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Author's Name: Robert Breunig
Date: Wed 06 May 2020

Robert Breunig

Professor Robert Breunig

Robert Breunig is the director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy. From 2015 to 2016 he was the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Professor Breunig is one of Australia’s leading Public Policy Economists. He has published in over 50 international academic journals in economics and public policy. Professor Breunig has made significant policy impact through a number of his research projects: the relationship between child care and women’s labour supply; the effect of immigration to Australia on the labour market prospects of Australians; the effect of switching to cash from food stamps in the U.S. food stamp program and the inter-generational transmition of disadvantage.

Professor Breunig’s research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates. His work is characterized by careful empirical study and appropriate use of statistical technique.

Professor Breunig’s research agenda has led to many partnerships with government organizations in Australia and overseas. He works regularly with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Employment, the Department of Industry, the Department of Communication and the Arts, the Productivity Commission, the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as many other agencies. He has been a consultant to the private sector on marketing, mergers, bank competition and customer loyalty programs.

Subject Area Expertise

Robert Breunig particularly enjoys interaction outside of typical academic circles and takes pleasure in helping those who don’t usually use economics or statistical analysis to better understand and make use of these tools in their work. He has an extensive track record of helping the Australian public service to build research capacity which he views as a particularly important activity.

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Company website: https://crawford.anu.edu.au/people/academic/robert-breunig


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Responses (2)


Wage freeze for economic recovery

Poll 39

"A freeze in the minimum wage will support Australia's economic recovery"

Photo credit: Wes Mountain/The ConversationCC BY-ND 

 

Strongly agree

10

There is very little downside to doing this and large potential upside. Prices are stable or deflationary so there is no erosion in real wages by a wage freeze, and if it leads to even some small employment increase, that is unambiguously good.


Social Distancing Measures, May 2020

Poll 38

"The benefits to Australian society of maintaining social distancing measures sufficient to keep R<1 for COVID-19 are likely to exceed the costs"

 

Disagree

8

Low rates of COVID-19 and very low rates of transmission in the population co-exist with government continuing to enforce very strict rules that damage the economy. Few lives will be saved relative to the huge costs to the economy.


Wage freeze for economic recovery

Poll 39

"A freeze in the minimum wage will support Australia's economic recovery"

Photo credit: Wes Mountain/The ConversationCC BY-ND 

 

Strongly agree

10

There is very little downside to doing this and large potential upside. Prices are stable or deflationary so there is no erosion in real wages by a wage freeze, and if it leads to even some small employment increase, that is unambiguously good.


Social Distancing Measures, May 2020

Poll 38

"The benefits to Australian society of maintaining social distancing measures sufficient to keep R<1 for COVID-19 are likely to exceed the costs"

 

Disagree

8

Low rates of COVID-19 and very low rates of transmission in the population co-exist with government continuing to enforce very strict rules that damage the economy. Few lives will be saved relative to the huge costs to the economy.