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Income shock forces Australians to raid savings

Australian Financial Review, by Jacob Greber.
‘Australia’s living standards are falling on a sustained basis for the first time in 50 years – this is not a short-term trend,’ said Andrew Charlton, co-founder of economic advisory firm AlphaBeta and an ex-adviser

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Rethinking Industry Policy

AlphaBeta report by Andrew Charlton & Fraser Thompson.
Seven rules for pro-competitive, pro-Globalisation industry policy: ‘Active industrial policy should be guided by practical experience of what works, not the result of a messy compromise between

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Australian Economic Update – Is Australia still a developed country?

By Andrew Charlton.
Resource exports still tanking: Australia’s trade data released today shows that our resources exports are in serious trouble. The news coverage has positively reported that our ‘trade deficit shrank in May.’

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‘Banana Republic’ Tag Haunts Australia 30 Years On

Bloomberg Business by Michael Heath.
Paul Keating’s warning in 1968 that sent the currency tumbling emerges again.

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Singapore’s Productivity Imperative: the three missing pieces

Singapore Business Times by Fraser Thompson.
As Noble laureate, Paul Krugman famously noted, ‘Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run is it almost everything.’ It is the ultimate driver of prosperity and living standards. A loss of momentum in this area

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Australian Economic Update – GDP still weak… What’s killing Australia’s growth?

By Andrew Charlton.
The longest period of below-trend growth for 50 years: The announcement today that the Australian economy grew 2.3% over the last year has been reported as a ‘positive surprise.’ But if growth of nearly

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