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All Economic Policy Publications

  • 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....

  • States of Debt

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    While the budget deficits and rising debt of the Australian federal government have received much attention, this report...

  • Conversation with Daniel Hannan

    Nick Cater | 14 Feb 2014 | Transcripts

    Daniel Hannan is one of the leading intellectual forces in British politics.In his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the...

  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent...

  • Strengthening Australia’s Fiscal Institutions

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The deterioration in the federal government’s fiscal position reflects a failure to adhere to a rules-based framework for...

  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • The Task Ahead: The Hon Joe Hockey MP

    Joe Hockey | 08 Nov 2013 | Speeches

    Joe Hockey, in his first domestic keynote address as Treasurer, talks about the economic challanges facing the Coalition...

  • Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government!

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government! explores the link between tax reform and smaller government as envisaged by CIS’s...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government!

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government! explores the link between tax reform and smaller government as envisaged by CIS’s...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Time to Dump Australia’s Anti-Dumping System

    Stephen Kirchner | 05 Jun 2013 | Issue Analysis

    This report argues that Australia should scrap its anti-dumping and countervailing system. The report examines the meaning...

  • 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,...

  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future … You Can Get It Back

    Tom Palmer | 08 Apr 2013 | Occasional Papers

    History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states,...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths

    Charles Murray | 07 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 2012 Annual John Bonython Lecture, eminent political scientist Charles Murray describes the larger historical forces...

  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

    Andrew Baker | 25 Jan 2013 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

  • Back to the Bad Old Days? Industrial Relations Reform in Australia

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Has the Fair Work Act thrown industrial relations back to ‘the bad old days?’ This report analyses the changes in industrial...

  • Book Launch: 'The Modest Member: The Life and Times of Bert Kelly'

    Malcolm Turnbull | 04 Dec 2012 | Speeches

    While Liberals, and certainly liberals, should be proud of Bert Kelly’s legacy, it must not be forgotten that his greatest...

  • Compulsory Super at 20: ‘Libertarian Paternalism’ Without the Libertarianism

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Nov 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Examines the economic case for compulsory superannuation contributions and questions whether compulsory super is the most...

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | Policy Monographs

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there...

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    Simon Cowan | 24 Oct 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as...

  • Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock

    Robert Carling | 28 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    Government is facing the arduous task of securing sustainable expenditure, revenue and debt beyond the current four-year...

  • Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately...

  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 11 Jul 2012 | Policy Monographs

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public...

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy....

  • Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis

    Ian Harper, Robert Carling | 12 Jun 2012 | Policy Forum

    Inadequate regulation of finance has taken much of the blame for the global financial crisis, leading governments around...

  • The Condensed Wealth of Nations and The Incredibly Condensed Theory of Moral Sentiments

    Eamonn Butler | 12 Jun 2012 | Occasional Papers

    In The Condensed Wealth of Nations, Eamonn Butler condenses Adam Smith’s work and explains the key concepts in The Wealth...

  • Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 23 Apr 2012 | Issue Analysis

    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal,...

  • Overcoming a Culture of Low Expectations

    Jessica Brown | 28 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The most important thing we can do to encourage disadvantaged Australians into work – including people with disabilities,...

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

    Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | Policy Forum

    Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In...

  • The Henry Tax Review: A Liberal Critique

    Adam Creighton | 14 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The public release of Australia’s Future Tax System—known as the Henry review—in May 2010 sparked an ongoing debate...

  • A Waste of Energy: Why The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is redundant

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially...

  • Future Funds or Future Eaters? The Case Against a Sovereign Wealth Fund for Australia

    Robert Carling, Stephen Kirchner | 20 Feb 2012 | Policy Monographs

    This paper considers the arguments for and against greater use of a sovereign wealth fund in Australia. It argues that the...

  • FEATURE: Economic Sclerosis in Europe’s Social Democracies

    Ben Vosloo | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Rare political courage is needed to solve pathological problems afflicting European economies.

  • FEATURE: More Tracks, Slower Trains

    John Nestor | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    The Victorian Regional Rail Link project is hobbled by inefficient planning and wasteful spending.

  • Price Drivers: Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable

    Oliver Marc Hartwich, Rebecca Gill | 14 Dec 2011 | Policy Monographs

    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions...

  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich, Robert Carling | 30 Nov 2011 | Policy Forum

    What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis and has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign...

  • The Decade-long Binge: How Government Squandered Ten Years of Economic Prosperity

    Luke Malpass | 17 Nov 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand has increased enormously over the past decade in order to meet social goals. From 2000-2010...

  • Free-Trade Ferries: A Case for Competition

    Alexander Philipatos | 27 Oct 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable...

  • Working Towards Self-Reliance: Three Lessons for Disability Pension Reform

    Jessica Brown | 05 Oct 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To successful reduce the number of pensioners on disability support, policymakers must apply the lessons of other welfare...

  • Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards

    Stephen Kirchner | 19 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists....

  • When Prophecy Fails

    Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2011 | Special Publications

      In their 2009 book, The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argued for the ‘benefits’ of income redistribution....

  • Selection, Migration and Integration: Why Multiculturalism Works in Australia (And Fails in Europe)

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Sep 2011 | Policy Monographs

    Australia’s migrants are extremely well integrated by international standards, particularly Europe. The reason why multiculturalism...

  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich, Robert Carling | 30 Aug 2011 | Speeches

    The GFC is back. What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis, which has now developed into...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Great Stagnation

    Rick Johnson | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of World Economy

    Richard Salmons | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of World Economy by Dani Rodrik (New York, 2011.)  

