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Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualize weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data impacting global economies.

Vital Signs Series

Marketing is getting in the way of markets that could get us to net-zero

Nov 13, 2021 07:33 am UTC| Economy

This week the prime minister entered full marketing mode. Scott Morrisons topic was climate change and his plans to get to net-zero. At the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, he tried out a few...

Vital Signs Series

Laugh at the US if you will, but Australia narrowly escaped a debt ceiling

Oct 09, 2021 08:11 am UTC| Economy

The United States government is scheduled to hit its debt ceiling of US$28.4 billion on or around October 18. The US debt ceiling isnt like the limit on a credit card, which is imposed by the lender worried about the...

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3 economic facts point to a big-spending federal budget

Apr 30, 2021 07:08 am UTC| Economy

Its difficult to make predictions, the saying goes, especially about the future. The many predictions federal budgets make about the economy over the coming four years must therefore be taken with a large grain of...

Vital Signs Series

The pros and cons of diversity in organisations

Apr 23, 2021 11:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Breaking down the old boys club in business, government and other organisations is intrinsically important. Ensuring greater diversity in organisations on gender, racial, ethnic and other lines is, simply put, the right...

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Vital Signs: COVID-19 recession is different – and we need more stimulus to deal with it.

Jun 21, 2020 03:30 am UTC| Economy

Australia has done well on the public health front during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to decisive action by the National Cabinet in March. Australia has done better than most countries on the economic front, too, thanks...

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Modelling tells us the coronavirus app will need a big take-up, economics tells us how to get it

Apr 26, 2020 05:30 am UTC| Technology

With Australias test-confirmed daily COVID-19 infection rates continuing to fall to relatively low levels, there is considerable discussion about when and how the successful containment measures might be...

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The end of the checkout signals a dire future for those without the right skills

Jan 18, 2020 04:45 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There has already been a fair number of jobs lost to automation over recent decades from factory workers to bank tellers. In the coming decade we might see radically larger numbers of jobs lost to automation, thanks to...

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Economy

China, the US, and India are expected to bear the brunt of the damage, with costs of $10 trillion, $2.5 trillion, and $850 billion.

Rising levels of obesity are set to cost the world economy 3.3 percent of GDP by 2060, slowing development in lower-income countries, according to a study published in BMJ Global Health. The conditions currently cost...

The acquisition of DSME, the world’s fourth-largest shipbuilder, boosts Hanwha’s key defense and green energy sectors.

Hanwha Group signed a conditional memorandum of understanding to acquire a 49.3 percent stake and managerial control of Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) The acquisition of DSME, the worlds...

Mubadala’s offer for BP Bunge Bioenergia could be worth over $1.7 billion.

Mubadala made the best offer for ethanol joint venture BP Bunge Bioenergia while revoking its tender offer to buy a controlling stake in Brazils Zamp SA, owner of the Burger King Brazil. The Valor Economico newspaper...

McDonald's Japan was forced to raise prices due to rising costs and weakening yen.

McDonalds is raising its menu prices in Japan, and this may affect about 60% of the restaurants offerings. It was reported that the increase is unavoidable due to the rising input costs and the exchange rates that are...

GSK appoints Julie Brown as its new CFO, and she is set to step down from her role in Burberry.

GSK, a British pharmaceutical and biotech firm that was formerly known as Glaxo Smith Kline plc, announced that it had hired Julie Brown to be its new chief financial officer. The company said on Monday, Sept. 26, that the...

Politics

Harris and Kishida stressed the importance of peace and stability in the contested waterway that China claims sovereignty over.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned China for its continued provocations in the contested Taiwan Strait. This comes as Harris is currently visiting the Asian...

A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the government must control immigration in a way that also works for the country.

The spokesperson for British Prime Minister Liz Truss said this week that the government must control immigration in a way that works for the country. The comments come amidst reported calls by the interior minister for...

The EPA has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights aimed at helping minorities disproportionately affected by water and air pollution.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its office for environmental justice over the weekend. The new office would be focused on the needs of minorities that have been heavily affected by...

The Moldovan government is considering revoking citizenship for Moldovans who hold dual citizenship that are joining Russian forces.

Moldovas pro-West president said Monday that the citizenship of its nationals who decide to fight for Russia in its war with Ukraine may be revoked. The move is being considered as part of the countrys sanctions for...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

Report: Apple Pay Later feature could be delayed until spring 2023

Apple Pay users may have to wait longer than anticipated for the buy now, pay later feature. The new payment plan will be released as one of the new features in iOS 16, but a new report suggests the Apple Pay Later might...

A new MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch display is expected to be one of the new Apple devices to enter the market in 2023

Apple is expected to close this year with the announcement of new Mac devices next month. But reports on what products the tech giant plans to unveil in 2023 are already making the rounds online, and it might include an...

Google offers a closer look at Pixel Watch’s design ahead of October 6 event

There is only a little over a week left before Google launches a new slate of Pixel-branded devices, including the Pixel Watch. But thanks to a mix of early teasers and leaks, details about the smartwatchs design and...

Sony says a game’s 'premium release' should come first before it goes to a subscription service

Sony is adamant that subscription services like PlayStation Plus are not the best venue to launch new video games. A company executive said Sony prioritizes a new titles premium release but noted that PS Plus can serve an...
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