Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Peter Martin is Business and Economy Editor of The Conversation and a visiting fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.
A former Treasury official with an honours degree in economics, he has worked as the economics correspondent for ABC radio, as the ABC's Tokyo correspondent and as economics editor of The Age.
With Dr Gigi Foster of UNSW he created The Economists podcast on ABC Radio National. In 2016 he was made a Distinguished Alumni of Flinders University in recognition of his contribution to the community's understanding of economics.
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Apr 11, 2023 11:21 am UTC| Economy Real Estate
So, you think you know why rents climbed. You probably think was skyrocketing interest rates and a tsunami of migration. Its true that interest rates have jumped more over the past year than at any time on record,...
Pensioners and homeowners pay capital gains tax in real-time – it's time the richest Australians did too
Mar 15, 2023 15:56 pm UTC| Economy
In drawing up his plans to more effectively tax large superannuation accounts, Treasurer Jim Chalmers might have stumbled upon a really good idea. If applied more broadly, it could at last tax rich Australians in...
Top economists' forecasts: Higher interest rates, falling home prices and real wages, but no recession
Feb 05, 2023 04:05 am UTC| Economy
Australias Reserve Bank is set to push up rates once again at its first meeting for the year on Tuesday, according to all but two of the 29 leading economists surveyed by The Conversation at the start of 2023. Those...
This latest increase in RBA interest rates might well be the last, for some time
Dec 08, 2022 10:59 am UTC| Central Banks Economy
You might not know it from reading Tuesdays statement announcing Australias eighth consecutive increase in interest rates, but our Reserve Bank might finally have done enough. The statement says inflation is still too...
Why does the RBA keep hiking interest rates? It's scared it can't contain inflation
Aug 03, 2022 00:55 am UTC| Economy Central Banks
There are signs inflation pressures are easing. Oil prices are down almost 20% on their peak in March. Theyve been falling consistently for a month. The average capital city unleaded price is down from A$2.11 per litre...
Top economists expect RBA to hold interest rates low in 2022, as real wages fall
Feb 02, 2022 09:26 am UTC| Economy Central Banks
Australias leading forecasters expect the Reserve Bank to resist pressure to lift interest rates all year, despite rising interest rates overseas, much higher inflation, plunging unemployment, and financial market traders...
Unemployment below 3% is possible for the first time in 50 years – if Australia budgets for it
Feb 02, 2022 08:57 am UTC| Economy
Whats the boldest thing the Morrison government could do in next months budget? It would be to forecast an unemployment rate below 4% (a rate of three-point-something), then to pledge to go further, to...
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