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Is the rapid increase in research actually paying off? Shutterstock

No, we aren’t running out of new ideas

Academics argue that increasing amounts of R&D isn't translating into greater productivity. But the problem may lay elsewhere in the economy.
Healthcare is becoming increasingly important in a services-led economy. Shutterstock

Why reforming health care is integral for our economy

Australia is increasingly a services-led economy. The health sector is not only a big employer, but health care is an important factor in worker productivity.
If people want commodities like: love, company, doing tasks together, they are better off if marriage is permitted. David Crosling/AAP

What economics has to say about same-sex marriage

It's better for the economy for more people to be married because of productivity and efficiency gains. This whole framework doesn't require people to be of the same or different sex.
Taxing sugary drinks to tackle obesity would lead to a stronger economy, new research shows. from www.shutterstock.com

Taxing sugary drinks would boost productivity, not just health

The benefits of a sugar tax go beyond mere health savings when obesity rates drop. Our new research predicts wider economic benefits due to more, healthier people in work.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive

Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.

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