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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.

Do you really know what you're signing up for with a loyalty card?

Do you really know what you're signing up for with a loyalty card?

The ACCC crackdown on loyalty programs like Qantas Frequent Flyers, Flybuys and Woolworth Rewards has shown they're all getting far more than they're giving.

How do you get a whole country back to the shops?

How do you get a whole country back to the shops?

Australia's latest retail figures are in, and it doesn't look good. The government needs to throw one hell of a sale.

The Amazon is on fire. What can the world do?

The Amazon is on fire. What can the world do?

The G7's aid offering was never going to work in Brazil ⁠— a place where national pride and claims about lost sovereignty are political dynamite.

Why is Australian trade becoming a political weapon?

Why is Australian trade becoming a political weapon?

Seeing trade through a lens of winners and losers, power and weakness, is a Donald Trump move. And it's increasingly common in Australia.

Why 37,500 is Australia’s magic number

Why 37,500 is Australia’s magic number

When will Australia's rate-cutting frenzy end? It all depends on this week's jobs figures.

Why are your wages going nowhere? The Reserve Bank has no idea.

Why are your wages going nowhere? The Reserve Bank has no idea.

If we don’t know the cause of low wages growth, how on earth are we going to fix it?

How Coca-Cola reached a new record high

How Coca-Cola reached a new record high

Once thought to be slowing, Coca-Cola's massive profits for 2019 have dismissed doubts of the company's financial viability in the modern economy.

How Melbourne beat out Sydney to become Australia's creative hub

How Melbourne beat out Sydney to become Australia's creative hub

Melbourne isn't known as Australia's creative hub by chance. This is the result of a very deliberate, and very successful, campaign.

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?