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The time savings calculated in road project planning are based on incorrect assumptions about driver behaviour. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Modelling for major road projects is at odds with driver behaviour

Projects like Sydney’s WestConnex and Melbourne’s Western Distributor don't account for real world evidence of driver behaviour in estimating travel time savings.
Much like a Rio Olympics basketball match, the United States' economy is coming out on top while Australia lags behind. Jim Young/Reuters

Vital Signs: US scores while Australia struggles

The US economy is improving off the back of jobs figures while in Australia, the government is being warned by the Reserve Bank to step up its game.
The bids from two Chinese firms for the lease of NSW electricity network Ausgrid have been rejected by the Australian Treasurer. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Changing state-owned enterprises provide less cause for Chinese investment fears

The Chinese government is changing its role in state-owned enterprises and there's less cause for concern about the investment bids of these firms in Australia.
London’s trading strength has evolved from dockyard cranes to high finance. Rubén Moreno Montolíu/Flickr

Britain drops one deficit target and ends up facing a new threat

As the budget deficit fades from political view, anxiety shifts to the much wider current account deficit. It may signal UK dynamism, but neither financing nor closing it look easy after Brexit.
The Productivity Commission report is not a comprehensive plan of what government should do about digital disruption. www.shutterstock.com

Digital disruption: STEM graduates and more regulation not the answer

A Productivity Commission report on digital disruption argues that government's should stop creating barriers to innovation but it fails to provide solutions on privacy and ownership of data.
The Australian dairy industry could consider a regulation model like that in Canada. Deb Hultgren/Flickr

Time to get regulation back into Australian dairy?

Government intervention in the crisis facing Australian dairy has opened the gates for suggestions of other types of regulation.
Westpac Chief Executive Officer Brian Hartzer gave excuses for traders behaviour in regards to the BBSW benchmark. David Moir/AAP

Banking excuses wearing a bit thin

With all the weight of evidence stacked against the banks in the case of BBSW benchmark, surely now is the time for the government to enforce regulation.
Is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan evidence that governments need a new way to make decisions? REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Society’s biggest problems need more than a nudge

When it comes to many of the big decisions faced by governments and the private sector, behavioral science has more to offer than simple nudges.

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