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  • A question for the treasurer: how do you treat mental health without measuring well-being?

    A question for the treasurer: how do you treat mental health without measuring well-being?

    October 13, 2020

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg mocked the idea of a “well-being budget” as “laughable” back in February. He’s got less reason to laugh now.

    According to an Essential Research poll last week, 78% of Australians agree the pandemic has exposed flaws in the economy and there is an opportunity to explore new ways to run things. A well-being ...

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  • Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

    Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

    September 24, 2020

    by Ross Gittins, Sydney Morning Herald

    Most economists are great believers in the need for “reform” – for other people, not themselves. Over the past 30 or 40 years, no profession has had more influence over the policies governments have pursued, but the results have hardly been flash.

    Even the lightning speed at which an epidemic in ...

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  • Provisioning Systems for a Good Life Within Planetary Boundaries

    Provisioning Systems for a Good Life Within Planetary Boundaries

    September 9, 2020

    by Andrew L.Fanning, Daniel W.O’Neill and Milena Büchs

    The concept of provisioning systems has recently emerged as a promising way to understand the differences between levels of resource use and social outcomes observed across societies. However, the characteristics of provisioning systems remain poorly understood.

    Here, we make a new contribution to conceptualising provisioning systems and to ...

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New Economy Journal

Capitalism is idealism, perfected

Capitalism is idealism, perfected

Michael Symons

Capitalism is idealism, perfected
For many of us, the market is an actual gathering of human buyers and sellers, chatting, tasting and sharing produce, which is often fresh and artisanal. At market benches and shop counters, people display and take in a community meal. Mainstream economists turned that market into differential equations. In so...

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On Unemployment

On Unemployment

Gavin Tang

On Unemployment
Many people think of unemployment pretty much as mainstream economists and the government would have us think about it – that it is a statistical number of people looking for work according to a rather arbitrary definition set by the government. It is much more than that. The reluctance to...

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In University Education as in Many Other Industries, COVID-19 is a Crisis of Casualisation

In University Education as in Many Other Industries, COVID-19 is a Crisis of Casualisation

Kelsey Buchanan

In University Education as in Many Other Industries, COVID-19 is a Crisis of Casualisation
For anyone with an interest in the higher education system today, the anxiety is palpable. The ‘Job-Ready Graduates’ package has passed the Senate while universities, instead of speaking out, seemed content to bargain with the government and trade off affordable higher education for negligible promises of extra student places or...

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