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It won't be just the budget that determines the speed of our recovery

It won't be just the budget that determines the speed of our recovery

As well as trying to increase demand, the government needs to reinvigorate our production of goods and services to recover from the coronacession as quickly as possible.

  • by Ross Gittins

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How porn and a price hike helped this newsagent's son
Opinion
Publishing

How porn and a price hike helped this newsagent's son

On National Newsagent Week, it's time to remember the tricks of the trade.

  • by Richard Glover
Italy's economic chance of a lifetime may be wasted
Analysis
Coronavirus pandemic

Italy's economic chance of a lifetime may be wasted

No Italian government has ever had so much cash at its disposal as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte but it could become the biggest missed opportunity of a generation.

  • by Alessandra Migliaccio and Chiara Albanese
Echoes of the GFC: The US could be repeating its 2009 mistakes
Global economy

Echoes of the GFC: The US could be repeating its 2009 mistakes

The US economy has emerged from the first six months of the pandemic in far better shape than many feared. But it is losing steam, and there are fears it will lead to permanent damage.

  • by Ben Casselman and Jeanna Smialek
Gas sector bets on hydrogen as Australia targets 'net zero' emissions
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Energy

Gas sector bets on hydrogen as Australia targets 'net zero' emissions

Oil and gas giants are pushing hydrogen over electrification as the lowest-cost path to reducing the industry's carbon footprint by 2050.

  • by Nick Toscano
Slow death spiral: Europe's economy is in fundamental crisis
Opinion
Coronavirus pandemic

Slow death spiral: Europe's economy is in fundamental crisis

The recovery of Europe's economy was already fading before the second wave of COVID-19 struck, now the road ahead is looking treacherous.

  • by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
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A quarter of workplaces saw productivity improve during COVID-19. The same number saw a drop
Working from home

A quarter of workplaces saw productivity improve during COVID-19. The same number saw a drop

Firms that took explicit steps to adapt to remote working - such as supplying equipment and new social interaction - were three times more likely to see improved productivity.

  • by Matt Wade
Fed chair Powell warns US economic recovery is still 'highly uncertain'
Coronavirus pandemic

Fed chair Powell warns US economic recovery is still 'highly uncertain'

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the US economy has a long way to go before fully recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and will need further support.

  • by Christopher Condon
Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse
Opinion
Employment

Thinking economists are grappling with why their profession has made our lives worse

Well-known economists are coming to similar conclusions about the ideas of “neoliberalism”.

  • by Ross Gittins
'Poverty shock' looms for newly unemployed single parents
Analysis
Coronavirus pandemic

'Poverty shock' looms for newly unemployed single parents

When the government reduces its coronavirus payments, it could cause hardship for families who have not previously relied on government benefits.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Budget can be used to counter the fall in the fertility rate
Editorial
Population

Budget can be used to counter the fall in the fertility rate

Economics stimulus should be targeted at young families rather than high-income earners.

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