  • BOOK REVIEW: Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance

    Stephen Kirchner | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance by Viral A. Acharya, Matthew Richardson,...

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over...

  • Taxploitation II: Tax Reform for Incentive,Productivity and Economic Growth

    John Humphreys, Robert Carling, Sinclair Davidson, Stephen Kirchner | 13 Jul 2011 | CIS Readings

    This volume reviews tax reforms implemented since the publication of Taxploitation by the CIS in 2006 and concludes that...

  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic

    Luke Malpass | 26 May 2011 | Policy Monographs

    New Zealand’s proposed liquor legislation marks a return to old attitudes towards alcohol regulation that perversely believe,...

  • Why Does Government Grow?

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Apr 2011 | Policy Monographs

    This paper examines some of the stylised facts in relation to the growth of government in the Western world generally, and...

  • Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia

    Rebecca Gill | 31 Mar 2011 | Policy Monographs

    In the 2010 federal elections, the debate over Australia’s population surfaced once again. Groups concerned with the impacts...

  • FEATURE: The Use of Happiness in Society

    Jason Potts | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Happiness is not just a feeling, it is a signal to others about what might make them happier.

  • FEATURE: Project Wickenby: White Hats at Work, or a Witch Hunt?

    John Hyde Page | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Taxation Office’s aggressive use of its discretionary powers risks injustice for taxpayers.

  • FEATURE: How Useful is the Productivity Commission?

    Judith Sloan | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Productivity Commission doesn’t always get it right, but it has made major contributions to policymaking in Australia.

  • The Multi-layered Hayek

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics...

  • Ludwig von Mises – A Primer

    Eamonn Butler | 16 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In Ludwig von Mises – A Primer, Eamonn Butler presents a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the outstanding achievements...

  • FEATURE: Free and Fair—How Australia’s Low-Tax Egalitarianism Confounds the World

    David Alexander | 14 Dec 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia has found a politically viable way of keeping the state relatively small.

  • FEATURE: Too Much Choice?

    James Paterson | 14 Dec 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Behavioural economics does not justify depriving individuals of choice.

  • Empires on the Edge of Chaos: The Nasty Fiscal Arithmetic of Imperial Decline

    Niall Ferguson | 14 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In the 26th John Bonython lecture, Niall Ferguson, one of the world’s leading geo-economic thinkers and best-selling author...

  • Tax Reform – For Economic Growth or Bigger Government?

    Robert Carling | 14 Dec 2010 | Policy Forum

    The long-awaited report on Australia's Future Tax System (the 'Henry review') was released by the government in May 2010....

  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2010 | Submissions

    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous...

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether...

  • After the Wall – Reflections on the Legacy of 1989

    John Lee, Lee Duffield, Martin Krygier, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 08 Sep 2010 | Occasional Papers

    When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it marked the end of the Cold War and of Eastern European communism. Two decades on, The...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future—and Why They Should Give it Back

    Jeremy Bray | 01 Sep 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future—and Why They Should Give it Back By David Willetts (Atlantic...

  • July 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 13 Jul 2010 | e-PreCIS

    The taxpayer smells a rat Tax revolts have some history in Australia, the best known example being the Eureka Stockade....

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

    Eric Jones | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism by Joyce Appleby (W. W. Norton, 2010.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

    Gaurav Sodhi | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven Levitt...

  • June 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Jun 2010 | e-PreCIS

    The Rudd government’s Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) confirms what Ronald Reagan said about politicians and their view...

  • Towards a Red Tape Trading Scheme: Treating Excessive Bureaucracy as Just Another Kind of Pollution

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 19 May 2010 | Issue Analysis

    Government should measure the regulatory costs on the Australian economy and consider a ‘cap and trade’ scheme to manage...

  • Defeating Dependency: Moving Disability Support Pensioners Into Jobs

    Jessica Brown | 30 Apr 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The focus of welfare reform efforts should be on encouraging some of the 750,000 existing disability support pensioners back...

  • FEATURE: International Trade: First Principles Forgotten

    David Robertson | 26 Apr 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    The global financial crisis has distracted attention from impediments to international trade.

  • FEATURE: The Risks for High Migration

    Bob Birrell | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    If the population of Australia reaches 36 million by 2050, it will be a direct consequence of migration policy. A growing...

  • FEATURE: A Fresh Look at Labour Markets

    John Humphreys | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Minimum wage decisions should take into account all costs to the employer and all benefits to the employee.

  • FEATURE: The Great Firewall of Australia

    Chris Williams-Wynn | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite strong opposition and economic and political risks, the federal government continues to support mandatory filtering...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ayn Rand and the World She Made & Goddess of the Market

    Stephen Kirchner | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    For an author whose novels have consistently sold in the hundreds of thousands for more than half a century, Ayn Rand is...

  • BOOK REVIEW: This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    Brendan Duong | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff (Princeton University...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Lessons From the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets

    Michael Warby | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

     Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets by Richard Morgan (Connor...

  • INTERVIEW: Climate Choices

    Bjorn Lomborg | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Bjørn Lomborg is a Danish political scientist whose first book, The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001), received international...

  • FEATURE: Liberating our Cities

    Alan Anderson | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Development and zoning laws run contrary to private and public interests.

  • The Unfinished Business of Australian Income Tax Reform

    Robert Carling | 10 Mar 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Robert Carling says the reform agenda for personal income tax should be to cut marginal tax rates; implement automatic indexation...

