Former Research Fellow, Economics Program
Matt is a Research Fellow in the Economics Program at CIS conducting research on income support policy with a specific focus on Paid Parental Leave, the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension.
He has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Monash University with specialisations in economics and econometrics and has expertise in the development of micro-simulation models to assess the fiscal and distributional impacts of alternative tax and income support policies.
He co-authored his most recent report The Age Old Problem of Old Age with Simon Cowan. Prior to that Matt wrote a paper called Fairer Paid Parental Leave which proposed a HECS-style income contingent loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave that would provide payments at parent’s replacement wages without increasing government expenditure on PPL by the $3 billion proposed by the government.
Matt’s opinion on public policy has been published in The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Drum, Business Spectator and Spectator Australia among other publications. He has also appeared on the SBS panel show Insight.
He is currently undertaking research with Simon Cowan on reforming the age pension means test to ensure pension payments go to those who need them most.
Prior to joining CIS Matt worked for a number of Universities and Government agencies including the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and the Australian Institute of Family Studies.