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Inside the myth of Australia's economic superheroes. We're living through the second longest boom in Australian history. You can't move for talk of the budget surplus. The Liberals proclaim their impeccable economic record; Labor counterclaim that they sowed the seeds during their time in government. So who's right? Does it matter? And what does it all mean anyway? In this entertaining and incisive book, Australian economist Andrew Charlton looks behind the political smokescreen to reveal just how much of the rhetoric we should believe. He argues that while much of the economic headlines we read and see on TV are misleading and irrelevant, workers' rights, immigration, protectionism and investment in technology and education are all vital, in different ways, for the future of the nation -- and often have a direct impact on the world in which we live, from the size of our paypackets to the range of produce in our local stores. Forthright, compelling and extremely entertaining, this brilliant book shows ordinary readers why economics matters and why it is both more relevant and endlessly fascinating than they ever imagined ...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741667387
ISBN-10: 1741667380
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 161mm x 22mm)
Pages: 274
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Andrew Charlton

Andrew Charlton is an academic at the London School of Economics. He has worked for the UN, the OECD and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Paul's College at Sydney University and a Director of the economic consultancy OIR. He has a doctorate from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. At age 26 he published a landmark book (Fair Trade For All), co-authored with Joseph Stiglitz (author of Globalisation and its Discontents), which has been translated into 13 languages.

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