  • Indigenous Employment, Unemployment and Labour Force Participation: Facts for Evidence Based Policies

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 10 Feb 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Professor Helen Hughes, Senior Research Fellow at the CIS and Mark Hughes highlight that Indigenous non-labour force participation...

  • Shooting the Messenger: The Ban on Short Selling

    John Green, Stephen Kirchner, Robert Bianchi | 01 Feb 2010 | Policy Forum

    In September 2008, governments around the world instituted bans on the short sale of equity securities.  In Australia, the...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Capitalism, Institutions and Economic Development

    Eric Jones | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Capitalism, Institutions and Economic Development by Michael G. Heller (Routledge, 2009).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

    Jeremy Bray | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (William Heinemann, 2009).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Informing the Happy State

    Winton Bates | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Even if subjective well-being information can lead to better public policy, this doesn't mean that governments should collect...

  • INTERVIEW: The Economics of Social Policy

    Douglas Clement | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Douglas Clements talks with Kevin Murphy about addiction, inequality, education and fertility.

  • FEATURE: The Complex Politics of Climate Change

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The public's aspirations for climate change policy are not matched by their willingness to act.

  • FEATURE: Why Would an Economic Liberal Set Minimum Wages?

    Ian Harper | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Fair Pay Commission brought consultations and research to minimum wage setting.

  • Like the Curate’s Egg: A Market-based Response and Alternative to the Bennett Report

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Nov 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive...

  • Reforming Capital Gains Tax: The Myths and Reality behind Australia’s Most Misunderstood Tax

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Nov 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The implications of the Ralph Capital Gains Tax (CGT) reforms vary widely depending on the type of taxpayer, asset class,...

  • On the Right Track: Why NSW Needs Business Class Rail

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 29 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Rail connections between Sydney and neighbouring cities need to improve substantially and business class carriages would...

  • Fiscal Shock and Awe in the United States

    Robert Carling | 21 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The relative economic standing of the United States, and therefore its place in the world, may decline as other less mature...

  • Fiscal Fallacies : The Failure of Activist Fiscal Policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 14 Oct 2009 | Policy Forum

    Editor, Stephen Kirchner ; Contributors, John B Taylor ; Tony Makin ; Robert Carling The global financial crisis that emerged...

  • Ending the Churn: A Tax/Welfare Swap

    John Humphreys | 07 Oct 2009 | Policy Monographs

    John Humphreys argues that removing middle-class welfare in exchange for income tax cuts, the government could reduce tax...

  • FEATURE: Ten Principles for Tax Reform

    Robert Carling | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's tax system needs principles that go beyond efficiency, equity and simplicity.

  • FEATURE: Justice and Markets

    Richard Mulgan | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek rejected justice arguments for and against the market. But his reasons do not logically rule out moderating market...

  • FEATURE: Is Government the Best Risk Manager?

    Henry Ergas | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Some risks are better managed by the private sector. Governments typically bear high costs in admitting failure, yet failures...

  • FEATURE: What Do Economic Liberals Believe?

    Andrew Norton | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    There is more diversity of opinion among economic liberals than terms like ‘free-market fundamentalism’.

  • INTERVIEW: Give Smith a Chance

    Paul Comrie-Thomson | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Paul Comrie-Thomson talks to P J O'Rourke about Adam Smith, Finance, Mustang Cars and much else.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Sub-Prime Solution

    Stephen Kirchner | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Sub-Prime Solution (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Ascent of Money- A Financial History of the World

    Martin Sheehan | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Ascent of Money- A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson (Penguin, 2008).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged and Worsened the Financial Crisis

    Brendan Duong | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Getting off track: how government actions and interventions caused, prolonged and worsened the Financial Crisis by John Taylor...

  • Supping with the Devil : Government Contracts and the Non-Profit Sector

    Peter Saunders | 09 Aug 2009 | Policy Forum

    Big-government corporatism is now in danger of smothering the third sector altogether. The temptation for non-profit organisations...

  • Fiscal Rules for Limited Government: Reforming Australia’s Fiscal Responsibility Legislation

    Robert Carling | 28 Jul 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The paper outlines the rationale for fiscal responsibility legislation and a rules-based approach to fiscal policy. It examines...

  • In Defence of Non-Government Schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 02 Jul 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Non-government schools are providers of public education and deserve adequate public funding. The purposes and functions...

  • BOOK REVIEW: In Defense of Monopoly: How Market Power Fosters Creative Production

    | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    In Defense of Monopoly: How Market Power Fosters Creative Production by Richard B McKenzie and Dwight R Lee (University of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Outliers: The Story of Success

    Ross Farrelly | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Outliers: The Story of Success by Macolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company, 2008).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    Malcolm Roberts | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Return of Depression Economics and The Crisis of 2008 by Paul Krugman (Penguin, 2009).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: A Christian Economist

    Paul Oslington | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Are Economists Basically Immoral and other essays on Economics, Ethics and Religion by Paul Heyne (Liberty Fund, 2008.)

  • FEATURE: Does Europe Still Matter?

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Europe's economic weakness is a problem for Australia.

  • FEATURE: Revealing Australia's Real Income Tax Rates

    John Humphreys | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Before we can consider tax reform options, it is necessary to have accurate information about the current tax system. Unfortunately,...

  • FEATURE: Choosing Between Classical Liberalism and Social Liberalism

    Fred Argy | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Social liberals support markets, but also government action to promote a firm safety net and equal opportunity, with more...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Christian Theology and Market Economics

    Robert Forsyth | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008).

  • The Folly of Criminalising Cartels

    Jason Soon | 03 Jun 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government's proposal to introduce a maximum jail term of 10 years for individuals found guilty of serious cartel...

