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.

July, 2018

Do we have Australian house prices under control?

, Jul 11, 2018

The current tumble in house prices has been gently engineered by the government, but for how long?

The team changing Australia’s behaviour, one nudge at a time

, Jul 05, 2018

The government's BETA team are working out tiny, near-invisible ways to influence our everyday decisions.

Forget the underdogs, FIFA wants the big players in the next World Cup

, Jun 18, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already had its fair share of David and Goliath moments. But with hundreds of millions of soccer fans missing out on representation, won't somebody think of the advertisers?

Australians’ wealth is tied up in housing. That’s not a good thing.

, Jun 08, 2018

A new report shows Australian wealth has skyrocketed, but that's not as great as it sounds. What happens when all this money is tied up in housing?

Will Australia survive China’s Lehman Brothers moment?

, May 29, 2018

The RBA's Philip Lowe has warned that a financial collapse in China would be devastating to Australia. Unfortunately, the symptoms are all there.

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

, May 18, 2018

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 08, 2018

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 08, 2018

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

A cash-free Australia coming soon?

, May 08, 2018

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 07, 2018

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