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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.

Could 'flygskam' take off in a country like Australia?

Could 'flygskam' take off in a country like Australia?

We know that plane travel is terrible for the environment, but 'flight shame' probably won't bring us towards a real solution.

How WeWork coasted on the boom of the 'sharing economy'

How WeWork coasted on the boom of the 'sharing economy'

WeWork is a darling of the international co-working community — so why is it running at such a huge loss? And is it really all that different from a traditional business?

Gutting the future, one start-up at a time

Gutting the future, one start-up at a time

Interest rates are sitting at record lows and the world of start-ups is booming. But there are much more important things that need investment.

Will 'Zuckerbucks' help Facebook take over the world?

Will 'Zuckerbucks' help Facebook take over the world?

Libra, the well-publicised Facebook cryptocurrency experiment, could see hugely destabilising shifts in power.

How the price system helped create our modern world 

How the price system helped create our modern world 

Humans didn’t invent the price system on purpose; we are the beneficiaries of a happy accident.

Desperately seeking surplus, the government looks to reform

Desperately seeking surplus, the government looks to reform

With Frydenberg "absolutely committed to the surplus", all signs are pointing towards labour market reform. This would be a huge mistake.

NIMBYism is out of control in Australia

NIMBYism is out of control in Australia

It is not possible to live in a city and have the size and density level of your area remain constant over the long term. So why do some people think that it is?

Scams are becoming a silent epidemic

Scams are becoming a silent epidemic

Scams rely on the victim’s involvement in their own fleecing. Because of that, we often don't hear enough about them.

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?