No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite.
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Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
Pro-Trump supporters in Manhattan. The new US president appeals to many Americans marginalised by globalisation.
The world needs an alternative system, measuring economic value in face of the dissatisfaction that brought Donald Trump to the White House.
Was World Vision Australia chief advocate Tim Costello right to say that Australia’s foreign aid spending was at its highest under Menzies, at 0.5% of gross national income?
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We check the facts on how Australia's foreign aid spend has changed over time.
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Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
We need to account for the benefit we get from nature.
When we don't factor in the environment in our economic decision making, we aren't getting an acurate picture of what's happening. Australia needs to adopt more environmental economics.
After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
Accessible “green space” in cities is one of the things we will start measuring.
For a long time the way we measure what is going on in our economy and society has distorted our actions. We're now building a more holistic way of measuring progress.
Students protest outside the parliament in South Africa. The protest is seen as part of a bigger political crisis.
South Africa's economic challenges of 2016 are largely a reflection of its inability to change in the light of global shocks.
How does Australia’s economic growth shape up against the G7 countries?
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Ahead of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, minister for defence industries Christopher Pyne said a lot of jobs were created in 2016 and Australia has the highest growth rate in the G7. Is that true?
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison will deliver the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook next week.
The US Fed meets expectations for a rate cut, Australia's unemployment rate heads upwards again, and all eyes look to the mid year budget update.
Australian business confidence is falling, amid concerning signs from other economic indicators.
Australia's economic indicators are showing worrying signs, with business confidence falling in the face of continued low interest rates.
Scott Morrison said the quarter’s weakness was broad based but the dominant cause of the contraction was the decline of 3.2% in new business investment.
After the national accounts showed the economy going backwards in the September quarter, Scott Morrison called for "partners" in the parliament to drive the government's economic plan through.
The South African economy just narrowly escaped a credit rating downgrade but it is not in the clear yet.
South Africa is breathing a sigh of relief after escaping a credit rating downgrade. But there are still serious concerns around structure of the country's economy and finances.
David Leyonhjelm negotiated for the numbers in the budget to be reported in per capita terms.
The government has agreed to report some budget numbers on a per capita basis. But there's a lot more to do in how we talk about numbers.
A zero rate for business could actually be a progressive move and would reflect the anti-bureaucratic spirit of Brexit.
South Africa faces a possible downgrade by credit rating agencies.
Credit ratings have an impact on government, as well as ordinary people. This article was first published last year as South Africa faced a possible downgrade.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is fighting to stave off a downgrade by ratings agencies.
South Africa has made some progress in fixing problems identified by ratings agencies. But there are a number of outstanding issues that might mean the country is given 'junk' status.
The research projected what would happen through to 2050 if fertility levels were to rise in response to China’s two-child policy.
Analysis shows China's GDP per capita would fall by 21% in 2050 under the new two-child policy.
Athens can celebrate two consecutive quarters of growth. Berlin must stomach some weakness. Everyone should remember cheap money isn't free money.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.