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  1. We’re headed for recession but how far will we sink?

    A key difference between the predicted recession and those of the past is this one hasn’t been caused by an economic shock...

  2. Frydenberg and Robertson need a change of bowling style

    When the fast bowlers of monetary policy can’t dislodge economic doldrums, it’s time to draft in some fiscal policy flippers...

  3. Is there any scope for multifactor productivity growth?

    Productivity has stagnated in Australia and New Zealand, but does that mean we have reached the limit of working smarter?...

  4. 3½ reasons why inflation is stubbornly low

    Are central bankers really to blame for unusually low inflation? Growth could stay sluggish, despite their monetary policies...

  5. Examining New Zealand's Budget 2017

    A detailed look at the key components of New Zealand’s Budget 2017, handed down by Finance Minister Steven Joyce on 25 May 2017...

  6. Changing fortunes of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Why hope remains for the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Trump era...

  7. Tony Blair's democratic insurrection

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s call for voters to think again about leaving the European Union was an Emperor’s New Clothes moment...

  8. Why businesses are paying higher dividends

    If projects providing a healthy return cannot be found, businesses will opt to instead pay large dividends to their shareholders...

  9. China’s policy paradox

    An analysis of the conflicting messages Beijing is creating regarding foreign firms operating within China's borders...

  10. Australia, the TPP and US engagement in Asia-Pacific

    What are the implications for economic development in the Asia Pacific following President Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership?...

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