occupations and knowledge of our guests”
Anthony Starkins, Executive Director, First Samuel Ltd, August 2016


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