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Australia’s central bank says labour market conditions have been weaker than expected. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Vital Signs: where are all the jobs?

Wages are sluggish, underemployment seems stubbornly high, and there is a continued push to part-time rather than full-time employment.
Rapid rise of Australian house prices have created disagreement between economists on whether a housing bubble currently exists. Brian Birdwell/flickr

What economics has to say about housing bubbles

Economists struggle to agree on when and where housing bubbles occur, but bubbles all have similar characterisitics.
if you like to drink (or sell) German beer, higher rates are a wonderful thing. Matthias Schrader/AP Photo

Why higher interest rates should make you happy

While borrowers may not be thrilled by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise rates, many of us have plenty of reason to celebrate.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators. Dan Peled/AAP

It’s not just a drop in GDP that should worry us

Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
The Fed’s low-interest rate garden. Money shoots via www.shutterstock.com

How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

Ultra-low interest rates have made low-carbon projects like windmill farms more attractive than coal power plants. That will begin to change as the central bank lifts rates, hurting the green economy.

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