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."

Sunday, July 29, 2012

David Uren on the economics community's slow awakening to China

From his new book:

The magnitude of the wealth to be generated for Australia and its miners by China’s industrialisation was realised slowly and late. When the Reserve Bank of Australia’s senior economists leafed back through the papers from the bank’s annual conference held in 2000, they found there was not a single mention of China, while the United States was cited 93 times