John Humphreys

Research Associate

John Humphreys

Dr John Humphreys is an economist who has worked in academia, government, consulting, and think tanks. He is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Independent Studies and a sessional lecturer at the University of Queensland. He has also worked for the Australian Treasury, and the Centre for International Economics (including consulting jobs for the World Bank and ASEAN).


Featured Publication

  • Budget 2019: Why the long-term tax cuts should be fast-tracked 04 April 2019 | PP19
    The centrepiece of the 2019/20 budget was a proposed doubling of the income tax cuts that were legislated last year. Both the short-run LMITO change and the long-run tax cuts will reduce tax, but the two approaches are fundamentally different.…...
    The centrepiece of the 2019/20 budget was a proposed doubling of the income tax cuts that were legislated last year. Both the short-run LMITO change and the long-run tax cuts will reduce tax, but the two approaches are fundamentally different.…
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Media & Commentary

  • Bring tax cuts forward 12 April 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Dynamic modelling of the new tax changes proposed in the 2019/20 budget shows the government should bring forward their long-term tax cuts. Our modelling, published in the paper Budget 2019: Why the long-term tax cuts should be fast-tracked, shows the…
    Dynamic modelling of the new tax changes proposed in the 2019/20 budget shows the government should bring forward their long-term tax cuts. Our modelling, published in the paper Budget 2019: Why the long-term tax cuts should be fast-tracked, shows the…
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  • How to fix the fake tax debate 11 April 2019 | Financial Review
    Since the success of the 1980s and 1990s microeconomic reforms, subsequent governments have attempted to drape their new policy ideas in the language of “reform”. They do this because the earlier reforms promoted productivity, causing higher economic output and rising…
    Since the success of the 1980s and 1990s microeconomic reforms, subsequent governments have attempted to drape their new policy ideas in the language of “reform”. They do this because the earlier reforms promoted productivity, causing higher economic output and rising…
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  • Scrap the short-term tax cuts, bring forward the long-term ones 04 April 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Surplus of $7.1 billion is mostly due to higher tax The government has announced a small budget surplus of $7.1 billion for the coming year (2019/20) and slightly higher surpluses into the future. While balancing the budget is good news,…
    Surplus of $7.1 billion is mostly due to higher tax The government has announced a small budget surplus of $7.1 billion for the coming year (2019/20) and slightly higher surpluses into the future. While balancing the budget is good news,…
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  • Activists should stop talking about global warming and start acting 23 December 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    If climate activists had spent the past 10 years acting instead of wasting time at talkfests such as the one at Copenhagen, we would already have a price signal on greenhouse gas emissions. It is an indication of the sorry…
    If climate activists had spent the past 10 years acting instead of wasting time at talkfests such as the one at Copenhagen, we would already have a price signal on greenhouse gas emissions. It is an indication of the sorry…
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  • The ghosts of global warming 30 October 2009
    In just over a month, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to work out a plan of action to tackle climate change. But something spooky is happening in America that may get in the way of an agreement. According to…
    In just over a month, world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to work out a plan of action to tackle climate change. But something spooky is happening in America that may get in the way of an agreement. According to…
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Publications

  • Taxploitation II: Tax Reform for Incentive,Productivity and Economic Growth 13 July 2011 | R12
    This volume brings together papers on different aspects of tax reform published by the CIS over the past five years. In part, these papers review developments in tax reform since the publication of a similar volume – Taxploitation – by the CIS in 2006. The general finding is that against…...
    This volume brings together papers on different aspects of tax reform published by the CIS over the past five years. In part, these papers review developments in tax reform since the publication of a similar volume – Taxploitation – by the CIS in 2006. The general finding is that against…
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  • Ending the Churn: A Tax/Welfare Swap 07 October 2009 | PM100
    The Australian welfare system—including health, education and handouts—costs more than $250 billion per year. Some of this is redistribution from the relatively rich to the relatively poor. However, about half of the welfare is pointless ‘churn,’ where the same person both pays taxes and receives welfare benefits. Some of this…...
    The Australian welfare system—including health, education and handouts—costs more than $250 billion per year. Some of this is redistribution from the relatively rich to the relatively poor. However, about half of the welfare is pointless ‘churn,’ where the same person both pays taxes and receives welfare benefits. Some of this…
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  • In Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds 18 February 2009 | IA107
    In 2008 Australians donated about $13 billion to welfare, health, education, foreign aid, and other philanthropic sectors. Unfortunately, the government is suggesting new regulations that will limit the flexibility of charitable funds and decrease the quality and quantity of philanthropy. This would be bad policy at any time, but given…...
    In 2008 Australians donated about $13 billion to welfare, health, education, foreign aid, and other philanthropic sectors. Unfortunately, the government is suggesting new regulations that will limit the flexibility of charitable funds and decrease the quality and quantity of philanthropy. This would be bad policy at any time, but given…
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  • Exploring a Carbon Tax for Australia 06 November 2007 | PM80
    It is not a foregone conclusion that we need a carbon trading scheme or a carbon tax. Humphreys provides much food for thought on the nature of the optimal policy response and how it can fit in with broader tax reform.            ...
    It is not a foregone conclusion that we need a carbon trading scheme or a carbon tax. Humphreys provides much food for thought on the nature of the optimal policy response and how it can fit in with broader tax reform.            
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  • Reform 30/30: Rebuilding Australia’s Tax and Welfare Systems 25 November 2005 | PM70
    While the announcement of tax simplification by the Government is a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough. A new paper offers a blueprint for where tax and welfare reform should be heading. In this paper titled Reform30/30: Rebuilding Australia’s Tax and Welfare Systems, John Humphreys…...
    While the announcement of tax simplification by the Government is a step in the right direction, it does not go far enough. A new paper offers a blueprint for where tax and welfare reform should be heading. In this paper titled Reform30/30: Rebuilding Australia’s Tax and Welfare Systems, John Humphreys…
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