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There are a record 168 billionaires in China, according to the most recent Forbes list. There are a record 168 billionaires in China, according to the most recent Forbes list. Adam Nelson

Communist fat cats: Forbes counts 168 billionaires in China

“To get rich is glorious” – Deng Xiaoping’s famous aphorism has clearly been taken to heart by at least 168 people in China. That’s the number of billionaires identified in Forbes’ annual China Rich List…
The urban civilisation drawn to cities innovates and enriches. Even in Melbourne. The urban civilisation drawn to cities innovates and enriches. Even in Melbourne. melburnian/Flickr

In search of a formula with which to build better cities

When Isaac Newton produced his Laws of Motion in 1687, it led to speculation that his new gravitational force could explain the social forces between people. Thinkers put forward various arguments for…
Schools funding is back in the headlines, but what’s needed is a wider debate about equality. Schools funding is back in the headlines, but what’s needed is a wider debate about equality. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Gonski, inequality and schools funding: what the debate needs right now

Imagine a field of wheat which has been watered unequally. Some parts will grow to their potential, but some won’t. In the end, it’s bad for the whole field’s productivity. Economist James Galbraith’s…
Can ethical markets solve the problems of persistent poverty and global income inequality? Can ethical markets solve the problems of persistent poverty and global income inequality? Michelle Brea

Challenge 7: The market, morals, ethics, and poverty

In part seven of our multi-disciplinary Millennium Project series, Adrian Walsh argues that a humane market asks something of us that we may not want to give. Global challenge 7: How can ethical market…
The corporate concentration of wealth has significant consequences on the political process in Australia and abroad. The corporate concentration of wealth has significant consequences on the political process in Australia and abroad. eyewashdesign: A. Golden

Welfare offers rich pickings for the wealthy

A few weeks ago, a Deakin University academic, Martin Hirst, made some interesting comments about the politics and economics of class warfare and redistribution. He correctly noted that the accusations…
President Obama has proposed $US1.5 trillion worth of tax increases for the rich. President Obama has proposed $US1.5 trillion worth of tax increases for the rich. AAP

Evoking Keynes and Truman, Obama’s plan is good policy and smart politics

Sometimes good policy and good politics are the same thing. By tying together lessons learned from economist John Maynard Keynes and former president Harry Truman, Barack Obama is taking steps that may…

Research Briefs (1)

Travel not so taxing for US millionaires

There is no evidence to support the myth that millionaires migrate to avoid tax changes, according to a joint study by Stanford…