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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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Ross Gittins Many economists aren't as conscious as they should be that competition has costs as well as benefits
Ross Gittins The benefits and drawbacks of the TPP have been oversold.
Ross Gittins Australia's depressed economists are losing faith in capitalism.
Ross Gittins Searchers after truth rather than headlines don't take quarterly changes in GDP too literally. This graph shows why we shouldn't lose our bundle over the economy.
Ross Gittins It's difficult to get a man to understand something when his after-tax salary depends on him not understanding it, to misquote Upton Sinclair.
Ross Gittins It was easy to miss, but a proposal with much practical potential arose from this week's meeting of the great and good at the National Reform Summit.
Ross Gittins John Howard has a point in listing all the reforms the Coalition did not oppose such as deregulation of bank lending rates and floating the dollar.
Ross Gittins Huge infrastructure projects have great appeal for some but are less economically effective than doing maintenance.
Ross Gittins Growth in the services sector is keeping unemployment in check
Ross Gittins Sometimes it's my duty is to make sure you know what the econocrats are thinking.
Ross Gittins Ross Gittins tries to dispel some of the common myths surrounding mental illness with help from the OECD report, Sick on the Job.
Ross Gittins The argument that reducing or eliminating weekend penalty wage rates would have great economic benefits is obvious to all business people and economists – but not to me.
Ross Gittins Any report that the hardline commentators brand as "mushy drivel" can't be all bad.
Ross Gittins We need economists, as well as their model, to keep reminding us of the seemingly obvious and doing what they can to stop us wasting money.
Ross Gittins I have good news: academically, the economists are being cut down to size. And it's accountants who are doing it.
Ross Gittins People have been predicting for at least a decade that more of us would end up with portfolio of scrappy jobs- or be moving from one short-term contract to another, but it hasn't happened yet.
Ross Gittins The macro managers' long-standing belief that the economy's "trend" rate of growth is 3 per cent a year or a fraction more has been challenged by the Bureau of Statistics' labour force estimates...
Ross Gittins Rummaging through the media's rubbish bins this week, I happened upon some good news. According to the Productivity Commission's annual update, the productivity of labour improved by 1.
Ross Gittins The parties divide on tax because there's no issue where the two sides' continuation of class warfare is more apparent
Ross Gittins You get the feeling Tony Abbott doesn't lie awake at night worrying about what our economic activity is doing to our natural environment.