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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.


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

November 17, 2017 9 Comments

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.

How to save the news business, Netflix style

January 16, 2017 2 Comments

Would an all-you-can-eat Netflix approach to news save the media business?

Oi ScoMo, cracking down on welfare cheats isn’t that simple

December 21, 2016 7 Comments

Improving welfare compliance is a policy we can all support -- in principle.

Yes, we need to introduce congestion pricing. Here’s how to do it.

December 14, 2016 8 Comments

The key is to not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

Cutting the brakes on a runaway housing market

November 21, 2016 2 Comments

The question isn't if we can do it. The question is whether we can do it fast enough.

Why we are worried about robots taking our jobs

October 27, 2016 3 Comments

People, right now, are very much buying into the idea that robots will take their jobs and leave them bereft.

Why you don’t want to win a Nobel Prize this year

October 5, 2016 2 Comments

Sure, it's nice to get recognised for being outstanding in your field. But if you want to make the most of your Nobel lucre, this is not a good year.

The impending tragedy of Elon Musk

September 22, 2016 7 Comments

Tesla is heading down the tubes, but investors are too blinded by their hero worship to see it.

Your SUV is killing people and making roads more dangerous

September 13, 2016 26 Comments

Australia needs to regulate enormous cars, writes economist Jason Murphy, because the current system is an arms race that will end up in fatalities.

Why is the RBA letting inflation slide?

August 1, 2016 4 Comments

Australia's inflation rate is way below the RBA's target band. Is another cash rate cut on the cards?