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Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Why we are too busy for our own good
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Why we are too busy for our own good

Relentless busyness is a health hazard – yet another contributor to our epidemic of stress and anxiety.

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How canny treasurers keep the tax we pay out of sight
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How canny treasurers keep the tax we pay out of sight

We can be sure that tax and tax “reform” will be a big topic (yet again) this year, but what will get less attention is how behavioural economics explains the shape of the existing tax system and makes it hard to change.

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Japanese speedboats tell us how women and men compete
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Japanese speedboats tell us how women and men compete

This unusual sport offers insight on how different genders view competition says a new study.

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In the pursuit of happiness, extroverts get a head start
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In the pursuit of happiness, extroverts get a head start

When Bob Hawke famously said economists were in the happiness-raising business, he wasn’t wrong.

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In poor countries income does trickle down
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In poor countries income does trickle down

Some remarkable changes have taken place for the world's poorest people.

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Compared to you and me, the feudal serfs had it easy
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Compared to you and me, the feudal serfs had it easy

It’s certainly true that we get longer holidays and work fewer hours than workers did in the 19th century but it wasn't always that way.

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What the economy really needs more of: trees
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What the economy really needs more of: trees

Trees do far more for us than help with our greenhouse problem.

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Find parenting tough? Be glad you're not American
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Find parenting tough? Be glad you're not American

Parenthood in the United States and Australia has become much more financially and socially demanding than it used to be.

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Indigenous small business is on the rise despite setbacks
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Indigenous small business is on the rise despite setbacks

The number of Indigenous owner-managers is conservatively estimated to have increased by 32 per cent between 2006 and 2011 -- but it is coming off a low base.

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Gift giving an exception to one of human nature's rules
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Gift giving an exception to one of human nature's rules

Economists consider gift-giving an irrational act, one where sentiment triumphs over good sense. But new studies are uncovering more about its benefits.

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How to get more bang from your bucks: go on more holidays
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How to get more bang from your bucks: go on more holidays

The prevailing wisdom is that spending on experiences yields more happiness than buying more stuff - now there's more breaking news on that front.

  • by Ross Gittins