The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Okay, I am going to tackle the "productivity" agenda--WTF does that actually mean?

Really busy and very tired. But I don't think economists know what they are talking about when about...non-stop..."productivity". So, I am reading my mate Saul Eslake's paper to the RBA, boldly entitled simply, Productivity. I will see if Saul can convince me he knows what he is on about. He should, as he runs the productivity agenda at the Grattan Institute. And I don't mean measuring productivity, or discussing economists' interpretations of productivity.  A lot on my plate right now, but give me some time...