• Will future generations bear the COVID bill?

    Victoria Tichá     |      September 13, 2021

    Governments are spending at unprecedented levels. Where does this money come from, and are governments saddling young people with too much debt?

  • Understanding Australia’s tax concessions to attract overseas talent

    Anton Lucanus     |      September 8, 2021

    Australian expats abroad are currently paying tax to foreign tax authorities. They have suddenly become the focus for Australia’s 2021-22 Federal Budget.

  • Bad tempered steel

    David Uren     |      August 31, 2021

    A recent report in China’s Global Times newspaper suggests Chinese steel mills are imposing discriminatory cuts to exports to Australia as a new element in the continuing campaign of economic coercion against us.

  • Post-school transitions to employment in the age of COVID-19

    Lucas Walsh     |      August 28, 2021

    COVID has disrupted the plans of young people planning further education and careers over the last 18 months, and a new study looks to investigate their experiences and hopes for the future.

  • Global fall in foreign investment reflects rise in geopolitical tensions

    David Uren     |      August 25, 2021

    Foreign direct investment is increasingly being seen as a threat to national security as relations between China and the West deteriorate. Twenty-five nations imposed new security regulations controlling investment inflows during the past year.

  • Global shipping bounces back

    David Uren     |      July 22, 2021

    The pandemic prompted calls for greater self-sufficiency, but global shipping is back to pre-COVID proportions, although fissures in international relations threaten to undermine this recovery.

  • Australia’s asymmetric advantages in global trade

    David Uren     |      June 29, 2021

    Australia’s phenomenal resource endowment has once again seen it through a difficult period in the global economy, with supercharged commodity markets siphoning some of the stimulus spending by the world’s major economies into Australian pockets.

  • Is technology slowing growth?

    Richard Holden     |      June 19, 2021

    Technology is usually assumed to be a spur for growth, but recent innovations may have actually reduced global economic productivity.

  • 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.