Jason Murphy — Journalist and economist

Jason Murphy

Journalist and economist

Jason Murphy is an economist and freelance journalist. He has worked at The Australian Financial Review and for the Republic of Nauru and the Australian Treasury. He blogs at Thomas the Think Engine.


Does raising the minimum wage put bosses off hiring new staff?

May 18, 2018 5

On the very last day that the FWC was doing consultation for its next wage decision, the RBA published a study showing that rising minimum wages don’t hurt employment.

Government pushes income tax cuts to the distant future

May 8, 2018 3

The government has done a decent job of phasing in income tax cuts -- very, very slowly.

Crime pays: how criminal networks are funding the budget

May 8, 2018 9

The 2018-19 budget is largely going to be funded by criminals. Criminals going straight, that is.

A cash-free Australia coming soon?

May 8, 2018 8

Cash payments in Australia now account for under a third of transactions. And soon it will be even less.

Three easy wins for the government at the 2018 budget

May 7, 2018 4

While it may take a little imagination, a good fantasy budget doesn't need to sit outside the realm of possibility.

In an age of business disruption, McDonald’s isn’t going anywhere

May 4, 2018 1

McDonalds is keeping its business model well oiled, and Australia is a big part of the equation.

The robot revolution might not be as close as you think

April 23, 2018 11

Robots, like automated cars, just aren’t that good at some things humans take for granted — like seeing things straight in front of them.

Should Australia fear another tech wreck?

April 10, 2018 4

Turnbull and co may bemoan the small size of our tech sector, but with certain international stocks so overvalued, Australia may well luck out in the looming bust.

These chopsticks are everything that’s wrong with the economy

April 3, 2018 9

Would you pay $170 for some chopsticks, branded with the logo of a US skateboarding company?

What can we learn from Tasmania’s surprise economic boom?

March 13, 2018 11

The success of Tasmania's economy, which has turned around from being one Australia's least impressive, could be self-perpetuating if state and federal governments can find a way not to screw it up.

Ed-onomics: could popstars like Ed Sheeran bankrupt Australia?

February 20, 2018 15

The upcoming Australian tour is set to move so much money that it has more in common with a significant import than a pop act.

Dope new study examines how we can tackle bikies

February 14, 2018 12

The problem of effective bikie laws, which have been alluding authorities for the better part of a decade, would do well to look at the undeniable affects that drug legalisation has on organised crime

What if bitcoin’s greatest strength is also its great weakness?

February 2, 2018 5

While the systems underpinning bitcoin are truly revolutionary, they will soon hit a real world ceiling. Jason Murphy explains why.

How far will consumer brand partisanship spread?

January 29, 2018 3

Partisanship among brands may be less acute in Australia than it is in the US, but it's not a trend we can ignore.

Supply and remand: why are our prison populations ballooning?

January 18, 2018 21

Despite crime rates falling across the board, our prison populations are booming, and don't look like they're slowing anytime soon. What's putting more Australian's behind bars?

Does Elon Musk hate free markets?

January 12, 2018 4

Tesla's obsession with coordinating all stages of production in-house has been trumpeted as part of its genius, but can the dream last?

Why the RBA needs a more fluid approach to interest rate moves

December 20, 2017 4

The RBA's habit of moving the interest rate by a quarter of a percent each way -- regardless of the needs of the economy -- is outdated and unhealthy.

Vegemite is back in our happy little hands! Now what?

Vegemite is back in our happy little hands! Now what?

December 14, 2017 13

Consumers are where nationalism is made, not in the ranks of enormous food brands.

Every Christmas, the same question: ‘why are there so many people in my city?’

December 5, 2017 3

“Why are there so many people in this city?” we ask ourselves between bursts of road rage. “Couldn’t they be … somewhere else?”

Calculating the total cost of the postal survey (SPOILER: it was a lot more than $100m)

November 17, 2017 9

The important thing is that even with the $22 million saving, the $100 million cost to the government is nowhere near the whole cost of the plebiscite.