‘Welcome to my website …
I’m an independent economist, speaker, company director
and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania’


I did most of my education in Tasmania and, after spending almost 34 years on what Tasmanians call ‘the mainland’, returned to Tasmania in December 2014. Both while I was living away, and since returning, I’ve maintained a keen interest in the progress (or, at times, lack of it) of Australia’s smallest state. The pieces here represent some of my efforts to advocate for policies which, in my opinion, would result in a stronger Tasmanian economy and improved living standards for Tasmanians.


Reforming Tasmania’s tax system: some options

Tasmania, Taxation | 16th September 2020

Paper commissioned by The Australia Institute, Tasmania, and publicly released on 16th September 2020. If preferred, a shorter 2,200 word, 5-page version is available below.

Tasmania’s post-Covid economy: what’s out there

Tasmania | 5th September 2020

Talk to a Multi-Cultural Economic Participation Forum in Hobart on Saturday 5th September 2020

The latest ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs data for Tasmania

Tasmania | 28th July 2020

An analysis of the weekly payroll jobs data for the two weeks ended July 11th, released by the ABS on 28th July

Discussion of the First Report of the (Tasmanian) Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council

News, Tasmania | 21st July 2020

Saul Eslake talks with Aaron Stevens from Tasmania Talks about the First Report of the (Tasmanian) Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council, 21st July 2020.

The ‘Post-Covid’ Global, Australian and Tasmanian Economies

Tasmania, The Australian Economy, The Global Economy | 12th June 2020

Presentation to a Webinar hosted by the Tasmanian Branch of the Australia-China Business Council, 12th June 2020

Covid-19, the Economic Downturn and Some of Its Consequences for Young People in Tasmania

Tasmania | 25th May 2020

Presentation to an online forum hosted by the Youth Network of Tasmania, 25th May 2020

The fourth annual TCCI ‘Tasmania Report’

Tasmania | 3rd December 2018

Presentation to events hosted by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Hobart, Launceston and Ulverstone on 3rd December 2018 The full report Presentation Slides

An introduction to the Tasmanian Economy and Property Market

Tasmania | 14th November 2018

Presentation to Choice Platinum Achievers (a mortgage broker group) conference in Hobart, 14th November 2018


Speaking Engagement | Boardroom Advisory | Commissioned Report | Expert Witness

Saul Eslake online presentation

“You are the best economic thinker in the country hands down”

Sheryle Bagwell, recently retired Senior Business Correspondent (and sometime Executive Producer),
ABC Radio National Breakfast

“Just want to congratulate you Saul on the unbelievably good set of slides you just presented, possibly the best I have ever seen. You have set the bar very high.”

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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What Others Say

“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"
John Durie, Columnist, The Australian, July 2009

“… 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"
Andrew Clark, journalist, Australian Financial Review, November 2008

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