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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.

The falling Aussie dollar protects us from Trump's economic idiocy

The falling Aussie dollar protects us from Trump's economic idiocy

It’s a great time to have a lower dollar. But we wouldn't want it to stay too low for too long.

What’s the future of Myer and David Jones?

What’s the future of Myer and David Jones?

The question is: will either of our big department stores succumb to woeful conditions? And if so, who goes first?

Google Australia is unprecedented in how it will impact tax and media

Google Australia is unprecedented in how it will impact tax and media

Of Google's $4.3 billion in revenue, $3.7 billion is from advertising. That makes it a true monster of hitherto unseen size in the Australian media landscape.

The Reserve Bank has failed to keep inflation in check

The Reserve Bank has failed to keep inflation in check

The RBA continues to fail to do what it is supposed to: keep inflation in the target range.

Is a great wave going to swamp Australia's housing market?

Is a great wave going to swamp Australia's housing market?

With a small but growing percentage of homeowners owing banks sums greater than the value of their homes, what are the looming risks to the economy?

Smoking is down but it's still bringing in big bucks for the government

Smoking is down but it's still bringing in big bucks for the government

Pulling in a budget surplus from tobacco excise has knock-on effects that need to be considered

Dark matter, cessnas and spin bowlers – a stroll past the budget’s more unusual choices

Dark matter, cessnas and spin bowlers – a stroll past the budget’s more unusual choices

An underground physics laboratory to study dark matter in Stawell? You bet. Visa exemptions for spin bowlers? Absolutely!

How do Frydenberg’s much-vaunted tax cuts work?

How do Frydenberg’s much-vaunted tax cuts work?

The Coalition has tried a couple of sneaky manoeuvres in bigging up its tax cuts in the 2019 budget.

Can you trust what the budget says about the economy?

Can you trust what the budget says about the economy?

It’s near impossible to make a budget in an atmosphere of such economic uncertainty.

How Trump turned a damning report into a political victory, for now

How Trump turned a damning report into a political victory, for now

In any other context a report that sums up how Russians influenced a presidential election in his favour would be bad news for the sitting president.