• Maintaining ethical supply chains

    Medo Pournader     |      June 19, 2021

    Human rights groups and researchers are warning that a combination of increased unemployment and new demand for labour in expanding areas like personal protective equipment (PPE) and agriculture means there is a real risk of increased worker exploitation and even slavery.

  • The green shoots of recovery

    Open Forum     |      June 12, 2021

    While Germany, Italy and the United States will participate in the G7 summit as global leaders in green competitiveness, Australia will attend as a ‘green laggard’, according to a new global analysis. 

  • COVID-19 and the global microchip shortage

    John Hopkins     |      June 5, 2021

    The manufacturing world is facing one of its greatest challenges in years in the form of a global shortage of semiconductors – and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.

  • Tougher environmental policies can create economic winners

    Ou Yang     |      June 4, 2021

    There seems to be a working assumption that if Australia adopts tougher environmental policies, then economic growth will be undermined but new research finds the opposite is true.

  • Bouncing back

    Richard Holden     |      May 29, 2021

    An uptick in business investment suggests a bright outlook for jobs and output as the economy recovers from the measures imposed to control COVID-19.

  • A billion-dollar waste of migrant skills

    Prabha Bogoda Arachchige     |      May 24, 2021

    One in four permanent skilled migrants work in a job beneath their skill level according to a CEDA report, and this skill underutilisation is costing the Australian economy at least $1.25 billion.

  • Economic ups and downs

    Richard Holden     |      May 23, 2021

    Australia’s official unemployment rate falling to 5.5% is enough to make a treasurer dance but we shouldn’t get too carried away.

  • The budget can help young workers

    Craig Donaldson     |      May 5, 2021

    Labour market scarring can have a lifelong effect on people’s earnings and their ability to climb the employment ladder, says UNSW Business School’s Richard Holden.

  • Can Asia reinvent global trade?

    Bilahari Kausikan     |      April 27, 2021

    Asia is becoming the world’s most important trading region, and its political divisions and realities are increasingly shaping the global economy.

  • The risks of economic coercion

    Youngseok Park     |      April 12, 2021

    China’s attempts to bully Australia and other nations through trade bans could back-fire.

  • Labor’s plan to boost post-pandemic manufacturing

    Michelle Grattan     |      March 31, 2021

    The Labor Party has pledged the creation of a $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to promote manufacturing in Australia’s post pandemic economy.

  • More vaccinations means more jobs

    Richard Holden     |      March 27, 2021

    Australia weathered the pandemic well, but a greater sense of urgency is required to vaccinate the population and get the economy going again.