Wealth inequality is no 21st-century phenomenon. But it was decisively shaped by public policy during the last 100 years as economies emerged from war and redesigned the structures for life.
Yes, it makes the world go ‘round.
There are economic arguments to be had for ensuring an appropriate rate of growth of real wages.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market.
Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates.
The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
The Statue of Liberty has been a welcoming sight for immigrants for decades.
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Trump's plans to build a wall with Mexico and deport millions of people in the US illegally cast immigrants as an economic threat to Americans. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used part of his address to the national press club to sell the company tax cut.
The federal government is still trying to convince senate crossbenchers to pass a company tax cut but tax experts and economists dispute all of its supposed benefits.
Why isn’t new technology reflected in our productivity stats?
Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
Timekeeping laws still refer to the forgone days of punch cards and time clocks.
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If you think the hours you work are all converted directly into dollars, think again. There are a lot of ways employers can manipulate your time – some of which are legal, others highly questionable.
Treasurer Scott Morrison is also a fan of charts.
Economist Ross Guest unpacks some of the key numbers in the government's mid year budget update, with seven charts.
Job seekers wait for employers searching for casual labour on the streets of Cape Town.
South Africa's proposed national minimum wage must not be seen as a solution for all the country's economic problems but as a floor to protect the most vulnerable workers.
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough.
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Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
Business Briefing: what to do about low incomes.
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Australia needs to increase productivity in different ways because at the moment living standards are low compared to past years.
Research shows that Roma and other EU migrants don't come to the UK for state benefits.
Want to know how your salary jar stacks up?
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Pay transparency laws are the latest effort to eliminate the still-yawning gap between the salaries of men and women. Do they work?
Wage growth is at its lowest since the measures began.
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Australia's wage growth has been sluggish, but the reasons are more complex than they seem.
Was Anthony Albanese right about truck driver pay and safety?
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Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest?
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
The Malcolm Turnbull-led government will have to combat a gloomy Australian economic forecast in this year’s election.
The Coalition government will retain power if it can convince both business and voters it understands Australia's economic challenges.