Category Archives: Economics

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

Austerity hacks into our cultural heritage

As I noted last Friday, the Australian government has announced it will be cutting a massive part of the budgets of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), both publicly-owned national media organisations as part of … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Music | 10 Comments

A depressing report from Florence

I am in Rome today and tomorrow. This afternoon I am giving a presentation at the Roma Tre University (UniversitĂ  degli Studi Roma Tre) on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and how we might advance the spread of the ideas. There … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone | 6 Comments

Australian Treasurer unqualified to do his job

Australia hosted the recent G20 Meeting in Brisbane and showcased our embarrassing political leadership. Leading into the summit, our Prime Minister had said he would “shirt front” Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Instead he met with the Russian and together they … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 8 Comments

When fiscal policy is misrepresented

On Tuesday, Australians woke to headlines – Treasurer Joe Hockey faces $51 billion deterioration in finances between budget and MYEFO, economists say – and a story of “black holes”. The so-called director of budget and forecasting at a consulting firm … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 7 Comments

Back to 1917 – the wealth distribution in the US

The current evolution of Capitalism is taking the world back to where it was in the early C20th, before trade unions were strong enough to protect workers’ rights, before central governments were willing to mediate the class struggle and step … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Labour costs, US economy | 11 Comments

ABS revises labour force methodology – things are much worse than we thought

Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released an extraordinary press notice – Statement from the Australian Statistician on the Labour Force estimates – which aimed to help everyone understand why the Labour Force data has been so weird lately. A … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Labour Force, Teaching models | 4 Comments

The secular stagnation hoax

Last year, the concept of secular stagnation was reintroduced into the economics lexicon as a way of explaining the lack of growth in advanced nations. Apparently, we were facing a long-term future of low growth and elevated levels of unemployment … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, Job Guarantee, US economy | 27 Comments

Self-imposed corporate regulations control workers but choke productivity

Two new industries have emerged in this neo-liberal era. The first is what I call the ‘unemployment’ industry, which operates to case manage the unemployed that poorly crafted fiscal policy has deliberately created and entrenched into our modern societies. A … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 18 Comments

The case of the financial commentator who turned into a banana

Today, I am writing about the mysterious case of the financial commentator who turned into a banana. It happened around 4.5 years ago and has left a disturbing trail of comedic predictions. The person in question still looks a little … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone, US economy | 10 Comments

Bolivia – defiant and prosperous as a result

There was a UK Guardian article yesterday (October 15, 2014) – Evo Morales has proved that socialism doesn’t damage economies – that recounted the recent economic history of Bolivia. There has been growing awareness in the Western press of what … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, IMF | 7 Comments