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.


Ed-onomics: could popstars like Ed Sheeran bankrupt Australia?

February 20, 2018 13

The upcoming Australian tour is set to move so much money that it has more in common with a significant import than a pop act.

Dope new study examines how we can tackle bikies

February 14, 2018 12

The problem of effective bikie laws, which have been alluding authorities for the better part of a decade, would do well to look at the undeniable affects that drug legalisation has on organised crime

What if bitcoin’s greatest strength is also its great weakness?

February 2, 2018 5

While the systems underpinning bitcoin are truly revolutionary, they will soon hit a real world ceiling. Jason Murphy explains why.

How far will consumer brand partisanship spread?

January 29, 2018 3

Partisanship among brands may be less acute in Australia than it is in the US, but it's not a trend we can ignore.

Supply and remand: why are our prison populations ballooning?

January 18, 2018 21

Despite crime rates falling across the board, our prison populations are booming, and don't look like they're slowing anytime soon. What's putting more Australian's behind bars?

Does Elon Musk hate free markets?

January 12, 2018 4

Tesla's obsession with coordinating all stages of production in-house has been trumpeted as part of its genius, but can the dream last?

Why the RBA needs a more fluid approach to interest rate moves

December 20, 2017 4

The RBA's habit of moving the interest rate by a quarter of a percent each way -- regardless of the needs of the economy -- is outdated and unhealthy.

Vegemite is back in our happy little hands! Now what?

Vegemite is back in our happy little hands! Now what?

December 14, 2017 13

Consumers are where nationalism is made, not in the ranks of enormous food brands.

Every Christmas, the same question: ‘why are there so many people in my city?’

December 5, 2017 3

“Why are there so many people in this city?” we ask ourselves between bursts of road rage. “Couldn’t they be … somewhere else?”

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

November 17, 2017 9

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.