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Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson

Peter was educated at the University of Otago, the University of New England and Simon Fraser University. He has been a visiting Scholar at the University of Otago, The University of British Columbia, Rutgers University and The University of Oxford.

Peter’s research is focused on the interactions between economic growth, economic development and international trade. He has also written on human capital accumulation, trade and environmental issues, the causes of long run growth through history, corruption, military spending and immigration.

Peter has also served as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and to the Department of Innovation, industry, Science and Research.

China's economic power is actually a lot smaller than you think

Jan 02, 2018 05:52 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Chinas economic presence on world markets is actually much smaller than that of the United States of America and smaller than our key three asia-pacific allies combined. In recent years, reports by financial...

China Crisis Series

China's greatest challenge will be escaping the middle income trap

Jan 28, 2016 02:57 am UTC| Insights & Views

Chinas slower growth figures have caused jitters in world financial markets. Nevertheless its growth remains at miracle levels. At this pace, China would appear to remain on track to become the richest and most powerful...

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Economy

Australian bonds rally as tumbling stocks prompt safe-haven buying amid Italy concerns

Australian government bonds gained across the curve during Asian session on Wednesday as investors moved into safe-haven buying as stocks prices tumbled globally amid Italy worries. The yield on Australias benchmark...

U.S. Treasuries climb ahead of short-term 2-year auction, 3 FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries climbed sharply during late afternoon session Tuesday amid a silent trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, todays 2-year Note auction, due by 17:00GMT and Federal Open...

UK gilts surge ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech amid muted trading session

The United Kingdoms gilts surged during Tuesdays afternoon session ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be delivered today by 15:20GMT amid a silent trading day that witnessed data...

German bunds jump ahead of October manufacturing PMI, 5-year auction

The German bunds jumped during European session Tuesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing PMI for October, scheduled to be released on October 24 by 07:30GMT and the 5-year auction, due on the same day...

USD/INR likely to ease further on pullback in oil prices, good support seen above 73.00 level: Commerzbank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to ease further but good support is seen above the 73.00 level, following any added pullback in oil prices occur, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The...

Politics

Bringing in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers onto farms

Suddenly, getting workers onto farms is a top political priority. Over the weekend, and again in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to get more backpackers working on farms. We dont...

Calculating the odds of a Trump impeachment: don't bet the house on it

What are the chances of US President Donald Trump being removed from office if the Democrats do retake the House of Representatives in the upcoming midterm elections, or at least make significant gains? These days, you...

How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Science

The resonances between Indigenous art and images captured by microscopes

Rich visual parallels between Indigenous artworks and microscopic natural structures hidden in the world around us reveal unexpected and intriguing similarities that can deepen our respect for our country and its...

Would a Space Force mean the end of NASA?

Space, that final frontier, is something that catches the attention of a country naturally inclined to believe in ideas like Manifest Destiny and American exceptionalism. But how well does a Space Force fit that bill? And...

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. Its because of...

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

Professor Kurt Lambeck has won the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Science. The award recognises Lambecks 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research watching planet Earth its a specialist...

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

Lee Berger is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science announced on October 17. Lees research identified the cause of mysterious and...

Technology

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Release Date & Launch Updates: Rockstar Reveals Full Installation Requirements for Upcoming Game

Rockstar Games has recently revealed exciting news for fans a week before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The upcoming game may have had significant reveals during the months leading up to release, but the past few...

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Spoilers, Release Date: Rockstar Facing Trouble Over Women’s Issues and Extreme Overtime Accusations

Red Dead Redemption 2 is supposed to be another home run for Rockstar when it is released in a few days. Unfortunately for the company, it is currently battling several issues from multiple sides. One is coming from women...

Elon Musk 2018: Twitter ‘Fortnite’ Feud, Revives Hope For ‘Half-Life 3’

Elon Musk recently retweeted an article that featured a fake story about him buying Fortnite and then shutting it down. This resulted in a social media circus, with users getting in on the action. In response, the...

‘Luke Cage’ News, Update: Netflix Cancels Show, Fans Launch Petition To Save It

Luke Cage is the next Netflix Marvel TV show to bite the dust following Iron Fist, with the series being canceled by the streaming service. While it was understandable why the martial arts program was axed, many were...

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

In the wake of this years large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019. Walmart, one of the worlds...
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