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Asian Economies

Asia accounts for 52% of the world’s population and (as of 2016) 39% of the world’s GDP. By the end of the decade Asia will account for 42% of the world’s GDP. Asia takes almost three-quarters of Australia’s exports of goods and services and supplies more than half of Australia’s imports. You simply can’t understand Australia’s long-term economic prospects without a good understanding of what’s happening in the major Asian economies.

Monash University Indonesia and XSPI webinar

Asian Economies, The Australian Economy | 17th May 2022

Saul’s presentation to a webinar hosted by Monash University Indonesia and XSPI on 17th May 2022 looking at lessons from the pandemic for Australia and Indonesia.  

Indonesia as an investment destination

Asian Economies, Economic Video | 25th November 2021

Saul’s presentation to a webinar on “Seizing Post-Pandemic Investment Opportunities in Indonesia” hosted by the Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre in Sydney on 24th November 2021. In this presentation Saul makes the case for Indonesia to be seen as an alternative for countries and companies wanting to reduce their dependence on China, with the IMF forecasting […]

A few quick thoughts about China

Asian Economies | 19th October 2021

A short presentation to my colleagues in Llewellyn Consulting about the factors shaping China’s longer-run growth performance and prospects on 20th October 2021

Talk to the annual Australia-Indonesia Business Summit

Asian Economies, Economic Video | 18th October 2021

A short talk to the annual Australia-Indonesia Business Summit on 19th October 2021, jointly hosted by the Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre in Sydney and the Australia-Indonesia Business Council, about the improving investment climate in Indonesia, especially for those interested in the health and aged care sectors (which were the focus of this year’s summit)

Papua New Guinea in the Post-Covid World Economy

Asian Economies, The Global Economy | 7th September 2021

Presentation to the 2021 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference, 7th September 2021

Peripheral Asia

Asian Economies | 7th July 2021

My presentation to the annual meeting of the International Conference of Commercial Bank Economists (ICCBE), held ‘virtually’ (again) this year. It covers all of Asia (except for China and Japan), and including Australia and New Zealand

Australia and Korea: the ‘odd couple’

Asian Economies, News, Publications | 21st April 2021

I’m quoted in the Singapore Straits Times and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post talking about the different reasons why Australia’s and Korea’s economies were the only ones to avoid recession during the financial crisis of 12 years ago, and why they have recovered strongly from the Covid-19 induced recession  

China’s Economy

Asian Economies, The Global Economy | 10th March 2021

China’s was the only major economy to record positive growth in 2020. In this talk Saul will discuss the sustainability of the recovery that’s been under way since the second quarter of 2020, the medium-term risks associated with China’s high debt levels, banking system and exchange rate regime.  He will also talk about prospects for […]


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Saul Eslake online presentation

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Dr Joe Flood, Adjunct Fellow, RMIT University, Pandemicia

“Thank you very much for your excellent presentation for the Economic Society today. It is always a great pleasure to hear your eloquent, up-to-date and comprehensive talks.”

Andrew Trembath, economist, Victorian and Australian Government agencies

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“I have never known an economist to have such a knowledge of world economic facts and to be able to bring to bear so much information in answering a question without notice”
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