The Money looks at Australia and the world through an economic lens. It explores how economics influences everything else.
Poker lessons and the 20-minute neighbourhood
Maria Konnikova learnt to play poker to explore the interplay between luck and skill. As she rose from rank novice to accomplished player, she also learnt how to make better decisions. Plus, how during lockdown we became the 20-minute neighbourhood.
Maria Konnikova, author of The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win.
Lucinda Hartley, co-founder of Neighbourlytics
Rethinking deficits and the future of city office space
In the wake of lockdowns and working from home, business is rethinking how much office space is needed and where it's located. Plus, the economist who argues that governments should spend whatever it takes to drive a post-COVID economic recovery.
The ups and downs of 2020
It’s been a quite year. At the end of it, Australia, through a combination of geography, our health system, and massive injections of cash from the government isn’t going too badly. There has even been surprising growth in some sectors like electronics manufacturing, as companies bring production back home. Plus, there’s new research showing high levels of financial stress amongst full time workers especially workers in poorer areas – is the pandemic recession making poverty worse?
Serena Ross, CEO, Circuitwise
Professor Abigail Payne, Director, Melbourne Institute, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Richard Yetsenga, Chief Economist, ANZ Research
Kelly Fawcett, Research and Policy Lead, Foundation for Young Australians
Martinique, university graduate
The housing have-nots and is cash dead?
Australia’s ongoing housing inequalities are explored in new research on the financial stresses facing renters over 50 with an annual household income of less than $31,000. Plus, is cash dead? And the ups and downs of a rising Aussie dollar.
Guests: Michele Bullock, Assistant Governor (Financial System), Reserve Bank of Australia
Emma Power, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies, Western Sydney University
Irene, renter from Victoria
Diana Mousina, Senior Economist, AMP Capital
Diversify trade and what not to buy for Christmas
Many Australian exporters are making plans to diversify away from China - what markets have we ignored and how can we do business better? Will the new regional free trade deal help? Plus, how to make insurance more affordable for people who can’t afford it – especially for residents in Northern Australia. And how to avoid unwanted Christmas gifts.
Guests: Francis Wong, Managing Director, Encounter Australia
Phil Turtle, President, Australia Indonesia Business Council
Deborah Elms, Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
Rade Musulin, Chair, Actuaries Institute’s General Insurance Affordability Working Group (see link below for Property Insurance Affordability: Challenges and Potential Solutions)
Jana Bowden, Associate Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Macquarie University
Harder to buy a house, part-time work and the digital economy: The first 20 years
For Australia, the story of the 21st century so far has been a mix of huge events: the GFC, the mining boom, the growth of China, and the current recession. There’s also been and slower important changes, like the digital transformation of industries and the rise of the service sector. The Money turns the spotlight on the first two decades.
Guests: Jeff Borland, Truby Williams Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne
Rachel Ong ViforJ, Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University
Paul D'Urso, Executive chairman and founder of Anatomics
Andrew Parker, Partner, PwC Australia
Professor Beth Webster, Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology