The Abbott government wants to hike up the debt ceiling to $500 billion, while Labor and the Greens say that's too high. Crikey intern Virginia Millen asks the economists what should be done.
A 30-year gold rout has spooked markets. But economists aren't that concerned. Crikey intern Kylar Loussikian speaks to some pointy heads about how low it could go, and whether we should be worrying.
Julia Gillard links the government’s surplus-driven budget to lower interest rates, arguing it will give the Reserve Bank cover for interest rate cuts. But what do economists think, asked Dylan Barber?
Julia Gillard's answer to climate change still left a number of questions in the minds of economists. Will her economic levers result in lower emissions? Crikey asked some of the nation's top economists.
It's a "softly, softly" budget, the economists say; it has "the appearance of a mouse". Crikey asked the nation's money men for their assessment of Wayne Swan's fourth budget.
The Aussie dollar hit US$1.10 this morning, a record against the greenback. It's great news if you're planning an Aussie winter jaunt to Palm Springs, not so wonderful if you're an exporter or manufacturer in Australia. Should the RBA intervene?
Some have said GDP is not an appropriate measure of the economic effect of disasters like the Queensland floods. Regardless of who may be right on that, GDP remains a common tool used to measure economic impact. With that in mind, Crikey went to the economists to ask: "What effect will the Queensland floods have on GDP?"
Economists across the spectrum have rejected the possibility of a cut interest rates at tomorrow's RBA meeting, saying the central bank will retain its neutral approach until the global economic situation becomes clearer.
We asked six of our leading numbers wonks for their considered take on this year’s dour piece of electioneering, also known as Wayne Swan's latest Federal Budget.
Crikey asked a group of leading economic hard heads whether it was finally time to wind back the stimulus in light of yesterday's growth number and the RBA's decision on Tuesday to hike interest rates.