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Inflation has been doggedly low, so it’s not clear that the 2.5% expectation for inflation is going to turn out to be right. Dan Peled/AAP

Vital Signs: the RBA’s still longing for Goldilocks growth

This week's strong growth in full-time employment shows a robust labour market. This only deepens the puzzle of why inflation is so low at the same time.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen heads one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. Reuters/Carlos Barria

How Trump’s nominee for the Fed could turn central banking on its head

Randal Quarles, the president's first nominee to the Federal Reserve's board of governors, has argued the bank should use rules to make decisions. But could such a shift prove disastrous in a crisis?
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.

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