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NEP Polls and Articles

 

Australian Federal Budget 2017 - Outsourcing Economic Forecasting

 "Given the Commonwealth Treasury’s ongoing difficulty in making accurate forecasts of some of the key economic variables underpinning the Budget – in particular nominal GDP growth – the Government should ‘outsource’ the economic forecasts used in framing the Budget to an independent agency (such as the Parliamentary Budget Office), as now happens in the United Kingdom.”  

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Energy Shortages - Reserving Australian Gas

This month, we asked our panellists to comment on the following: "In response to energy shortages around Australia, government policies requiring gas producers to reserve some production for domestic consumption are a good way to ensure that Australian consumers have access to sufficient gas supplies while still allowing for gas exports."

 

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Capital Gain Tax and House Prices

Our Panel were recently asked for their opinions on the following proposition: "Capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed because they over-stimulate the housing market, contributing to rising house prices."

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Immigration

This month the Panellists were asked 'The total benefit of current levels of migration to Australia will outweigh the total costs to Australia's economy.'

 

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Behavioural Economics

Question Part 1: 'Behavioural economics provides new and useful insights into individual behaviour.'

Question Part 2: 'It is unethical for governments to use behavioural economics to "nudge" citizens.'

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RBA Economic Growth Targets

Panellists were asked: The Reserve Bank of Australia should be tasked with targeting nominal economic growth rather than inflation.

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The Brexit: Impact on Citizens

Our latest National Economic Panel Poll asked members to comment on the impact Brexit will have on UK Citizens.

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Spend on education or business tax cuts?


In the lead up to the 2016 Australian federal election we asked the Economic Society of Australia's National Economic Panel (NEP) for their opinion on this proposition:

'Australia will receive a bigger economic growth dividend in the long-run by spending on education than offering an equivalent amount of money on a tax cut to business.'

 

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Government investments in major sporting events.

For the fifth poll of the ESA National Economic Panel (NEP), the panel was polled on this proposition: "Government investments in major sporting events usually generate net benefits for the city or region where the investment is made."

 

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Scroogenomics by Jessica Irvine, The Age

Economists have a warning for those planning to exchange gifts this festive season, writes Jessica Irvine.

 

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