Matt Grudnoff

About Author
Matt Grudnoff is a Senior Economist at The Australia Institute and has previously worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.




Understanding the true cost of retirement

Widely used industry standards fail to show how retirement costs affect different groups.

Living in retirement

Cost-of-living statistics are valuable; the ‘noise’ is not

Senior economist Matt Grudnoff offers a cautionary tale about statistics.


Is deflation good news for your living costs?

A pandemic, a recession and deflation … what does it all mean for retirees?


Affluents cruise, Cash-Strapped bear brunt of increases

Fires and drought have biggest impact on March quarter costs.


Biggest trap for retirees? Our entire retirement income system

Australia must confront fundamental problems with its retirement income system.

How much is enough?

Tracking tribes’ cost-of-living increases

Cash-Strapped Couples and Singles and Constrained Singles bear the brunt of cost-of-living increases

Finance News

Drought causes jump in food costs

Price rises in the September quarter were smaller than in the June quarter with all tribes experiencing

Retirement Income

The living costs that could hurt your retirement

Australia Institute senior economist Matt Grudnoff dusts off the crystal ball to help you budget

Age Pension

Here’s why older Australians need not be living in poverty

Government funds are going to the wrong people, writes economist Matt Grudnoff.


The key culprit in price rises

The June quarter saw inflation pick up after a flat March quarter.


How to use the RAI to properly plan your retirement budget

Ken is using the Retirement Affordability Index to plan his return to Australia.


Inflation is low, yet living costs are rising. Here’s why

How can living costs be such an issue when the official measure of inflation is so low?

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