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Australia

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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.

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English


Episodes

Flooring it: the economics of cars

9/21/2017
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Australia is a car country. They're central to how we live. Last year we bought just over a million new cars, and we spent 78.4 billion dollars in the industry, buying, fuelling, and servicing them etc.

Duration: 00:28:30


Oh baby: the economics of childcare

9/14/2017
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Childcare is a big deal. It's an industry that generates around a billion dollars of profit a year in Australia, and actually costs a lot more. A substantial chunk of the cost comes from government but billions also come from families. And if you live in an area of high demand and you have two children in childcare the sums become very large indeed. It's often more than a family is paying on rent or a mortgage. So, on The Money today, how did this happen? Why does it cost so much and what...

Duration: 00:28:30


Australia's great game of mates

9/7/2017
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Imagine you're playing a game. When you win, you make money. After a while you realise that there's a way of playing that makes you a lot more. It depends on you helping others and doing favours for friends, so you get a psychological reward as well as a monetary one.

Duration: 00:28:31


On the street where you live - money does grow on trees

8/31/2017
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How much do you notice the trees in your street? There might not be any or you might think of them more as a danger, a nuisance. Or they might be glorious, something that you love about where you live, something that makes you want to get outside and enjoy life.

Duration: 00:28:31


Price check: food and groceries

8/24/2017
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How often do you go to the supermarket? Once a week, once a fortnight, every day?

Duration: 00:28:30


On Prescription: What the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme costs and how it could be better

8/17/2017
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If you get a few scripts filled at the chemist it can start to feel expensive but you're still only paying part of what those drugs actually cost.

Duration: 00:28:31


Not just about the book: the economics of libraries

8/10/2017
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Which Australian institution do we spend more than a billion dollars a year on, and generates three times that value in the economy?

Duration: 00:28:30


The last goodbye: the economics of funerals

8/3/2017
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Death is the great taboo in our society. We don't like to talk or think about it. But we do have an ancient ceremony for it - the funeral.

Duration: 00:28:30


Money: it's personal—more secret than sex

7/27/2017
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It's one of the great paradoxes of money: we want it, but we don’t want others to know how much we have. But not all cultures consider it 'vulgar' to talk about money.

Duration: 00:28:00


Money: it's personal—it's not easy being rich

7/20/2017
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It goes without saying that there are huge pluses in having plenty of cash. But there’s also a darker and more difficult side to this gilded world.

Duration: 00:28:00


Money: it's personal—love and money

7/13/2017
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They say arguing over money early on in a relationship is one of the predictors of divorce. Can two people who have very different ideas about finances manage to stay under the same roof?

Duration: 00:28:00


Money: it's personal—the piggybank years

7/6/2017
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How do our childhood experiences shape adult attitudes to money? And how do today’s 20-somethings manage money, from credit card debt to who pays on a date?

Duration: 00:28:00


How a hit is made: the economics and psychology of pop culture

6/29/2017
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How does a song become a number one? Or a book become a best seller? Or a school of painting become the dominant artistic movement? People all over the world are trying to make a hit but how do you do it and what part does luck play? These are questions Derek Thompson asks in his new book and he's the hit of this week's episode of The Money.

Duration: 00:28:30


We need to talk about residential aged care

6/22/2017
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The economics of leaving home late in life are difficult to manage, whether it's into a retirement village or residential aged care, there are lots of emotions and equations to sort through.

Duration: 00:28:30


Have we reached Peak Avocado?

6/15/2017
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Three decades ago avocados really only featured in Australian households in the form of a prawn cocktail. Things started to change at the turn of the century and Australians now each more avocados per head than any other English speaking country.

Duration: 00:28:30


Rethinking economic expertise

6/8/2017
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Listen to the news or pick up the paper and you'll be faced with economics. Housing prices, wage stagnation, interest rates... it's everywhere. But is it good enough? An insurgency within the discipline says it isn’t. Begun by university students, who feel the discipline is too narrow and too reliant on models that don't always work, they want economics to be more connected to the real world. They’ve formed an organisation calling for change - Rethinking Economics.

Duration: 00:28:30


Economic clusters: how they work and what they're good for

6/1/2017
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Governments around the world are trying to create business clusters to grow their economies.

Duration: 00:28:30


Economics of scams

5/25/2017
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History is full of cons, grifts and scams. You think we'd learn but we never do, and you think that until it happens to you. Scams are on the increase because the internet enables economies of scale and greater sophistication.

Duration: 00:28:31


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

5/18/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:28:30


The economics of immigration

5/11/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:28:30

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