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Gittinomics
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Ross Gittins is the economics guru of Australia. He has the extremely rare and enviable knack of making economics relevant, accessible and, most importantly of all, interesting. And Ross is a man on a mission. He wants to help us to understand just how the economy around us works, and more importantly, to help us take control of our lives, do less of what doesn't satisfy us and more of what does. Sound simple? Sound appealing? You bet. While the very word 'economics' strikes fear in the hearts of many, as the great English economist Alfred Marshall puts it, economics is the study of mankind in the ordinary business of life. And it's this ordinary business of life that Ross Gittins wants to explain to us: be it to do with work, leisure and the shortage of time; homes and housework; buying and saving; parents and their kids; kids and their education; not to mention our happiness and the things that may threaten it - crime, taxation, health and ageing. Economics is the stuff of life, our life, and we need to understand it. Written in his trademark friendly and accessible style, Gittinomics sums up all the things Ross wants to share with us after more than 30 years as an acclaimed economic journalist on The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Gittinomics is for everyone who's never really understood economics, but was too embarrassed to admit it. Go on, what have you got to lose?
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Home economics: An introduction Part One: Family Finances 1. The changing workforce 2. Women at work 3. The cost of kids 4. The value of higher education 5. The Great Australian Home 6. Saving, debt and guilt Part Two: The Outside World 7. Paying for health care 8. Taxes-love 'em or hate 'em 9. Crime and drugs 10. Our ageing population Part Three: Everyday Life 11. Housework has a value 12. The pleasures of consumerism 13. The shortage of time 14. The attack on leisure 15. Happiness Last word: My take-home message Bibliography

About the Author

Ross Gittins is the Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. Before joining the SMH, Ross worked as an auditor with the national chartered accounting firm, Touche Ross + Co. In 1993 he won the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in financial journalism. Ross has been a Nuffield press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ross is frequently called upon to comment on the economic issues of the day and has written and contributed to various books and periodicals. His most recent book was Gittins' Guide to Economics (Allen and Unwin, 2006).

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