Business + Economy — Analysis and Comment

What is the position of the “average Greek” in the coming referendum? AAP/AP Image/NewZulu/Aggeliki Koronaiou

Grexit and the impacts on the ‘average’ Greek

The Greeks are being asked to vote on whether they want further austerity measures. But the impact of the crisis is also being felt on Greek-Australian diaspora.
Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power. Nick Pitsas/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s ‘climate roundtable’ could unite old foes and end the carbon deadlock

The Australian Climate Roundtable unites business, environmental and social groups in calling for a strong climate policy. This unprecedented show of unity might even break down Canberra's climate stalemate.
The smiling face of the person serving you is an important part of the retail experience that makes customers want to come back for more. Shutterstock/Ikonoklast Fotografie

Why business suddenly cares about staff being happy

A more likely reason for businesses' current interest in happiness and wellbeing has to do with cold hard economics and shifts in the labour force. Happiness, in short, is good for business.
Happiness about a new car is relative - it depends on your expectations and on what other people have. Shutterstock/Minerva Studio

Measures of happiness tell us less than economics of unhappiness

While the economics of happiness has boomed, the economics of unhappiness has been neglected. Yet there are many objective sources of unhappiness that good economic research might tackle productively.
Housing has become just another investment asset - but the consequences are unsettling. AAP/NewZulu/Peter Boyle

Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. Seven leading Australian academics say this 10 point plan can help fix housing affordability.
Book publishing giant Amazon has responded to the UK’s Google tax by restructuring its European tax affairs. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Amazon shows Google tax can work, despite arguments against it

The Law Council of Australia has claimed Australia's proposed Google tax should not be implemented - but a backflip by Amazon in the UK shows it can work.
A labour ruling in the home state of ride-sharing group Uber has grappled with a vexed labour issue. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

How a US ruling on Uber drivers could disrupt the disrupters

A ruling by the Californian Labor Commission that Uber drivers are employees, not individual contractors, might have much wider implications for the ride-sharing group.