Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine

Jessica Irvine is National Economics Editor of News Limited’s metropolitan daily newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail and The Adelaide Advertiser. Before that she was economics writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, including a two-year stint in the federal Press Gallery in Canberra. She has an honours degree in Economics (Social Sciences). She is a regular commentator on TV and radio and author of “Zombies, bananas and why there are no economists in heaven: The economics of real life”.

Articles by Jessica Irvine

There’s no such thing as a free bus ticket

There’s no such thing as a free bus ticket

13 Mar 13 Crisis is a word that gets used a lot in newspapers. There’s the cricket crisis. The Global Financial Crisis. The…... Read more

Even financial transactions can be human ones

Even financial transactions can be human ones

11 Mar 13 When I was seven, I sold my favourite Barbie at a trash and treasure sale for $1. Immediately, I felt…... Read more

The election cycle is the enemy of infrastructure

The election cycle is the enemy of infrastructure

06 Mar 13 Could this be the biggest spending election campaign of all time? Six months out and the bacon is flying. Pork…... Read more

Traffic hurts the economy as much as it hurts you

Traffic hurts the economy as much as it hurts you

04 Mar 13 The Prime Minister and I have something in common: we both want to live close to where we work. So…... Read more

Don’t be fooled into a banking mistake

Don’t be fooled into a banking mistake

27 Feb 13 Try this pop quiz: How many of the following financial institutions do you think are owned by the big four…... Read more

Here’s a simple equation that will take away those kilos

Here’s a simple equation that will take away those kilos

25 Feb 13 Everyone knows that to lose weight you have to eat less and move more. The real question is: how much?…... Read more

We want style and substance from our politicians

We want style and substance from our politicians

20 Feb 13 If the polls are to be believed, Australians are about to resoundingly boot out a government that has delivered an…... Read more

Don’t worry mums and dads, Generation Rent are OK

Don’t worry mums and dads, Generation Rent are OK

18 Feb 13 I’m moving in two weeks. Yep, it’s all cardboard boxes and roller tape at our house. Happily married for two…... Read more

Why my pricey smartphone is not the apple of my i

Why my pricey smartphone is not the apple of my i

13 Feb 13 It was love at first swipe. I still remember the first time I held a gleaming iPhone in my hands.…... Read more

Hey pollies, leave our super alone - for now

Hey pollies, leave our super alone - for now

11 Feb 13 Super nest eggs have emerged as the first major policy battle ground of the election and neither side of politics…... Read more

Abbott could be the father of a motherhood revolution

Abbott could be the father of a motherhood revolution

06 Feb 13 Tony Abbott doesn’t have a woman problem. What he has is a radical, feminist policy proposal that, if elected, will…... Read more

The Aussie shopper is back! But something’s changed

The Aussie shopper is back! But something’s changed

04 Feb 13 Every Sunday morning, we bustle into the car, kids freshly washed and dressed. We come together to congregate in massive…... Read more

Down the rabbit hole of surplus politics

Down the rabbit hole of surplus politics

30 Jan 13 It doesn’t take long, in election years, before every galah in the pet shop is squawking about economic management. So…... Read more

Australia is a bigger deal than we give ourselves credit for

Australia is a bigger deal than we give ourselves credit for

23 Jan 13 We Aussies have an endearing tendency towards self-deprecation. We cringe when we see our leaders at important international meetings, convinced…... Read more

Job cuts are coming, but let’s keep them in perspective

Job cuts are coming, but let’s keep them in perspective

21 Jan 13 Job cuts are set to dominate the economic news again this year, so it’s going to be important to keep…... Read more

News just in from elsewhere: money does buy happiness

News just in from elsewhere: money does buy happiness

16 Jan 13 Does money buy happiness? Until very recently, the surprising consensus among economists was that no, it does not. At least,…... Read more

We’re all going on a cheap overseas holiday

We’re all going on a cheap overseas holiday

14 Jan 13 Is the mining boom back? While everyone was on holidays, the price of iron ore has shot back up to…... Read more

Property plunge: At least dinner parties have improved

Property plunge: At least dinner parties have improved

09 Jan 13 Some love affairs end in tears. Other times, a relationship sours so gradually that when the final parting comes, it…... Read more

Staving off the cliff by giving debt haircuts to zombies…

Staving off the cliff by giving debt haircuts to zombies…

07 Jan 13 2013 is shaping up as the year of blockbuster economic jargon. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or relaxing…... Read more

The size of your bottom line is a numbers game

The size of your bottom line is a numbers game

02 Jan 13 Hands up if you’ve stepped on the scales yet this year? Well, I have, and it’s not pretty. In 2011,…... Read more

The strong reason why you should head overseas

The strong reason why you should head overseas

03 Dec 12 A record number of Australians are expected to jet overseas this year. Only a decade ago, overseas travel was a…... Read more

We’ve come so far but there’s a long way to go

We’ve come so far but there’s a long way to go

28 Nov 12 Our Governor General, Quentin Bryce, is one classy lady and a role model for young women everywhere. Speaking yesterday at…... Read more

Deliver the climate message via the hip pocket

Deliver the climate message via the hip pocket

21 Nov 12 For too long, world leaders have tried appealing to our better angels to bring about a solution to climate change.…... Read more

