Labour Market

economic-policy-finance

Labour markets tend to be among the most regulated markets in the economy. While these regulations were meant to protect workers, they are often counterproductive by putting obstacles in the way to job creation. Finding the right balance between these two goals remains a difficult task.

Publications

  1. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  2. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  3. Not Looking for Work: The Rise of Non-Jobseekers on Unemployment Benefits

    Andrew Baker | 31 Jul 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Following the global financial crisis, the incumbent Labor government introduced policies that reduced the job search requirements... Read More...

  4. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  5. Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished

    Alexander Philipatos | 23 May 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Awards are uniquely Australian, and practically as old as the country itself. But in Australia’s modern, competitive economy,... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Unemployment crackdown: one size doesn't fit all

    Simon Cowan | 01 Aug 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Forrest's solution of extending income management to all unemployed people ignores the fact that people are unemployed for ... Read More

  2. Our youth need a fair go at a job

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 28 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    The estimated 27 per cent of young people not working face a terrible risk of long-term joblessness and poverty.... Read More

  3. Why Abbott's PPL scheme is a policy for dummies

    Matthew Taylor | 16 Jun 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave scheme does not provide any additional labour force participation incentives for parents ... Read More

  4. Penalty rates cut will give youth a chance to find jobs

    Alexander Philipatos | 21 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision that will boost the job prospects of casual workers, reducing Sunday ... Read More

  5. The cost of PM's gold-plated parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 19 May 2014 | The Canberra Times

    Some of the gold has been chipped off the PM's gold-plated paid parental leave scheme, yet it is still not clear what the ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Unemployment - one size fits some

    Simon Cowan | 01 Aug 2014

    The biggest drawback to recent welfare reform plans on unemployment is in wrongly treating the unemployed as a homogenous ...

  2. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

  3. Youth woes are structural

    Alexander Philipatos | 11 Jul 2014

    The mining boom helped to mask some of the underlying problems affecting young workers, problems that predate the GFC....

  4. Apply Adam Smith to dentistry to keep cavities away

    Alexander Philipatos | 27 Jun 2014

    More trained dentists immigrating to Australia can only be a positive outcome for consumers of dentistry. ...

  5. Cutting penalty rates: who benefits?

    Alexander Philipatos | 13 Jun 2014

    Whether to reduce or abolish penalty rates is often pitted as employer v employee, which ignores other important groups, ...

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