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John Quiggin

John Quiggin

Professor, School of Economics, The University of Queensland
John Quiggin is an Australian economist, a Professor and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and a Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland, and a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government.

He was awarded the Australian Social Science Academy Medal in 1993 and a Fellowship in 1996, received the 1997 and 2000 Sam Richardson of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia, received the 2001 Editors Prize of the Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2002, and a Distinguished Fellowship of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.

A prolific author and blogger, Professor Quiggin's most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 from Princeton University Press.

BlackRock is the canary in the coalmine. Its decision to dump coal signals what's next

Jan 16, 2020 10:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

The announcement by BlackRock, the worlds largest fund manager, that it will dump more than half a billion dollars in thermal coal shares from all of its actively managed portfolios, might not seem like big...

Why the profit motive fails in education

Dec 13, 2019 07:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

The Morrison governments waiving of almost A$500 million in dodgy vocational education and training debts holds many lessons about the nature of education and public services being provided by for-profit...

Please, no more projections. What we need are predictions, and they're harder

Nov 19, 2019 02:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. (attributed to Danish physicist Niels Bohr) The difficulty of making predictions has long been known, but the rise of the internet means that it is...

Adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable

Aug 15, 2019 17:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The announcement by Suncorp that it will no longer insure new thermal coal projects, along with a similar announcement by QBE Insurance a few months earlier, brings Australia into line with Europe where most major insurers...

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Economy

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

NBA to launch AR mobile in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic

The NBA and its players association (NBPA) will launch an officially-licensed augmented reality (AR) mobile game dubbed the NBA All-World in partnership with Pokémon Go developer Niantic. With the help of user...

Air New Zealand offers sleeping pods for economy class passengers

Air New Zealand will offer six full-length sleeping pods per flight under its Skynest concept, among the features included on its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, due to enter into service in 2024. The feature will allow...

PGA Tour, DP World Tour fortify alliance to combat LIV Golf

The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have strengthened their strategic alliance with a new 13-year operational joint venture in competing against the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The alliance would help create new player pathways...

NBA invests in kids' TikTok-like social network Zigazoo

The National Basketball Association is investing in Zigazoo Inc., a TikTok-like app, as the kids social network gets more involved. Among Zigazoos investors are Serena Williams, Jimmy Kimmel, and the DAmelio...

Politics

Joe Biden announces US military reinforcements in Europe

World leaders under the NATO alliance gathered this week for a summit in Madrid, where the ongoing war in Ukraine was on the main agenda. US President Joe Biden announced that there would be reinforcements of the US...

NATO announces invitation for FInland, Sweden to join alliance

In a major shift in security in Europe this week, the NATO alliance has officially extended an invitation for Finland and Sweden to join the military grouping. The invitation came as both countries broke their neutrality...

North Korea state media says joint drills between US, South Korea, Japan another step to establishing 'Asian NATO'

North Korea has criticized the joint military drills that the US, South Korea, and Japan are holding amidst the tensions in the peninsula that resulted from Pyongyangs repeated weapons tests. North Korean state media...

Afghanistan: No women at the national unity gathering, says Taliban acting deputy PM

The international community has raised concerns about the Talibans policies on women and girls since retaking control of Afghanistan in August last year. The insurgent groups acting deputy prime minister said no female...

Science

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

How nanotechnology can revive Nigeria's textile industry

Nigerias cotton production has fallen steeply in recent years. It once supported the largest textile industry in Africa. The fall is due to weak demand for cotton and to poor yields resulting from planting low-quality...

Technology

Samsung acquires German OLED display firm Cynora for $300 million

Samsung Display Co. has purchased display company Cynora GmbH for about $300 million, gaining technology for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens. As part of the deal, Samsung acquired Cynoras intellectual...

‘Skull and Bones’ will reportedly launch on November 8

Ubisofts long-running project for the pirate-themed game Skull and Bones might be completed soon as a new leak suggests it is ready to be released later this year. Details about its launch and pre-order items recently...

Report: Samsung is developing a lower-priced foldable phone

Samsung is reportedly developing an entry-level foldable phone that will be sold at a much lower price than the latest Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But the device is not expected to enter the market until...

Snapchat subscription service launches in nine countries

Snapchat started the rollout of its subscription service, officially named Snapchat+. It appears, however, that exclusive features are quite limited at the moment and it will be initially available in nine...

Brazil’s Anatel proposes mandatory USB-C phone chargers

Brazils national telecommunications agency, also known as Anatel, is exploring the possibility of requiring phone manufacturers to support USB-C charging. The agency has opened a public consultation on the matter that...
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