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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Australias top economists have overwhelmingly backed a decision by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to reset the budget strategy so that it prioritises achieving an unemployment rate of between 4% and 5% over reducing...
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Feb 02, 2021 13:58 pm UTC| Economy
Suddenly, economic forecasters are optimistic. Six months ago the forecasting team assembled by The Conversation was expecting Australias recession to continue into 2021, sending the economy backwards a further 4.6%...
Sure, interest rates are negative, but so are some prices, and when you look around, they're everywhere
Dec 30, 2020 00:14 am UTC| Economy Investing
On December 10, it finally happened. Instead of demanding an interest payment from the government in return for lending it money, a group of investors offered to pay the government in order to lend it money. Naturally...
It isn't right to say we are out of recession, as these six graphs demonstrate
Dec 06, 2020 10:02 am UTC| Economy
Itd be wrong to say that we are out of recession, although thats how the graph of Wednesdays GDP numbers makes it look. Gross domestic product (the measure of everything produced and earned and spent) fell 7% between...
The Australian government has just sold $15 billion of 31-year bonds. But what actually is a bond?
Aug 01, 2020 15:11 pm UTC| Economy
There are the Boxing Day sales, and there was this weeks rush of extremely cashed-up investors desperate to get a slice of this weeks rare 31-year government bond auction. Whats a bond? Whats a bond auction? Well get to...
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