  • OPINION: Apocalypse Now

    William Coleman | 30 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Market systems survive their inevitable crises.

  • Bubble Poppers: Monetary Policy and the Myth of ‘Bubbles’ in Asset Prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 28 Mar 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The monograph considers some of the practical problems that are likely to be encountered in implementing an activist approach...

  • With No Particular Place To Go: The Federal Government's Ill-conceived Support for the Australian Car Industry

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Mar 2009 | Issue Analysis

    With the US car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the...

  • FEATURE: Rethinking Professional Regulation

    Krystian Seibert | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Competitive professional regulation would lead to lower costs for consumers.

  • FEATURE: Blaming Greenspan: Monetary Policy, the Housing 'Bubble' and the Credit Crisis

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Monetary policy alone cannot explain the US housing or financial crisis. In the context of globally integrated capital markets,...

  • FEATURE: How Not to Solve a Crisis

    Bill Stacey, Julian Morris | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Mistakes by policymakers and regulators accelerated the financial crisis, argue Bill Stacey and Julian Morris.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Gridlock Economy

    Nikki Macor | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation and Costs Lives by Michael Heller (Basic Books,...

  • In Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds

    John Humphreys | 18 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth government is looking to change the rules governing charitable funds which may harm philanthropic giving...

  • Are We All Keynesians Again?

    Robert Carling | 12 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The revival of activist fiscal policy ought to be highly controversial because the 1970s and 1980s saw a new consensus emerge...

  • Radical Surgery: The Only Cure for New South Wales Hospitals

    Wolfgang Kasper | 27 Jan 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Wolfgang Kasper argues that the hospital malaise can only be remedied by removing the central, bureaucratic control of hospitals...

  • Beyond Symbolism: Finding a Place for Local Government in Australia's Constitution

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Jan 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Local governments could provide better services, like schools and fast development approvals if they received a higher proportion...

  • A Streak of Hypocrisy: Reactions to the Global Financial Crisis and Generational Debt

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut says that ‘household savings have collapsed due to an unnecessary dependence on welfare handouts. A new...

  • FEATURE: Commodity Prices and the Australian Economy: Trends Versus Cycles

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Real commodity prices will declines over the long run.

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 10 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The regulatory environment that governs community pharmacy has created one of Australia’s most protected industries. It...

  • Million Dollar Babies: Paid Parental Leave and Family Policy Reform

    Jessica Brown | 18 Nov 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Support for the introduction of paid parental leave has been so vocal that rather than being a means to an end, paid parental...

  • Capital Xenophobia II: Foreign Direct Investment in Australia, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and the Rise of State Capitalism

    Stephen Kirchner | 01 Nov 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Stephen Kirchner offers a timely analysis of Australia’s foreign investment regime and gives his ideas on how to improve...

  • The Faulty Arguments Behind Australia’s Corporate Tax

    Sinclair Davidson | 01 Oct 2008 | Policy Monographs

    This paper investigates Australian corporate tax and highlights a number of issues that deserve greater public awareness.

  • Baby Steps Toward Self-Funded Parental Leave

    Jessica Brown | 18 Sep 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The debate about increasing the aged pension highlights the fact that, once again, government handouts lead to increasing...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Happiness: A Revolution in Economics

    Winton Bates | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Happiness: A Revolution in Economics by Bruno S. Frey (The MIT Press, 2008).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Sex, Science and Profits: How People Evolved to Make Money

    Thomas Barlow | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Sex, Science and Profits: How People Evolved to Make Money by Terence Kealey (William Heinemann, 2008).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics

    Jeremy Bray | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics edited by David R. Henderson (Liberty Fund, 2008).

  • FEATURE: Once More Around the Block

    Malcolm Roberts | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    History demonstrates that propping up the local car industry is a trimph of hope over experience.

  • FEATURE: Preferential Trade Agreements: Is there a next step?

    David Robertson | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Preferential trade agreements can divert trade to less efficient producers.

  • OPINION: The Myth of OPEC

    Guarav Sodhi | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    OPEC has little to do with high oil prices. OPEC is a largely powerless organisation that sustains its own existence with...

  • Government Intervention in Mortgage Finance: The Case Against 'AussieMac'

    Stephen Kirchner | 08 Sep 2008 | Issue Analysis

    An Australian GSE and the mortgage securitisation industry would likely expand only at the expense of other financial intermediaries,...

  • The Bipolar Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Guest-worker schemes, which have been proposed as a development solution for the Pacific, no doubt benefit the individuals...

  • Declaring Dependence, Declaring Independence: Three Essays on the Future of the Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 01 Aug 2008 | Occasional Papers

    In a time when governments are running up enormous welfare bills and intrusively regulating everyday life, this series of...

  • Anglo Primacy and the End of History: The Deep Roots of Power

    Lawrence Mead | 01 Aug 2008 | Occasional Papers

    The 24th Annual John Bonython Lecture Whether the United States should lead the world is much debated, but American primacy...

  • Child Care and the Labour Supply

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jul 2008 | Issue Analysis

    This report investigates whether child care is unaffordable and if government funding is contributing to its affordability...

  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry 2008

    Kayoko Tsumori, Peter Saunders | 11 Jul 2008 | Submissions

    We currently employ a bigger proportion of the working-age population (70%) than ever before. Nevertheless, to increase participation...

  • A Whiff of Compassion? The Attack on Mutual Obligation

    Peter Saunders | 10 Jun 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The Rudd government is planning to water down the existing work requirements and mutual obligation policies that have helped...

