NEWSFLASH! In September I will join The Conversation as its Business and Economy Editor. I have been honoured to work at The Age for the past ten years, originally alongside the legendry Tim Colebatch, and for the past four years as economics editor in my own right.

At The Conversation, my job will be to make the best thinking from Australia's 40 univerisites accessible to the widest possible audience. That means you. From the new year I will also write a weekly column.

On this site are most of the important things I have written for Fairfax and the ABC over the past few decades. I recommend the Search function. The site is a record for you, as well as me.

I'll continue to post great things from The Conversation and other places here, and also on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Will the Olympics boost Beijing's economy?

You can get an idea by asking whether the Olympics boosted Sydney's economy.

At Odd Numbers, Zubin Jelveh presents a persuasive answer.

Try his "spot the boost" test for yourself.

No cheating.

What was the name of that consulting firm that produced the impressive-looking study arguing that it would boost Sydney's economy?

Oh yes, KPMG.

The NSW Treasury predicted an even greater boost!

See also: Sunday dollars+sense: This'll be worth millions!