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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.

A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

A (possibly bananas) idea for how to stop governments from robbing the future

Let’s indulge in a flight of imagination for a moment. Could we change the fundamental shape of government so climate change et al are not ignored?

With the fizz going out of Coke sales, Coca-Cola Amatil turns elsewhere

With the fizz going out of Coke sales, Coca-Cola Amatil turns elsewhere

Coke sales have gone flat, but Coca-Cola Amatil still has a few hundred brands up its sleeve. How is it staving off the decline of the world's most popular drink?

Has reality finally caught up with the driverless car hype?

Has reality finally caught up with the driverless car hype?

Despite a colossal level of hype, a few small signs indicate driverless cars might be on our roads sooner rather than later.

Stressed, depressed and working less: why it's time to stop ignoring underemployment

Stressed, depressed and working less: why it's time to stop ignoring underemployment

As part-time work skyrockets, so too does underemployment. But what can we do about this, and what effect is it having on our mental health?

Huge boost to Tesla as Elon Musk learns to behave

Huge boost to Tesla as Elon Musk learns to behave

With on-and-off the field antics out of the way, Elon Musk can now focus on the wildly difficult task of scaling Tesla up.

Do we have Australian house prices under control?

Do we have Australian house prices under control?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

Will Australia survive China's Lehman Brothers moment?

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