  • FEATURE: One Good Big Idea For Water Reform

    Scott Hargreaves | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Third-party access to pipes would open the way to more innovation and competition in water supply and disposal.

  • FEATURE: The Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Lessons For Regulators

    Penny Neal | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Hedge funds need regulating like banks to avoid financial instability.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Culture of Prosperity

    Wolfgang Kasper | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Gregory Clark's book shows how important attitudes are to economic growth.

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics: Part 1: Preventive Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 May 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the...

  • FEATURE: The Politics of Protection: America and Australia compared

    James Paterson | 24 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite similar public scepticism about free trade in the US and Australia, protectionism is on the rise in Washington but...

  • State Tax Reform: Progress and Prospects

    Robert Carling | 10 Mar 2008 | Policy Monographs

    This paper analyses the state taxation issues in further detail. After reviewing various reform options, it outlines the...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Full Disclosure: The Promise and Perils of Transparency

    Nicholas Gruen | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Full Disclosure: The Promise and Perils of Transparency by Archon Fung, Mary Graham and David Weil (Cambridge University...

  • FEATURE: A 'New Era' for the Reserve Bank?

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's central bankers should face greater scrutiny and accountability.

  • FEATURE: Deal or No Deal

    Clarissa Keil | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    While multilateral trade liberalisation is stalled, Clarissa Keil argues that Australia may need to stay in the race for...

  • FEATURE: Six Social Policy Myths

    Andrew Norton, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Saunders, Phil Rennie | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Policy experts often think alike, even when the evidence contradicts them. This is how billions of dollars get spent on government...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Control Without Command

    Gary Sturgess | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Julian Le Grand makes a social democratic case for choice and competition in The Other Invisiible Hand: Delivering Public...

  • What are Low Ability Workers To Do When Unskilled Jobs Disappear? Part 2

    Peter Saunders | 14 Feb 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Despite low unemployment, working-age welfare dependency remains high, partly because demand for unskilled labour is in decline....

  • Fiscal Illusion: How Big Government Makes Tax Look Small

    Sinclair Davidson | 21 Jan 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Sinclair Davidson in this paper canvasses an issue that cuts across all taxes and all levels of government: fiscal illusion...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Pop! Why Bubbles are Great for the Economy

    Jason Potts | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Pop! Why Bubbles Are Great For The Economy by Daniel Cross (HarperCollins, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900

    Chris Berg | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Shock of The Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900 by David Edgerton (Oxford University Press, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why it Matters

    Andrew Kemp | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters by Diane Coyle (Princeton University Press, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Saving For Not-So-Rainy Days

    Richard Tooth | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Market pricing, not water restrictions, is the best way of dealing with shortages.

  • FEATURE: The End of Industrial Relations Reform

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    WorkChoices polling revealed the political dangers of industrial relations reform.

  • FEATURE: The Pop Economics of Everyday Life

    Hugh Morley | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Applying economic thinking to everyday life can look alot like (un)common sense.

  • What are Low Ability Workers To Do When Unskilled Jobs Disappear? Part 1

    Peter Saunders | 06 Dec 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Nearly two million working-age people are on welfare benefits. The fall in the unemployment figures has disguised a displacement...

  • Milton Friedman: A Tribute

    Maurice Newman | 04 Dec 2007 | Occasional Papers

    Nobel-Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman died in late 2006. In March 2007, the CIS hosted a tribute to Friedman and...

  • Exploring a Carbon Tax for Australia

    John Humphreys | 06 Nov 2007 | Policy Monographs

    It is not a foregone conclusion that we need a carbon trading scheme or a carbon tax. Humphreys provides much food for thought...

  • The Coming Crisis of Medicare: What the Intergenerational Reports should say, but doesn’t, about health and ageing

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Oct 2007 | Policy Monographs

    The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen...

  • Child Care: Who Benefits?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Child care has gone from something that families would use sparingly and only if necessary to being an alleged human right....

  • Tax Competition: Much To Do About Very Little

    Sinclair Davidson | 15 Oct 2007 | Policy Monographs

    Sinclair Davidson challenges the notion of ‘harmful’ international tax competition. He argues that in the sphere of taxation,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Arndt's story: The life of an Australian economist

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Arndt's Story: The Life of An Australian Economist by Peter Coleman, Selwyn Cornish and Peter Drake with Bettina Arndt.

  • FEATURE: Cargo-Cult Railway Proposals

    John Nestor | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Mega-railway project defy economics, logic and reason.

  • FEATURE: The Service Economy- Success in a Market Democracy

    Craig Emerson | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Many of the service economy's problems come from the government.

  • FEATURE: Who is The Fairest Of Them All? (With Apologies To Snow White's Mother)

    Des Moore | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    In industrial relations, Liberal and Labor offer a choice between levels of over-regulation.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Globalisation, Progress and Politics: Back to the future

    John Goodman | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Democracy Sham: How Globalisation Devalues Your Vote by Byran Gould (Craig Potton Publishing, 2006).

  • FEATURE: Fiscal Policy and Interest Rates in Australia

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Tax cuts are unlikely to increase interest rates.

  • Tax Earmarking Is It Good Practice?

    Robert Carling | 16 Jul 2007 | Policy Monographs

    This Monograph critically analyses the use of earmarked (or ‘hypothecated’) taxes in Australia.

  • The Organisation of Residential Aged Care for an Ageing Population

    Warren Hogan | 02 Jul 2007 | Policy Monographs

    At the heart of this new paper is the re-assertion of the need for a system of accommodation bonds. Hogan reiterates that...

  • Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | Special Publications

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Work Choices: What the High Court Said

    Mark Costello | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Work Choices: What The High Court Said by Andrew Stewart and George Williams (Federation Press, Sydney, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Milton Friedman on the Wallaby Track

    William Coleman | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Milton Friedman and monetarism both visited Australia in the 1970s.

  • FEATURE: Not So Big Government

    Peter Costello | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    In responding to POLICY articles by Andrew Norton and Des Moore, the then-Treasurer Peter Costello argued that governmnet...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: 'Quiet Boom' and 'The Search For Stability'

    Stephen Kirchner | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Two views on the economic expansion.Quiet Boom: How the Long Economic Upswing is Changing Australia and its Place in the...

  • FEATURE: Ownership Matters

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Privatisation contributes more to productivity and efficiency than even some economic liberals think.

  • FEATURE: The Tax Take Is Up

    Robert Carling | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The mantle of 'highest taxing Treasurer' may go with the job, but the government's tax record is still disappointing.

  • Taming New Zealand’s Tax Monster

    Phil Rennie | 15 May 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders now pay an extra $20 billion per year in tax than they did in 2000. There needs to be a proper review of...

  • The Government Giveth and the Government Taketh Away: Tax Welfare Churning and the Case for Welfare State Opt-Outs

    Peter Saunders | 14 May 2007 | Policy Monographs

    Australians are more prosperous than ever before, so the number of people needing government assistance should be falling....

  • BOOK REVIEW: Giblin's Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life

    Greg Melleuish | 23 Apr 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Giblin's Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of The Economist In Australian Public Life by William Coleman, Selwyn Cornish and...

  • Reinventing New Zealand’s Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders are much richer than when the welfare state was founded. People’s incomes should therefore be sufficient...

  • Mismatch: Australia’s Graduates and the Job Market

    Andrew Norton | 23 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth-directed higher education system has produced a mismatch between available graduates and jobs. Australia’s...

  • New Zealand’s Spending Binge

    Phil Rennie | 15 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand is now $20 billion higher than it was in 2000, yet the available social indicators show...

  • FEATURE: Fact and Fiction: Market Definition and The Media

    Ross Jones | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The ACCC and Pay TV.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information

    Nikki Macor | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance In The Age of Information by Richard A Lanham (The University of Chicago,...

  • FEATURE: '...Who Comes to Australia?'

    Sinclair Davidson | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Where migrants come from can tell us something about how they might fit in.

  • FEATURE: Trading On Our Reputation

    Roger Bate | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's water management is still leading the way, even in drought.

  • A Welfare State for Those Who Want One, Opts-outs for Those Who Don't

    Peter Saunders | 30 Jan 2007 | Issue Analysis

    A system of welfare state opt-outs will help increase people’s independence from government and reverse the unrelenting...

  • BOOK REVIEW: International Economics and Confusing Politics

    Eric Jones | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    International Economics and Confusing Politics by David Robertson (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: The White Man's Burden

    Gaurav Sodhi | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have DoneSo Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly...

  • State Taxation and Fiscal Federalism: A Blueprint for Further Reform

    Robert Carling | 03 Nov 2006 | Policy Monographs

    This paper identifies major structural flaws in our current taxation system and develops a set of radical proposals to put...

  • Why Tax Cuts Are Good for Growth

    Phil Rennie | 18 Oct 2006 | Issue Analysis

    In the wake of the government’s $11 billion budget surplus, cutting taxes could deliver a significant boost to the economy....

  • How to Fix a Leaky Tax System

    Phil Rennie | 14 Sep 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The New Zealand tax system has become complicated and unfair, and its integrity corroded by the introduction of a 39%...

  • FEATURE: When Will Leviathan Fade Away?

    Des Moore | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The federal government has failed to curb discretionary spending.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Law Without Government

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The Law of the Somalis: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development by Michael van Notten, edited by Spencer Heath MacCallum...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Vital Signs, Vibrant Society: Securing Australia's Economic and Social Wellbeing

    Mal Bozic | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Vital Signs, Vibrant Society: Securing Australia's Economic and Social Wellbeing by Craig Emerson (UNSW Press, 2006).

  • FEATURE: Finding a Cab: The Better Deal for Taxi Customers

    Krystian Seibert | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Cheaper and more readily available taxis are possible without expensive compensation for taxi licence owners.

  • FEATURE: The Doha Round: Where to now for the WTO?

    David Robertson | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The World Trade Organisation is struggling to reach agreement on trade liberalisation.

  • FEATURE: Want to Predict the Future? Ask the market!

    Glenn Boyle | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Markets may be better than experts at predicting the future.

  • INTERVIEW: In Defence of Global Liberalism

    Andrew Norton | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton talks to Johan Norberg, writer of In Defence of Gobal Capitalism and 'freelance free-marketeer'.

  • FEATURE: Our Treasurer Should Cultivate an Irish Lilt

    Geoffrey Kingston | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia could learn from Ireland's corporate tax system.

  • Taxploitation: The Case for Income Tax Reform

    Peter Saunders | 01 Jun 2006 | CIS Readings

    In this book edited by Peter Saunders, 10 authors explain why and how Australia's system of personal income tax needs reforming.

  • Are New Zealanders Paying Too Much Tax?

    Phil Rennie | 15 May 2006 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealand is a highly taxed country on a global scale and has record budget surpluses. The past decade has seen huge increases...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Promises, Performance and Prospects: Essays on Political Economy 1980-1998

    Barry Maley | 06 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Promises, Performance and Prospects: Essays on Political Economy 1980-1998 by Antonio Martino

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Intelligent Australian Investor

    Chris Prunty | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The Intelligent Australian Investor by Chris Leithner (Wrightbooks, 2005).

