Author Archives: Warwick Smith

How our economy is like an out of control AI

By Warwick Smith | 8 September 2019, 12:30pm First published at Independent Australia Humans, individually, can be incredibly brilliant but collectively we’re often puzzlingly stupid. To take a simple, uncontroversial example, we know that forests are critical for our survival. … Continue reading

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A failure of collective intelligence

By Warwick Smith An essay I wrote has won second prize in New Philosopher magazine’s latest writer’s prize and has been published in the magazine. As I did with my last New Philosopher essay, I’ll probably publish this in another … Continue reading

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Mineral wealth, Clive Palmer, and the corruption of Australian politics – The Conversation

Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Clive Palmer is reportedly spending A$70 million of his own money on his party’s campaign. How is it possible for one individual to command so much wealth and where did it come from? The sad … Continue reading

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Labor wants to pay childcare wages itself. A perfect storm makes it not such a bad idea

This article was first published in The Conversation. Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne This article is part of an election series on wages, industrial relations, Labor and the union movement ahead of the 2019 federal election. You can read other … Continue reading

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Memories. In 1961 Labor promised to boost the deficit to fight unemployment. The promise won

  First published in The Conversation Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the poll in 1961, and won the debate about policy. National Archives, National Library of Australia, Wikimedia Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Lately, governments and oppositions have … Continue reading

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The simple approach to carbon

By Warwick Smith First published in The Canberra Times and other Fairfax newspapers. What is fee and dividend carbon pricing? Carbon fee and dividend is a model for pricing climate pollutants where a fee is charged on producers of emissions, … Continue reading

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Video of speech for the Victorian Fabians

Here’s a speech I gave on the economics of inequality at the AGM of the Victorian Fabians. The speech notes are below the video. Warwick Smith from Australian Fabians Inc. (AFI) on Vimeo. Speech notes from Per Capita’s Medium page. … Continue reading

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