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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.

JACKPOT! Is there a 'good' time to buy a lottery ticket?

JACKPOT! Is there a 'good' time to buy a lottery ticket?

Is there any point in playing the lottery? Crikey crunches the numbers behind the weekly Powerball draw.

A consumer guide to Australian monopolies

A consumer guide to Australian monopolies

From supermarkets to human services, these industries don't suffer competition — and Australians are paying the price.

How the treasurer could save Christmas

How the treasurer could save Christmas

'Australia’s Christmas bonus' has a nice ring to it. Will Josh Frydenberg save Christmas with a fiscal miracle?

We need to make 'bad' jobs great again

We need to make 'bad' jobs great again

Today's jobs aren't inherently worse than those that came before, but they are in need of dire help.

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?