Unfreeze – now available on Kindle

Unfreeze: How to Create a High Growth Economy After the Pandemic – joint with my RMIT University colleagues Darcy Allen, Chris Berg, Aaron Lane and Jason Potts is now available in a Kindle edition.

Australian Amazon

UK Amazon

US Amazon

Darcy Allen and Aaron Lane oped here.

Medium post here.

Update: Thank you for this.

 

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13 Responses to Unfreeze – now available on Kindle

  1. Sorry, it’s probably great but can’t afford it. We’re heading into recession (maybe a depression) and taxes will skyrocket to pay for the shutdown.

    But I’m sure the Liberal Party will be all over this and implement your ideas enthusiastically.

    And then in a few years we can link back to your book and find 0/0ths of zero of your ideas we’re even considered let alone implemented by the Liberals.

  2. Bones

    I despair of you people ever making a difference as much as I support your rationale.

    For crying out loud, Tony Abbott could not get cabinet support to repeal 18 (c).

    And only a year or so ago, 40 odd Federal members of parliament still supported the already once failed and dreadful campaigner, Malcolm Turnbull.

    On top of all that, as much as they did a few good things, surely quarantining the ill and social distancing would have been sufficient and have avoided destroying the economy.

    Lord deliver me from experts, give me sensible people.

  3. Robber Baron

    The economy was not frozen. It was regulated to extreme levels by the government and still remains extremely regulated today.

    Undo the regulations and keep removing regulations until there are so few regulations that whole departments cease to exist.

    I will ask my local library to buy it when they open.

  4. Struth

    The economy was not frozen. It was regulated to extreme levels by the government and still remains extremely regulated today.

    Undo the regulations and keep removing regulations until there are so few regulations that whole departments cease to exist.

    Remove excessive regulation and taxation.
    Five words that academics can turn into a book’s worth of tedium.

  5. Watch Your Back

    Good luck with your book. I’ll get a copy.

    I think the focus going forward has to be the supply side, removing barriers to investment, productivity and job creation. This will invoke promoting initiative and inventiveness. But I’d say the first priority had to be repairing supply chain. So a lot of stuff will be building back what we had before.

    Of course, even before the virus the Australian economy was sluggish and in decline compared to pre 2008. This is why regulations must be removed, wage controls scrapped and taxes cut for businesses. If it is made worthwhile, people will invest.

    As for demand, this has not collapsed much at all because of government underwriting incomes. The big problem is we can’t just go out and spend like before. This will come back as the lockdown ends and if, a moot point, other government policies don’t put people off buying things like cars.

  6. Chris M

    All the best with your book Sinclair! Do you still have the open borders / globalisation thing going?

    Remove excessive regulation and taxation.

    Surely not, haha. I just walked away from a project as new govt regulations required an additional $20k fee which made it not viable, we are not at all busy but fortunately the same govt is also willing to pay sit-down money at the moment.

  7. old bloke

    You need more than unfreeze, that has to be coupled with deregulation of the energy market and scrapping pointless and expensive government projects, e.g., Snowy II and French submarines.

    There’s no point thawing something frozen if you already know it’s not the best.

  8. Nob

    The Kindle prices are OK so I’ll have a look.

    Good luck with getting Australia off its knees with a whole population now used to even more Money for Nothing.

    We have always loved Big Brother.

  9. egg_

    The irony of the post CAGW Research-Meeja-Industrial-Complex – Sydney Uni Researchers worried about their jerbs post CV-19 – Karma on stilts.

    Your CMO mates cut your throats?

  10. egg_

    There’s no point thawing something frozen if you already know it’s not the best.

    Thawing a sh1t sandwich?

  11. Pyrmonter

    Productive economic activity involves searching – the sinking of capital into the acquisition of knowledge. So also does rent-seeking. Surely (he grasps for straws …) there is some prospect that the disruption of the stable rent-seeking equilibria may off-set the losses of capital embodied in productive firms? (Trying to channel the late Mancur Olson …)

  12. custard

    Just bought it. Looking forward to reading.

  13. Sinclair Davidson

    Do you still have the open borders / globalisation thing going?

    Trade book is coming. Got bumped down the queue because the digital disruption of universities book has suddenly become more urgent.

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