Dismal Science

15 - I dream of Gini

Stephen and Ivan talk inequality.

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14 - Dollar dazzler

Stephen and Ivan discuss the recent spike in the Australian dollar, what it means for the RBA's growth forecasts and whether you should be buying foreign currency for that overseas holiday now.

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13 - Labour market Lowedown

Stephen and Ivan do a close reading of RBA governor Philip Lowe's latest speech on the labour market.

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12 - Take a minute

Stephen and Ivan take look at why the minutes from the RBA board's July meeting moved markets, as well as the June jobs numbers.

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11 - In the realm of the census

For this comeback episode, we catch up on the latest economic data, Ivan asks for a pay rise and we dive into the census.

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10 - BONUS EPISODE: Jeff Gramm talks shareholder activism

In this bonus episode of Ivan interviews Jeff Gramm, hedge fund manager and author of Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism.

The book, which was on the AICD's summer reading list, traces the history of shareholder activism through eight famous shareholder letters and touches on many themes relevant to directors, including the relationship between board and management, director independence, the role of proxy advisers and the perils of groupthink.

Stephen and Ivan take look at why the minutes from the RBA board's July meeting moved markets, as well as the June jobs numbers.

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Episode 9 - Taxes, not axes

It's our bumper Budget episode: axes are out, taxes are in. RIP 2014.

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Episode 8 - Of budgets and birthdays

It’s Stephen’s birthday and it’s the budget! What a time to be the AICD Chief Economist.

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Episode 7 - On target

This week Stephen and Ivan take credit for the Treasurer getting religion on debt and discuss inflation coming back within the Reserve Bank’s target range.

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Episode 6 – Talk infra to me

This week Stephen and Ivan talk about making infrastructure sexy again, as well as the latest labour market data and the ongoing jobs/housing dilemma of the RBA.

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Episode 5 – The Blueprint

This week Stephen and Ivan talk about the regulator crackdown on interest-only loans and the AICD's Blueprint for Growth, which outlines our national reform agenda.

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Episode 4 - Safe Harbour

On this episode of The Dismal Science, Stephen and Ivan talk Brexit and welcome their first guest, AICD Senior Policy Adviser Lysarne Pelling, who came in to discuss proposed safe harbour laws that could save companies from painful insolvencies.

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Episode 3 - Is it a bubble?

In this special episode of The Dismal Science, Stephen and Ivan discuss the housing market. Is it a bubble? Should regulators be concerned? And what can we do to make housing more affordable?


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Episode 2 – Jobs disaster

In the second episode of the AICD’s new weekly economics podcast, Stephen and Ivan discuss the ‘disaster’ that was the February jobs numbers, Western Australia’s economy post mining boom and the AICD’s number of the week.


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Episode 1: RBA’s ctrl+c

In the first episode of the AICD’s new weekly economics podcast, Stephen and Ivan discuss the Reserve Bank’s copy-and-paste interest rate decision, society’s anxieties about the robot revolution and the AICD’s number of the week.


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