The Money - Full program podcast

The Money - Full program podcast

Australia

The Money is a weekly 30 minute program that explains how the Australian economy and everything in it works, and how this all connects to the global economy.

Episodes

Soothes roads, eases congestion: can a tax improve the traffic?  

Car culture is part of the Australian psyche but it’s having a huge effect on our cities.  Congestion delays us by millions of hours a year and costs us tens of billions in lost productivity. 

The economics of immigration  

Australia's population is not far from 24 and a half million. It's growing at a shade under 350 thousand a year, of which almost 190 thousand is immigration. At this rate, by mid century we'll be at least 40 million.

Economics of Fashion  

Fashion is big business. Trillions and trillions of dollars and growing. But a lot of the money is wasted. Clothes are now so cheap many are hardly worn before they're thrown out. And then there are the environmental costs and labour conditions many garment makers still endure.

How money messes with you  

How money messes with you.

The Book of Common Investing  

Financial advisors are rarely the best people to manage your money says John Kay, one of Britain's leading economists.

The Curious Case of School Funding in Australia  

Schooling is important and expensive. In Australia we spend tens of billions of dollars every year, and that's just from the public purse. But we don't just have a public system, we have three systems, all of which get public money.

Gridlock? Making sense of the electricity market  

Electricity bills have doubled in the last five years. In fact, in the last decade Australia has gone from having almost the cheapest power in the world to some of the most expensive.

Gridlock? Making sense of the electricity market  

Electricity bills have doubled in the last five years. In fact, in the last decade Australia has gone from having almost the cheapest power in the world to some of the most expensive.

Know the score: the economics of orchestras  

Orchestras are cultural institutions that go hand in hand with cities. Australia has six, one in each state capital, but all orchestras run operational deficits. The money they earn from performances doesn't cover the running costs.

Why is economic inequality on the rise and what stops it getting worse?  

Economic inequality is growing in Australia. It's been steadily increasing since 1981, when things were fairer. We think we know why this happens, what isn’t clear is how to reverse it. Walter Scheidel says history shows inequality can decline, indeed, it declined for most of the 20th Century.  But you should be careful what you wish for. 

Rankings and how they work: from web search to workplace  

Rankings are everywhere. They're at the heart of search engines and recommendations. They permeate education, banking, the public sector and the many indexes of human life. And of course they absolutely dominate sport. The league table and the ladder are the clearest rankings there are.

Is health insurance worth it?  

Health insurance premiums are about to go up by almost five percent on average from the first of April, which is twice the rate of inflation. So why are healthcare costs increasing faster than other things and is health insurance actually worth having?

The economics of ports  

Ports are vital. They sit at the centre of importing and exporting and yet we almost never think about them.

The rise and rise of Amazon  

Amazon is one of the world's biggest retailers. It sells almost anything but selling things is not the most profitable part of the business. It makes film and television shows and offers a range of computing services.

Million Dollar Baby and more: the economics of movies  

Hollywood has changed dramatically in the last decade with the rise of the franchise movie, and traditional studios facing serious competition from Silicon Valley.

Family finances and school choice  

School choice is a fraught decision for many parents with the needs of the child and family finances topping the priority list.

The new globalisation  

We tend to think of globalisation as the loss of jobs of from rich countries to poor countries, and about trade and tariffs but globalisation is older and weirder and much more complicated than that, as Professor Richard Baldwin explains on The Money.

The Business of Recognition  

Honours, awards and the business of recognition.

The economics of sleep  

The economics of sleep.

How a song makes money  

How does a song make money?

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