We’re spending what on our weddings! The cost of love

We’re spending what on our weddings! The cost of love

19 Nov 12 I’m getting married in two weeks. Which is to say, I’m a stressed-out Bridezilla with serious cash-flow problems. A dear…... Read more

Tighten your belts Australia, we can’t spare the fiscal flab

Tighten your belts Australia, we can’t spare the fiscal flab

14 Nov 12 A donut here. A missed gym session there. We’ve all done it. Too many calories in and not enough out.…... Read more

Time to exorcise the evil of stamp duty

Time to exorcise the evil of stamp duty

12 Nov 12 What if I told you there was a way to make housing more affordable, cut congestion on our roads, lower…... Read more

Discredited: How Australia exposed creditor predators

Discredited: How Australia exposed creditor predators

07 Nov 12 Australians have a tendency to feel small and insignificant on the global stage. But it’s time to take a bow.…... Read more

The RBA should bet against the mining boom tomorrow

The RBA should bet against the mining boom tomorrow

05 Nov 12 IT’S time for the Reserve Bank to stump up on Tuesday with an interest rate cut to kick-start the nation.…... Read more

The bottom line on the dazzling Asian Century

The bottom line on the dazzling Asian Century

31 Oct 12 The Gillard government’s much-touted Australia in the Asian Century report is packed full of eye-popping statistics about the rise of…... Read more

It’s easy to be filthy rich when you don’t pay tax

It’s easy to be filthy rich when you don’t pay tax

29 Oct 12 A TAX that doesn’t raise a cent? The sorry saga of the mining tax continues after revelations that Australia’s big…... Read more

Swanny cuts the budget fat with a liposuction

Swanny cuts the budget fat with a liposuction

24 Oct 12 A crackdown on government-funded liposuction; tax cuts for Mongolian, Tongan and Tunisian diplomats; a cut to the cherry and stone…... Read more

Swan the builder more of a maintenance man

Swan the builder more of a maintenance man

23 Oct 12 Wayne Swan is looking more Stepford wife than Bob the Builder. His mid-year budget update yesterday was largely an exercise…... Read more

It’s the economy, stupid

It’s the economy, stupid

22 Oct 12 It’s the economy, stupid. Always is. On the eve of America’s presidential elections, the world’s biggest economy is showing signs…... Read more

The price of basically everything keeps going up

The price of basically everything keeps going up

22 Oct 12 (Ed’s note: This is a news story by Jessica Irvine. Her regular column is published above.) The costs of basic…... Read more

Done your tax return? Well, it could have sucked less

Done your tax return? Well, it could have sucked less

17 Oct 12 As an economics and finance commentator, I make a good living telling other people what to do with their money.…... Read more

While raging against Abbott, the PM voiced our silent rage

While raging against Abbott, the PM voiced our silent rage

15 Oct 12 The sex wars which erupted in federal parliament last week are only the tip of the iceberg of a deep…... Read more

Who’s looking after your super? “Well, I dunno”

Who’s looking after your super? “Well, I dunno”

10 Oct 12 Who is looking after your retirement savings? Twenty years after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, an alarmingly high proportion of…... Read more

You can’t bank on the Big Four to do the right thing

You can’t bank on the Big Four to do the right thing

08 Oct 12 One of my first jobs in journalism was as the banking reporter. The thing you learn quickly on the banking…... Read more

Start preparing for the end of the mining boom

Start preparing for the end of the mining boom

03 Oct 12 It is immodest to say I told you so. So let’s move on… The board of the Reserve Bank has…... Read more

Sport plus Australia equals more dollars than sense

Sport plus Australia equals more dollars than sense

01 Oct 12 From a very early age, I struggled with handstands at little lunch. Come sports day, I invariably finished last. My…... Read more

This man should cut interest rates next week

This man should cut interest rates next week

26 Sep 12 It’s not an easy job, being the Governor of the Reserve Bank. Glenn Stevens may have the benefit of hundreds…... Read more

A common humanity behind that Great Firewall

A common humanity behind that Great Firewall

24 Sep 12 In June this year, the Chinese version of the micro-blogging website Twitter - which is banned in China - erupted…... Read more

Tax things that can’t move. That’s all you need to know

Tax things that can’t move. That’s all you need to know

19 Sep 12 Australians are generous at heart. You see it when disaster strikes – drought, flood, fire – we all chip in…... Read more

Why one household’s trash is the economy’s treasure

Why one household’s trash is the economy’s treasure

17 Sep 12 Twice a year on a Sunday, my local council arranges a hard rubbish collection day. For nosey parkers like me,…... Read more

With the economy, the truth is out there

With the economy, the truth is out there

12 Sep 12 Struggling to get a handle on where the economy is heading? Don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re facing an…... Read more

Busting myths about the mining boom

Busting myths about the mining boom

10 Sep 12 We’ve been here before. Amid all the breathless commentary about the end of the mining boom, it pays to recall…... Read more

If the mining boom busts, education could step in

If the mining boom busts, education could step in

05 Sep 12 Who wants to earn a million dollars? Forget TV game shows or get rich quick schemes, studies reveal the true…... Read more

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