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John Quiggin

Economist

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Why the letter R is the most important character in town

How exactly does exponential growth work — and what does it tell us about how long the coronavirus lockdown will last?

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The good, the bad and the missing in action: how are our institutions coping with the pandemic?

Some institutions have stepped up in the face of the coronavirus crisis. Others... not so much.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

How the 96-hour news cycle has changed journalism forever

The 96-hour news cycle, instigated by social media, has shifted the balance of power in Australian media and politics.

Valterri Bottas reacts after winning the Formula 1 2019 Australian Grand Prix (Image: AAP/Julian Smith)

Racing cars in a catastrophe: it's time to ditch the Grand Prix

Melbourne's Grand Prix is a waste of money every year, but this year it's a waste of money with truly appalling symbolism too.

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel

Advocates for nuclear energy will tell you that the greenies are holding back project viability, but say nothing about obsolete technology.

The political cost of climate flip-flopping for fickle pollies

Malcolm Turnbull's position on climate change has undergone a remarkable range of gyrations. The same is true of Queensland Labor. Such flip-flopping always comes at a price.

The primary claim put forward in support of company tax cuts is that they will lead to an increase in investment. Let's investigate that claim.

Tax cuts won't cut it

The primary claim put forward in support of company tax cuts is that they will lead to an increase in investment. Let's investigate that claim.

Company tax cuts won't work in the US, and they won't work here

Optimistic tax models put the average Australian at being 0.1% better off under the proposed company tax cuts. And the good news is they'll only have to wait 25 years for that tiny benefit to appear! Economist John Quiggin reports.

For a document with no substance, the NEG has earned a lot of fans

NEG is so miraculous that it's garnering positive reaction from both sides of the field; quite a feat for an eight page document with zero figures, writes economist John Quiggin.