Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins

Ross Gittins is economics editor of the SMH and an economic columnist for The Age. His books include Gittins' Guide to Economics, Gittinomics and The Happy Economist.
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Why no one is backing the budget

Ross Gittins A big reason Joe Hockey isn’t getting much support from independent observers like me in his battle to get the budget through the Senate is that so few of his contentious measures are worth...

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How China's fortunes are changing

Chinese flags stand for sale at a magazine stall in the Tianhe district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. China's government may set its 2014 growth target at 7 percent, the Economic Information Daily reported on Dec. 3, citing the State Information Center. This compares with a goal of 7.5 percent for this year. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

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Ross Gittins It isn’t so many years since I used to berate the denizens of the financial markets for their lack of interest in the economy that had so much influence on ours: China. How things have changed.

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Fairer path to a balanced budget

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Ross Gittins Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott are perfectly right in saying we need to get the budget back into surplus.

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Risks will rise as lessons of global panic fade

Ross Gittins Six years since the GFC, it's easy to forget how close to the brink the world economy came.

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Risks will rise as lessons of global panic fade

Ross Gittins Almost six years since the global financial crisis reached its height, it’s easy to forget just how close to the brink the world economy came.

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Mining boom our gift to rich foreigners

Ross Gittins The blame for the failure of the carbon tax should be spread widely, with economists taking a fair share.

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Treat workers well and business will prosper

Ross Gittins Tony Abbott's strategy for getting back into government was to make himself a small target.

Bankers and financial advisers swear by it

Ross Gittins As the misadventures of the can-do Commonwealth Bank remind us, even though our bankers didn't bring the house down in the global financial crisis as happened elsewhere, we still had too many victims...

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Minimum wage rises don't lift unemployment, analysts agree

Ross Gittins There's been a big swing in academic thinking on the question of the minimum wage.

Tough times restore productivity performance

Ross Gittins It’s official: Australia’s rate of improvement in the productivity of labour returned to normal during Gillard's reign.

Treasury's David Gruen offers third view of what awaits Australia after resources boom

Ross Gittins Are we in for big trouble in the aftermath of a misspent resources boom, or has the boom been over-hyped, leaving us in good shape to face the future?

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Privatisation debate fails public good

Ross Gittins I'd be wary of believing anyone who said electricity privatisation won't lead to higher prices.

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Labour supply growth on a downturn

Ross Gittins It's funny our unending debate about the economy rarely delves into the labour market.

Economists facing flak over ethics

Ross Gittins Are economists ethical? Short answer: no more than most. Long answer: well, it's not something they think about much.

Faster times ahead for the slower states

Ross Gittins You've heard of a Goldilocks economy where everything is just right. Well, when it comes to the states, welcome to the biblical economy, where the last shall be first and the first shall be last.

In our two-speed economy, first states could become last

Ross Gittins We're still looking at a two-speed economy, but the fast lane is turning into the slow lane.

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We are a nation of stay-at-homes

Ross Gittins The eternal lament of oldies (me included) is that we're getting more and more like America.

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Why electricity prices continue to shock people


Ross Gittins There's no subject more likely to stir people up than rising electricity bills.

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Hockey's budget is unsustainable

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Ross Gittins Joe Hockey's budget is the most ideologically driven budget we've ever seen.

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Mining's March quarter boom not as loud as it sounds

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Ross Gittins And the smarties told you the resources boom was finito. The boom is far from finished.