SAUL ESLAKE

Economist

SAUL ESLAKE

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I’m an independent economist, speaker, company director
and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania’

Economic Policies


The Nobel Prize winning economist James Tobin once said that the study of economics “offered the hope, as it still does, that improved understanding could better the lot of mankind”. One of the ways in which it does this is through the implementation of economic policy that helps to ameliorate boom-and-bust cycles, reduces unemployment, contains inflation or lifts people’s living standards in sustainable ways.

The Australian resources boom and its aftermath – Review of ‘Balancing Act’ by George Megalogenis

Economic Policies, Publications, The Australian Economy | 15th June 2016

Saul Eslake | Quarterly Essay | Issue No 16 2016 In reply to George Megalogenis’s Quarterly Essay, Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal. George Megalogenis writes about today’s economy with a grasp of the broad sweep of Australian history and an awareness of the social consequences of economic performance and policy – attributes which have been […]


Lower inflation targets aren’t a good idea

Economic Policies, Publications | 17th May 2016

Article published on The Conversation website, 17th May 2016


Reflections on the 2016-17 Federal Budget

Economic Policies, Publications | 5th May 2016

Saul Eslake | The Conversation | 5th May 2016 This is a longer version of Saul Eslake’s take on the budget, on why negative gearing is still the elephant in the room for the government.Scott Morrison is very keen for his first budget to be viewed as “not just another budget” – to the point of […]


Infrastructure investment

Economic Policies | 14th August 2015

Opening Statement to the Senate Economics Committee’s Inquiry into Investment in and Planning of Infrastructure, 14th August 2015


Economic policy, Australia’s economic performance and this year’s Federal Budget

Economic Policies | 25th May 2015

Talk to Year 11 & 12 Economics Students at the Hutchins School, Hobart, 25th May 2015


The ‘right’ way to return the Budget to surplus

Economic Policies | 15th March 2014

Article published in ‘The Melbourne Anglican’, March 2014


A wide-ranging conversation on economic policy, housing policy, taxation reform, security and being an economist

Economic Policies, News, Profile | 13th August 2013

Michael Short | The Zone | 13th Aug 2013 ‘Interview with Michael Short, opinion page editor of the Melbourne Age newspaper, published in his column ‘The Zone’ Michael Short: Saul Eslake, welcome to The Zone. Thank you for your time. You have been one of Australia’s leading economists and public policy analysts for a quarter […]


Productivity and inclusive growth

Economic Policies, Productivity | 1st July 2013

Chapter 5 in Paul Smyth and John Buchanan (eds), Inclusive Growth in Australia, Allen & Unwin (2013) (for more on this book see here or here).


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Most Recent Articles, Talks and Presentations


The Tasmanian Economy
Tasmania
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The massive $50bn GST revenue distribution blow out (with Andy Park)
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Tasmania’s senior secondary education reform
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Distribution of GST Revenue: the Worst Public Policy Decision of the 21st Century to date.
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Alternatives to interest rates
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Reflections on ‘Australia Day’
Australian Society and Politics
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‘Stage 3’ tax cuts
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
25th January 2024


The proposed changes to the “stage 3 tax cuts”
Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
24th January 2024


Don’t count your chickens when it comes to an RBA rate cut
Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
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Have we passed ‘peak China’?
Asian Economies
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Cost of Living and Housing Pressure
Recent Media Interview, The Australian Economy
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“You are one of the best at what you do in the world”
Gail Fosler, Chief Economist, The Conference Board, New York, December 2002

“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”
Charles Goode, Chairman, ANZ Bank, July 2009

“Saul Eslake is … a highly regarded independent economist with the highest degree of integrity"
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“… one of the few people in this world who can have so many oranges up in the air at the same time but still manage to catch them"
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