  • COMMENT: The Cancer Competition?

    Jeremy Shearmur | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Selected medical research could be funded through competitive prizes.

  • FEATURE: Shares in People

    Joseph Clark | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Students could finance their studies through selling equity in their future income.

  • FEATURE: Should Monetary Policy be Transparent?

    Jan Libich | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    There is an overwhelming consensus that monetary policymaking should be transparent: an evaluation of the arguments.

  • Sensory Order and Economic Order: The links between human cognition and economic freedom in Hayek's thought.

    Julie Novak | 01 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper, Julie Novak illustrates the connection between The Sensory Order and Hayek's economic thought.  His psychological...

  • HELPless: How the FEE-HELP Loans System Lets Students Down and How to Fix it

    Andrew Norton | 27 Feb 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Three new loans schemes were introduced in 2005 to fix omissions in the HECS system, but a more realistic FEE-HELP loan...

  • Make Poverty History: Tackle Corruption

    Wolfgang Kasper | 19 Jan 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The results of the latest international survey of corruption reveal huge international differences. Poor countries tend to...

  • Twenty Million Future Funds

    Peter Saunders | 21 Dec 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s claim that we need a Future Fund to pay for public servants’ superannuation is bogus. In fact, the Future...

  • FEATURE: Why Still Worry About the Capital Account Surplus?

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    An arbitrary percentage of GDP is not the right measure of an unsustainable current account deficit.

  • The Wealth of Generations:Capitalism and the Belief in the Future

    Johan Norberg | 28 Nov 2005 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, with optimism and humour, Johan Norberg looks forward to a future which can only improve with...

  • Reform 30/30: Rebuilding Australia’s Tax and Welfare Systems

    John Humphreys | 25 Nov 2005 | Policy Monographs

    John Humphreys has a vision of how the tax and welfare systems could be refashioned to break through the dispiriting problems...

  • Welfare Reform and Economic Development for Indigenous Communities

    Noel Pearson | 25 Oct 2005 | Occasional Papers

    Noel Pearson's lecture is to set out a case for a comprehensive reform agenda in Cape York Peninsula.

  • Between Two Worlds. Australian Foreign Policy Responses to New and Old Security Dilemmas

    David Martin Jones, Susan Windybank | 23 Oct 2005 | Occasional Papers

    Globalisation has connected these two worlds through ease of travel, communications and financial flows, but it has not integrated...

  • The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | Issue Analysis

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    Rajat Sood | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

  • FEATURE: Low Pay or No Pay?

    Philip Lewis | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Economics of the minimum wage: The minimum wage hits the least skilled the hardest.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Rise and Fall of Monetary Targeting in Australia

    Stephen Kirchner | 31 Aug 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The Rise and Fall of Monetary Targeting in Australia by Simon Guttman (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2005).

  • The Free Market Case Against Voluntary Student Unionism (But for Voluntary Student Representation)

    Andrew Norton | 31 Aug 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government plans to introduce ‘voluntary student unionism’ (VSU) into Australia’s universities by banning...

  • Are There Any Good Arguments Against Cutting Income Taxes?

    Sinclair Davidson | 22 Aug 2005 | Policy Monographs

    Sinclair Davidson explains why, in a sharply ‘progressive’ tax system like ours, tax cuts that appear to favour high...

  • The Costs of Taxation

    Alex Robson | 21 Aug 2005 | Policy Monographs

    The question the government needs to ask is not whether it can do good through more spending, but is whether the relentless...

  • The Road to Work: Freeing Up the Labour Market

    Kayoko Tsumori | 15 Jul 2005 | Policy Monographs

    This monograph outlines a framework for a more flexible, deregulated labour market which could strengthen employment, raise...

  • Six Arguments in Favour of Self-Funding

    Peter Saunders | 14 Jul 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The welfare state served us well in the past but is decreasingly relevant to current conditions. It came into existence to...

  • In Defence of Global Capitalism

    Johan Norberg | 02 Jun 2005 | Special Publications

    Norberg refutes, systematically and thoroughly, the tenets of the anti-globalisation movement.  Johan Norberg illustrates...

  • The $85 Billion Tax/Welfare Churn

    Peter Saunders | 07 Apr 2005 | Issue Analysis

    Given the government’s newly-won control of the Senate, most attention is focused primarily on the next 18 months, but...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Finishing the Job: Real-world Policy Solutions in Health, Housing, Education and Transport

    Rajat Sood | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Finishing the Job: Real-World Policy Solutions in Health, Housing, Education and Transport by Joshua Gans and Stephen King...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Escape From Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World

    Eric Rodjo Ralph | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World by Robert William Fogel (Cambridge...

  • FEATURE: After The House Price Boom: Is this the end of the Australian dream?

    Peter Saunders | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Housing has become less afforable, but policy changes could alleviate the problem.

  • BOOK REVIEW: In Defense of Globalisation

    Chris Prunty | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    In Defense of Globalisation by Jagdish Bhagwati (Oxford University Press, 2004).

  • COMMENT: The Economics and Etiquette of Tipping

    Steen Videback | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Tipping is common in the US. A look at economic research on tipping: does it have its benefits?

  • FEATURE: A Labour Market Fable

    Alex Robson | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic tales are not always good guides to policy.

  • FEATURE: Is Economic Growth Given Too High A Priority?

    Winton Bates | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Australians see economic growth as one element of overall national and personal well-being.

  • FEATURE: Taxation with Misrepresentation

    Sinclair Davidson | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's revenue lobby in denial.

