Contributors – The Centre for Independent Studies

Oliver Marc Hartwich

Adjunct Fellow

Oliver is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative.  He worked at the CIS as a Research Fellow in Economics and prior to working at the CIS, Oliver was the Chief Economist at the British think tank, Policy Exchange, London. Oliver’s area of expertise is local government and federalism, urban economics, European affairs and Industry policy.

He studied Business Administration and Economics at Bochum University (Germany). After graduating with a Master’s Degree, he completed a PhD in Law at the universities of Bochum and Sydney (Australia) while working as a Researcher at the Institute of Commercial Law of Bonn University (Germany).

Oliver also has a personal website www.oliver-marc-hartwich.com Please note that the views expressed on his website are not necessarily endorsed by the CIS.


Featured Publication

  • Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia 23 April 2012 | IA132
    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s banking system looks fragile. A whole generation of…...
    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s banking system looks fragile. A whole generation of…
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Media & Commentary

  • Population pessimism is unfounded – and irresponsible 24 August 2012
    When I still lived in Australia, few things irritated me as much as the ‘Big Australia’ debate. Australia’s young, longer-living and fertile population is growing naturally – which I thought was a positive. And as one of the world’s most…
    When I still lived in Australia, few things irritated me as much as the ‘Big Australia’ debate. Australia’s young, longer-living and fertile population is growing naturally – which I thought was a positive. And as one of the world’s most…
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  • An immaterial benefit: Learning from Europe’s mistakes 27 April 2012
    In looking at Europe, Australia may well see its own future. In some ways, Australia is just 20 or 30 years behind the developments in the Old Continent. Australia’s population is also ageing, albeit starting from a younger level. Australian…
    In looking at Europe, Australia may well see its own future. In some ways, Australia is just 20 or 30 years behind the developments in the Old Continent. Australia’s population is also ageing, albeit starting from a younger level. Australian…
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  • Losing sight of the lucky country 05 April 2012 | Business Spectator
    This is going to be my last column for the Business Spectator for a while – and the last column I will be writing from Australia. After nearly four exciting years at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, I…
    This is going to be my last column for the Business Spectator for a while – and the last column I will be writing from Australia. After nearly four exciting years at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, I…
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  • Celebrate tax freedom while you can 05 April 2012
    Today is Tax Freedom Day, the day when the average Australian has theoretically paid off his taxes and starts to earn money for himself for the rest of the year. So congratulations! Government this year is only confiscating roundabout a…
    Today is Tax Freedom Day, the day when the average Australian has theoretically paid off his taxes and starts to earn money for himself for the rest of the year. So congratulations! Government this year is only confiscating roundabout a…
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  • REJOICE! TAX FREEDOM DAY IS THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2012 04 April 2012
    Every year, CIS economists look at the total tax bill at all levels of government – federal, state and local – and compare it with the total wealth Australians have created through economic activity. From this comparison, they calculate how…
    Every year, CIS economists look at the total tax bill at all levels of government – federal, state and local – and compare it with the total wealth Australians have created through economic activity. From this comparison, they calculate how…
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Publications

