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The Australian Economy

Australia hasn’t had a recession – in the widely used sense of two or more consecutive quarters of negative real GDP growth – since 1991. Since then, Australia’s ranking among nations in terms of per capita GDP has risen from 22nd to, in the last four years, either 12th or 13th, behind only the United States, Norway, Switzerland and a number of other smaller states which are predominantly either oil producers or financial centres. Australia’s economic performance reflects a combination of luck and management – the relative importance and quality of which have varied significantly from time to time. Monitoring the performance of and analysing the prospects for the Australian economy has been the major part of my ‘day job’ since I completed my university degree in 1979.

The Australian economy and its recovery from the Covid recession

The Australian Economy | 28th January 2021

Saul talks to The Eureka Report’s (and the ABC’s) Alan Kohler about the Australian economy and its recovery from the Covid recession

The current economic environment

Publications, The Australian Economy | 30th November 2020

Saul talks to Veronica Morgan and Chris Bates of the “Elephant in the Room” Property Podcast

Panel discussion hosted by the Sydney Business Chamber

The Australian Economy | 17th November 2020

Saul participated in a panel discussion on “The Way Out – the NSW Economy” hosted by the Sydney Business Chamber on 10th November, ahead of the NSW State Budget presented on 17th November, along with Gigi Foster, Professor of Economics at the University of NSW, and Mark Frost, Chief Economist of Business NSW. An edited […]

Regulatory action that ANZ would not like

Australian Society and Politics, Publications, The Australian Economy | 8th November 2020

Last month, a senior Minister in the Morrison Government threatened my former employer, ANZ Bank, with adverse regulatory actions because a well-known employee with the initials “SE” (in this case, the current CEO Shayne Elliott) said something that the Minister didn’t like. This brought back fond memories, which I couldn’t help writing about .

Video & presentation slides: An Assessment of the 2020-21 Australian Government Budget

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 7th October 2020

Video* and presentation slide for Assessment of the 2020-21 Australian Federal Budget, 7th October 2020. *Subscribers will receive YouTube invitation email to access this private video.

Economist Saul Eslake details what the significant deficit means for our nation

Economic Policies, News, Tasmania, The Australian Economy | 7th October 2020

Post Budget2020 interview with Tasmanian Talks‘ Aaron Stevens, 6th October 2020 BUDGET 2020: A Tasmania Talks deep dive

Budget 2020: A recalibration of fiscal strategy

Economic Policies, News, The Australian Economy | 7th October 2020

Interview with Alan Kohler, Talking Finance, 7th October 2020 It’s all about the federal budget this week as Alan Kohler is joined by Independent Economist, Saul Eslake who questions whether the targeting of money will boost economic activity while suggesting households should have been offered vouchers to spend in order to stimulate the economy.

The impact of Covid-19 on government finances

Economic Policies, The Australian Economy | 17th September 2020

Prepared remarks for Medicines Australia’s PharmAus20 Digital Forum panel discussion, 17th September 2020- Session 4


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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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