Category Archives: Economics

The catch-all category for my blogs reflecting my professional expertise as a full professor of economics.

European Employment Strategy – barely a new job in sight

Eurostat released the latest – Employment – data for July 2014 last week (September 12, 2014) and announced that total employment was up by 0.2 per cent in the euro area. For those that study the data closely you will … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone | 12 Comments

Japan’s growth slows under tax hikes but the OECD want more

The OECD yesterday released their interim Economic Outlook and claimed that real economic growth around the world was slowing because of a lack of spending. Correct. But then they determined that structural reforms and further fiscal contraction was required in … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Japan | 7 Comments

Public employment and other matters of scale

I gave a keynote presentation at a recent conference where I showed that public sector employment contractions in Australia were a significant part of the rise in unemployment in Australia since the late 1980s. Had the public maintained its scale … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 11 Comments

Myths regarding sovereign funds

There was an article in the Australian edition of the UK Guardian last week (September 4, 2014) – Oil tax: Norway could teach Australia a thing or two about managing wealth – which demonstrates the myths that pervade the public … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 6 Comments

Neo-liberal capture of the policy making process in Europe

Mainstream macroeconomics has mounted a range of arguments over the years to argue against any discretionary involvement by governments or regulators in the economy. The claim is always that the ‘market’ will self regulate and weed out bad players and … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone | 7 Comments

Large-scale employment guarantee scheme in India improving over time

Today I am reflecting on employment guarantees. I ran into a mate in a computer shop in Melbourne yesterday, totally by accident. He happens to be one of the big players in the job services sector – the unemployment industry. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Job Guarantee | 6 Comments

Why we should close the ‘unemployment industry’

This morning I gave a Keynote presentation to the Jobs Australia conference in Melbourne, which is a gathering of people who work in what I call the extra industry – the ‘unemployment industry’ – which has sprung up in the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Labour Force, Unemployment Benefits, Youth unemployment | 17 Comments

Real GDP growth now requires less energy but is that the point?

Regular readers will know that I am pro-growth – economic growth that is. I get criticised for saying that by Greens and such because they only consider GDP growth within their own economic paradigm, which is tainted, if only subconsciously, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate change, Economics, UK Economy | 33 Comments

RBA spills the beans on Australia’s failed fiscal strategy

The Governor and other senior officials of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) appeared before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics yesterday (August 20, 2014), as part of the review by the Government of the 2013 RBA Annual … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 16 Comments

Real wages falling and Treasury continues to deceive

There is growing pressure on Australia’s wage setting tribunals to scrap penalty and overtime rates, allegedly because they damage employment and firms are just busting to put more workers on as long as wages drop. I have had a long … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, Labour costs | 10 Comments