Different diagnoses, different cures

Has feckless Australia set itself up for a post-boom slump? Tom Westland reviews two new books that see the prospects quite differently

23 Jul 14 | Comments (0)

How Thomas Piketty found a mass audience, and what it means for public policy

Thomas Piketty’s phenomenally successful Capital confirms that Western countries are becoming less equal. John Quiggin looks at how he fits into a long-running debate about inequality, and finds some encouraging signs

30 May 14 | Comments (1)

Hard yards

Florian Schui reveals the gap between the arguments for austerity and its real-world effects, writes Geoffrey Barker, and shows why the idea is still so attractive to so many

10 Apr 14 | Comments (0)

Direct Action subsidies: wrong way, go back

Nothing has happened since the election to challenge the view that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan for carbon reduction is vastly inferior to carbon pricing, write Frank Jotzo and Paul Burke

17 Mar 14 | Comments (1)

Digging into the resource curse

The life stories of four mining magnates illuminate where Australia’s economy is headed, writes Michael Gilding. The political and social effects could be profound

05 Mar 14 | Comments (0)

Doing the dirty work

An attack on the unions won’t necessarily have the expected political impact, writes Frank Bongiorno

19 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Who’s in charge of the euro?

Unlike its political counterpart, the seventeen-member eurozone has no government and no centre of political power, writes James Panichi. Debate is intensifying about whether more integration, or less, is the solution

12 Dec 13 | Comments (0)

The revolutionary box

It’s not just sweatshop labour that keeps down the price of the stuff we buy, writes Brett Evans

02 Dec 13 | Comments (4)