Tasmania’s ageing population matters because as people get older they become more reliant on the services provided by governments (for example pensions, health and aged care).
Population growth for growth’s sake (as a proxy for economic growth), without consideration for the demands this creates might actually compromise Tasmania's economy.
Is it time to stop outsourcing?
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Problems at government contractor Capita and the collapse of Carillion are part of the same story of outsourcing gone wrong.
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, gestures during a special address in Davos, Switzerland.
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The French president said he would eliminate all coal-fired plants in his country by 2021, while his US counterpart is pushing policies intended to make them more profitable. Either way, the laws of economics will win.
It will be the private remarks between senior Australian business leaders and foreign investors at Davos that will likely be the most consequential for the Australian economy in the coming few years.
The latest data shows a big jump in jobs, but construction is slowing.
The number of jobs might be going up but the real test will be whether wages rise too.
The English Premier League is still popular despite being lopsided.
Many sports leagues have salary caps and drafts to maintain competition, but they not only hurt players but aren't that effective at keeping fans.
Poland and Hungary have recently clashed with Brussels over democratic freedoms, but economic drivers are at play, too.
There are some risks, like a crash in the price of Bitcoin, that are more certain than others in 2018.
The odds are that we get through 2018 without war, mass capital flight, or a housing crash. But all the risks are medium probability, and the consequences could be dire.
This year the Chinese Communist Party will tackle some of it’s biggest economic hurdles.
The Chinese government will use its consolidated power to try to reign in some of the biggest problems facing its economy in 2018.
Re-examining a survey of international studies on the price of beer, any tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption.
A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.
Give a man the means to borrow, so the argument goes, and he can work himself out of poverty. But do microfinances’ claims stand up?
Small loans from governments and philanthropists are often held up as a route out of poverty. But proper research into whether they work is thin on the ground.
French President Emmanuel Macron (right) talks to European Parliament, president Antonio Tajani (left) and Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel (center), during the Gothenburg summit on November 17, 2017.
The final report of the EU's summit in Sweden makes generous use of the adjective "fair". With populism and xenophobia are on the rise, could this be the basis of a new narrative for Europe?
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
The 1994 Employment Minister Simon Crean even had to be briefed by officials on the content of the policy when Working Nation was released.
Cabinet papers released today by the National Archives show Working Nation began as a rational exercise but was soon overtaken by a desire to make the policy everything to everyone.
China’s true economic strength could be overstated as statistics suggest that the US are still top dog.
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As Australia increasingly looks to Beijing for economic opportunities, questions must be asked about the true extent of China's economic strength
Here in the business and economy team at The Conversation, we love charts. This year we've made plenty of good ones with academics.
Don’t think, just shop.
Rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it's much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.
The gap between rich and poor is growing.
Discussions around inequality have lacked hard data – until now. A new report shows inequality levels across the globe.
Diners eat at Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, New York.
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According to a new study, there's a big gap between how much we think we spend on eating out and how much we're actually spending.
Actress Viola Davis focused her speech at
the 2015 Emmy Awards on diversity, saying ‘The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.’
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An analysis of more than 800 top-grossing films suggests diverse movies struggle in front of international audiences.