Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine has been writing about economics for Fairfax since 2005, including a two-year stint in the Canberra Press Gallery. She has an honours degree in Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney. Her first book Zombies, bananas and why there are no economists in heaven: The economics of real life is available as an ebook and in hard copy

And we are all going to die

Jessica Irvine We are all going to die. Not today - fingers crossed - and probably not tomorrow either. But soon, sooner than you think, we are going to die. Sorry to be so melodramatic, but it's kind of important.

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The winner is ... white elephants

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Jessica Irvine The first Olympics I can really remember were the 1992 Barcelona Games. I had been studying Spanish at school.

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Art not imitating life down in the Shire

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Jessica Irvine I enjoyed watching Channel 10's new ''dramality'' series The Shire this week. But then, I'm trying to abstain from drinking alcohol on week nights, so was looking for some sort of alternative brain...

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Chew the fat on a sugar tax to trim waistlines

Obesity

Jessica Irvine You are what you eat, they say. If so, Australians are shaped rather like a takeaway container filled with booze and meat, with nary a vegetable in sight.

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To market, to market for the ultimate mates' rates

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Jessica Irvine This week we enjoyed a glimpse of a largely invisible and previously poorly understood part of the universe. No, not the Higgs boson. The LIBOR.

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Housing proves to be nation's Achilles heel

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Jessica Irvine On Tuesday, the governor of the Reserve Bank, Glenn Stevens, described the pace of growth in Australia's economic output as ''modest''.

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And the winner is - well, it sure isn't Greece

Jessica Irvine Runs on banks. Mattresses stuffed with cash. Borders closed. Hyperinflation. Riots. Shortages of food, medicine and oil.

A surplus of pessimism

Jessica Irvine In July last year, the chief economist at Westpac, Bill Evans, made front page news by becoming the first bank economist to predict the Reserve Bank would begin cutting interest rates by year's end.

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On average, Aussies don't measure up

Jessica Irvine So just who is this ''average Australian'' anyway?

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Call to inaction: be a productive patriot by ringing in sick

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Jessica Irvine Feeling tired after a long day discharging your patriotic duty to binge drink and indulge in a bout of introspection bordering on a national identity crisis? (What does it mean to be Australian?!)...

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Forecasts not all bad news at home

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Jessica Irvine IT IS NOT clear yet what the World Bank's new growth forecasts will mean for Australia, not least because the bank's economists didn't think to mention Australia once in the report.

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Weasel words polluting clarity of scheme

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Jessica Irvine MAKING big polluters pay to pollute. That's what it all boils down to.

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Rating cut won't count for much

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Jessica Irvine PERHAPS the most confusing thing about the first-ever downgrade to the credit rating of the United States government is the way it simultaneously says everything, and nothing, about the future of the...

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Sydney is a sadder, meaner, angrier city

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Jessica Irvine Sydney is the Elizabeth Taylor of Australian cities. It is a little-appreciated fact that the ageing Hollywood glamazon was born just weeks before the grand opening ceremony for the Sydney Harbour...

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Compare the value and close the gap

Jessica Irvine Do women receive equal pay for equal work? Four decades on from the landmark equal pay decision that was supposed to settle the matter, this question continues to open a can of worms.

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Conspicuous conservation means less is much more cool

Jessica Irvine Summer in Sydney: the humidity, the mosquito bites, the ever-present whirring of airconditioning units.

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Informal vote makes mockery of democracy

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Jessica Irvine The people, we are told, have had their say. And the people, we are also told, are always right. Wrong on both accounts, I'm afraid.

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