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Stephen Koukoulas

Economist, Per Capita research fellow and former Labor adviser

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Koukoulas: penny-pinching on education leaves the nation lagging

Koukoulas: penny-pinching on education leaves the nation lagging

September 20, 2017 1 Comment

Discouraging students from higher-education doesn't just hinder their earning potential, it jeopardises our future economy.

Don’t celebrate, ScoMo: job ad stats mask ugly truth about the labour market

June 8, 2017 4 Comments

The news of rising job ads is a welcome respite from the general gloom in the recent set of economic news. But it's a small piece in a much larger puzzle.

Newman the dinosaur has some prehistoric ideas on labour market

Newman the dinosaur has some prehistoric ideas on labour market

December 10, 2013 8 Comments

Maurice Newman, Tony Abbott's hand-picked business adviser, is misguided on Australia's labour markets, according to former Labor adviser and Per Capita research fellow Stephen Koukoulas.

Budget complaints bark up the wrong tree

Budget complaints bark up the wrong tree

October 31, 2013 3 Comments

Any monkey with an Excel spreadsheet can deliver a budget surplus. We must measure economic performance against GDP, inflation and unemployment -- not debt, interest rates or the dollar.

The new budget emergency: raise our debt ceiling

The new budget emergency: raise our debt ceiling

October 18, 2013 6 Comments

By looking to increase Australia’s debt ceiling by $100 billion, Joe Hockey is not pursuing the kind of budget restraint he promised during the election. It needn’t be that way.

To fight the Tea Party standoff, America needs to get fiscal

To fight the Tea Party standoff, America needs to get fiscal

October 14, 2013 7 Comments

If its budget deficit isn't reined in, the US risks being unable to implement further stimulus when needed. Simple tax hikes are the next logical step -- but the Tea Party isn't budging.

Budget emergency? Not if you look at Hockey’s new numbers

Budget emergency? Not if you look at Hockey’s new numbers

September 30, 2013 19 Comments

The recently released budget outcome reveals a different economic landscape to what Joe Hockey described. For a start, it showed the largest year-to-year fall in the budget deficit ever.

Growth turns towards the fast lane

Growth turns towards the fast lane

September 24, 2013

If recent momentum in business confidence is sustained -- and it might be -- global GDP growth in 2014 could reach a pace not seen since before the global financial meltdown.

Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

Remember, the US Fed’s windback is not irreversible

September 16, 2013

With the first step in the Fed’s tightening process likely by the end of the week, markets can take comfort in the fact that policy will revert at the first sign of any shock.

No time for Abbott to hover with the knife

No time for Abbott to hover with the knife

September 9, 2013 12 Comments

It’s a prudent time, economically and politically, to implement spending cuts. Moving swiftly will give the budget more freedom and help to limit interest rate rises.