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.

Businesses will win from penalty rate changes but will anybody else?

Cut in penalty rates another win for 'bizonomics'

In Australia, micro-economic reform has degenerated into a form of rent-seeking that's saying the way to a prosperous economy is to keep business – the people who create the jobs – as happy as possible.

Illustration: Glen Le Lievre

The four great myths of Gonski

It turns out Christopher Pyne was right: Julia Gillard's version of the Gonski school funding reform was indeed "Conski".

Workers in retail and hospitality are being paid too much on weekends, according to this millionaire public servant on a ...

Brace yourself for a year of con jobs and flying bulldust

There's a long history of politicians professing to be terribly concerned about "the cost of living" and nothing good ever comes of it. It's always about saying things to keep or win your vote and rarely about doing anything real – let alone sensible – about prices.

Ross Garnaut says that nowhere in the developed world are solar and wind resources together so abundant as in the ...

Australia positioned to be renewable energy superpower

The old joke says the questions in economics exams don't change from year to year, but the answers do. Welcome to the economics of energy and climate change, which has changed a lot without many people noticing - including Malcolm Turnbull and his climate-change denying mates.

There was good cause to privatise the poles and wires in NSW.

Lord save us from being governed by bankers

With Our Glad Berejiklian - the archetypal girl who works harder than the boys - replacing pin-up boy Mike Baird as premier of NSW, should the citizens of other states be envious? Don't be too sure.