  • A Waste of Energy: Why The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is redundant 01 March 2012 | PM129
    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially oriented company, it competes with private investors. As a company with a public mandate, it nevertheless aims to serve a public policy goal. These dual purposes are hard to reconcile. However, its…...
    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially oriented company, it competes with private investors. As a company with a public mandate, it nevertheless aims to serve a public policy goal. These dual purposes are hard to reconcile. However, its…
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  • Price Drivers: Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable 14 December 2011 | PM125
    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions in the market, government is one of the most important price drivers in Australia and responsible for the rising cost of living. To make life more affordable, government needs to remove regulatory obstacles.…...
    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions in the market, government is one of the most important price drivers in Australia and responsible for the rising cost of living. To make life more affordable, government needs to remove regulatory obstacles.…
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  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel 30 November 2011 | PF21
    What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis and has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis. In 2009, CIS Research Fellows Robert Carling and Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich predicted sovereign debt troubles on both sides of the Atlantic at a CIS event called ‘Trans-Atlantic…...
    What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis and has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis. In 2009, CIS Research Fellows Robert Carling and Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich predicted sovereign debt troubles on both sides of the Atlantic at a CIS event called ‘Trans-Atlantic…
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  • Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government 17 October 2011
    Should local government be recognised in the Constitution? And would such recognition make a practical difference? International experience suggests that constitutional recognition alone does not determine the practical power and influence that local government authorities can exert.
    Should local government be recognised in the Constitution? And would such recognition make a practical difference? International experience suggests that constitutional recognition alone does not determine the practical power and influence that local government authorities can exert.
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  • Why a Growing Australia is Nothing to Fear 28 September 2011 | IA125
    Australia’s population is growing because our economy is booming and our society is confident about the future. Population growth is not something to strive for in and of itself, but it is not to be feared either. A growing population presents us with challenges and opportunities. Population growth, and the…...
    Australia’s population is growing because our economy is booming and our society is confident about the future. Population growth is not something to strive for in and of itself, but it is not to be feared either. A growing population presents us with challenges and opportunities. Population growth, and the…
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  • Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe) 01 September 2011 | PM121
    Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Almost a quarter of the population was born abroad; almost half have at least one parent born overseas. It is remarkable that this high degree of diversity has not led to social segregation. On the contrary, Australia’s migrants are…...
    Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. Almost a quarter of the population was born abroad; almost half have at least one parent born overseas. It is remarkable that this high degree of diversity has not led to social segregation. On the contrary, Australia’s migrants are…
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  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel 30 August 2011 | 1
    The GFC is back. What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis, which has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis. Two years ago, CIS Research Fellows Robert Carling and Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich predicted sovereign debt troubles on both sides of the Atlantic at…...
    The GFC is back. What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis, which has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign debt crisis. Two years ago, CIS Research Fellows Robert Carling and Dr Oliver Marc Hartwich predicted sovereign debt troubles on both sides of the Atlantic at…
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  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils 14 July 2011 | PM120
    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over the country. The results are alarming. The level of frustration with inadequate finance for required infrastructure upgrades is high, and population growth is the reason behind rate hikes. Local government finance reform…...
    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over the country. The results are alarming. The level of frustration with inadequate finance for required infrastructure upgrades is high, and population growth is the reason behind rate hikes. Local government finance reform…
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  • The Multi-layered Hayek 22 December 2010 | OP122
    Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics to philosophy, from law to psychology. In 1974, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics, and his ideas had great influence on politicians like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. At an…...
    Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics to philosophy, from law to psychology. In 1974, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics, and his ideas had great influence on politicians like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. At an…
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  • Europe’s Painful Farewell: An Essay on the Decline of the Old World 16 December 2010 | IA123
    Europe is a continent in crisis. The financial problems of many European economies became visible to the rest of world when Greece only narrowly escaped bankruptcy in May 2010. Ever since, more unpleasant data about the state of public finances in Europe have emerged, putting pressure on Europe’s common currency,…...
    Europe is a continent in crisis. The financial problems of many European economies became visible to the rest of world when Greece only narrowly escaped bankruptcy in May 2010. Ever since, more unpleasant data about the state of public finances in Europe have emerged, putting pressure on Europe’s common currency,…
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  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future 07 October 2010 | PM112
    Although population growth has been one of the most hotly debated topics in recent months, public discussions have been driven by populism, not by evidence-based analysis. In the recent federal election, both Labor and the Coalition seemed to suggest that they could—and would—limit population growth, particularly by restricting migration. The…...
    Although population growth has been one of the most hotly debated topics in recent months, public discussions have been driven by populism, not by evidence-based analysis. In the recent federal election, both Labor and the Coalition seemed to suggest that they could—and would—limit population growth, particularly by restricting migration. The…
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  • After the Wall – Reflections on the Legacy of 1989 08 September 2010 | OP116
    The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 brought the Cold War to an end. It also ended a decades-long division of Europe. At an event hosted by The Centre for Independent Studies, four academics shared their recollections of the historic events and analysed their long term impacts. They…...
    The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 brought the Cold War to an end. It also ended a decades-long division of Europe. At an event hosted by The Centre for Independent Studies, four academics shared their recollections of the historic events and analysed their long term impacts. They…
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  • Towards a Red Tape Trading Scheme: Treating Excessive Bureaucracy as Just Another Kind of Pollution 19 May 2010 | IA121
    For many years now, trading schemes have been used as mechanisms to reduce environmental pollution. The principal idea behind such schemes is that they allow emissions to be cut where it is least costly. A similar idea could be applied in the area of better regulation. Although in some areas…...
    For many years now, trading schemes have been used as mechanisms to reduce environmental pollution. The principal idea behind such schemes is that they allow emissions to be cut where it is least costly. A similar idea could be applied in the area of better regulation. Although in some areas…
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  • On the Right Track: Why NSW Needs Business Class Rail 29 October 2009 | IA119
    Every day, thousands of people travel between Sydney and the neighbouring urban centres of Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and Newcastle. Increasingly over the last decade, these people are making the journey by private car instead of public rail. The single-class trains that have been reliably servicing NSW for the last…...
    Every day, thousands of people travel between Sydney and the neighbouring urban centres of Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, and Newcastle. Increasingly over the last decade, these people are making the journey by private car instead of public rail. The single-class trains that have been reliably servicing NSW for the last…
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  • Neoliberalism:The Genesis of a Political Swearword 19 May 2009 | OP114
    Neoliberalism is one of the most commonly used words in political debates. Despite this, the origins of neoliberalism are hardly known. Nor does there appear to be a generally accepted definition of the term. Some commentators have linked it to ‘extreme capitalism’; others have called neoliberalism ‘greed dressed up as…...
    Neoliberalism is one of the most commonly used words in political debates. Despite this, the origins of neoliberalism are hardly known. Nor does there appear to be a generally accepted definition of the term. Some commentators have linked it to ‘extreme capitalism’; others have called neoliberalism ‘greed dressed up as…
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  • With No Particular Place To Go: The Federal Government's Ill-conceived Support for the Australian Car Industry 17 March 2009 | IA108
    The government’s ‘New Car Plan for a Greener Future,’ launched in November 2008 allocated $6.2 billion to the Australian car industry until 2020. Meant to support a key national industry, help protect the environment, and secure jobs, it fails on all these objectives: The car industry is one of the…...
    The government’s ‘New Car Plan for a Greener Future,’ launched in November 2008 allocated $6.2 billion to the Australian car industry until 2020. Meant to support a key national industry, help protect the environment, and secure jobs, it fails on all these objectives: The car industry is one of the…
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  • Beyond Symbolism: Finding a Place for Local Government in Australia's Constitution 22 January 2009 | IA104
    Local governments could provide better services, like schools and fast development approvals if they received a higher proportion of tax revenue and a formal definition in the Constitution. There is a need for a strong and proactive local government that has more control over its purse strings and is more…...
    Local governments could provide better services, like schools and fast development approvals if they received a higher proportion of tax revenue and a formal definition in the Constitution. There is a need for a strong and proactive local government that has more control over its purse strings and is more…
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