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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Hard to be impressed by this piece of creative accounting

Ross Gittins How on Earth did we convince ourselves this bunch would be miles better at fixing the budget than the last lot?

Ross Gittins: Are KPIs a fad?

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Ross Gittins The problem with key performance indicators is that it's easy to measure how many jobs you did, but much harder to measure whether you did them well. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Copyright is a big deal

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Ross Gittins The Americans understand that intellectual property is now the main thing they sell the rest of the world, including us. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Are we doing enough for the climate?

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Ross Gittins As the rest of the world is getting more serious about combating climate change we’re going the other way. Ross Gittins reports.

Gittins: Fracking fools

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Ross Gittins The plan to address a massive shortage of gas in NSW reveals - or exploits - an ignorance of how markets work. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Reducing the 'Australia Tax'

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Ross Gittins In late July, a Labor-constituted parliamentary committee issued a report about geoblocking, or the ‘Australia tax’. Ross Gittins explains.

Gittins: Structural change hurts

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Ross Gittins Widespread change in the structure of the economy have lead to some industries expanding while others contract. Ross Gittins explains.

Abbott won't rush into making cuts

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Ross Gittins Let me make a fearless prediction: should the Coalition win the election, we'll hear precious little more about the evils of ''debt and deficit''.

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Gittins: Budget black holes

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Ross Gittins How could we have an election campaign without ‘black holes’ - imaginary or otherwise? Ross Gittins reports.

Gittins: Country versus City

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Ross Gittins The Ipsos research firm’s latest Mind and Mood report has tried to measure the differing conditions and problems in the country compared to the city.

Gittins: Danger, election ahead

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Ross Gittins In election campaigns, the policies and promises come so thick and fast we don’t get time to think about them. Ross Gittins explains.

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Governments dancing to the beat of big business

Ross Gittins Like most, I believe in democracy. But I also believe in capitalism, and though the two are usually seen in the West as a good fit, of late I'm having doubts.

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How intuitive morality has challenged the rationalists

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Ross Gittins Paul Keating still quotes his early mentor, Jack Lang: ''In the race of life, always back self-interest - at least you know it's trying''.

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Prescription for better health: give the have-nots a hand up

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Ross Gittins It's a well established fact and most of us have at least heard of it. It's also a surprising fact. But it's a fact that doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves - not from our...

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A few nasties, but the budget is OK overall

Ross Gittins If you are having trouble seeing the horror budget we were told to expect, that's according to plan. This government has always wanted to be tough in principle, but never in practice.

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With friends and neighbours you're the richest man in town


Ross Gittins We live in the age of the city. A year or two ago we passed the point where half the world's population was now living in urban areas.

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Happiness is a two-way street shared with your fellow man

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Ross Gittins Fed up with all the wrangling and speculation over who should be leading the Labor Party? Want something more substantial? How about the meaning of life - that weighty enough for you?

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Doom and gloom? Things aren't nearly as bad as you think


Ross Gittins Economists don't have a good record on forecasting what will happen to the economy.

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Breakdown in relations is everyone's business

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Ross Gittins I get to meet a lot of famous and interesting people in my job, but few have had more influence on me than Dr Michael Schluter, the social thinker, social entrepreneur and founder of Britain's...

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Not all that different but clearly better

Ross Gittins This is the I-solemnly-promise-to-be-tough budget. Its nasties come as an IOU. When the whole state had its tongue hanging out for deliverance from the Carr-Iemma-Rees-Keneally government, some...