  • How Highly Taxed Are We? The Level and Composition of Taxation in Australia and the OECD

    Peter Burn | 19 Nov 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Rather than establishing the case for even higher taxes on earnings, a careful analysis of OECD statistics shows what many...

  • The Very Idea of a Flat Tax

    Lauchlan Chipman | 29 Oct 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Lauchlan Chipman questions a key principle that has long been embedded in our system of taxation and which most Australians...

  • In Defence of Secure Property Rights, 2nd revised edition

    Wolfgang Kasper | 19 Oct 2004 | Occasional Papers

    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow...

  • Australia's Welfare Habit and How to Kick It

    Peter Saunders | 01 Oct 2004 | Special Publications

    Forty years ago only 3% of working age Australians depended on welfare payments as their main source of income. Today it...

  • A Voluntary Free Trade Alliance: How to Overcome Hurdles in the Path of Traders and Investors

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 2004 | Issue Analysis

    The 'Global Free Trade Alliance' would promote free exchanges between nations on a voluntary basis and could become a ‘World...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The Mandarins of Martin Place

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Sep 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The RBA prefers to maximise policy discretion while avoiding increased accountability. Australia's Money Mandarins: The Reserve...

  • Will You Still Vote for Me in the Morning? Why Politicians Aren’t Rushing to Increase Taxes

    Andrew Norton | 16 Jul 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Norton’s review of the evidence does not indicate the existence of a population keen to pay more tax. The politicians know...

  • Who Pays the Lion’s Share of Personal Income Tax?

    Sinclair Davidson | 13 Jul 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Davidson’s paper performs a service by exposing the absurdities of some of the claims that are being made about who pays...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens

    Andrew Leigh | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: Of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens by Julian Le Grand (Oxford University Press,...

  • FEATURE: Punching Above Our Weight

    Paul Kelly | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    If Australia wants to maintain its influence in the world, it needs to keep reforming its economy and increase its population.

  • FEATURE: Out of the Tax Wilderness

    Geoffrey de Q. Walker | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The rule of law is collapsing in the Australian tax system. Geoffrey de Q. Walker suggests some ways to rebuild it.

  • FEATURE: The Politics of Protection: Public Opinion Can Favour Liberalising Trade

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Protectionist sentiment in Australia does not run as deep as it is commonly believed, for public attitudes to freer trade...

  • Tax Reform to Make Work Pay

    Peter Saunders | 29 May 2004 | Policy Monographs

    We are paying more tax than ever before. Australia’s tax burden is higher than in the United States and Japan, taxes on...

  • State of the Nation: An Agenda for Change 2004

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 May 2004 | Special Publications

    This book is now in its fourth edition.  It offers independent views on Australia’s progress across a range of indicators...

  • The Taxation of Shared Family Incomes

    Terry Dwyer | 29 Apr 2004 | Policy Monographs

    Terry Dwyer’s paper makes a compelling case for recognising family income sharing for tax purposes, and his arguments and...

  • Sweet and Sour Pork Barrelling: The Case of Queensland Sugar

    Alex Robson | 25 Mar 2004 | Issue Analysis

    For nearly 100 years, pork barrelling has propped up a recalcitrant sugar industry that has refused to reform despite evidence...

  • The Tax Wilderness How to Restore the Rule of Law

    | 18 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    The importance of Geoffrey Walker’s paper is that it shows the price we are paying as a nation for government’s failure...

  • FEATURE: Another Global Trade Crisis

    David Robertson | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The multilateral trading system has been seriously weakened by four worrying trends.

  • FEATURE: Food Phobias: Behind the Fuss Over GM Crops

    Phillip Killicoat | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The biggest problem consumers have with agricultural biotechnology is not genetic modification, but misinformation.

  • Poverty in Australia: Beyond the Rhetoric

    Peter Saunders | 01 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    This report challenges prevailing definitions and measurements of poverty, and calls for an alternative strategy for poverty...

  • How Union Campaigns on Hours and Casuals are Threatening Low-skilled Jobs

    Kayoko Tsumori | 22 Jan 2004 | Issue Analysis

    For several years now Australian unions have been waging campaigns to limit working hours and the growth in casual employment...

  • Poor Laws (3) How to Reform the Award System and Create More Jobs

    Kayoko Tsumori | 10 Nov 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Despite the hype about enterprise bargaining and the individualisation of employment arrangements since the early 1990s,...

  • How To Reduce Long Term Unemployment

    Peter Saunders | 11 Sep 2003 | Issue Analysis

    More than half the people claiming unemployment allowances in Australia have been on benefits for more than a year. Introducing...

  • In Defence of Secure Property Rights

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Jun 2003 | Occasional Papers

    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow...

  • Is the ‘Earnings Credit’ the Best Way to Cut the Dole Queues?

    Kayoko Tsumori | 13 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    The 'earnings credit' proposed by the 'Five Economists' in 1998 will not sufficiently decrease joblessness in Australia,...

  • Michael in a Muddle: Michael Pusey’s Bungled Attack on Economic Reform

    Andrew Norton | 09 May 2003 | Issue Analysis

    Andrew Norton reveals many serious errors of fact and logic in his detailed critique of Michael Pusey's new book, The Experience...

  • A Self-Reliant Australia. Welfare Policy for the 21st century

    Peter Saunders | 16 Mar 2003 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper Peter Saunders suggests that the time has come to turn back the growth of this expensive, damaging, demeaning...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Ordinary Business of Life

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    The Ordinary Business of Life: A History of Economics from the Ancient World to the Twenty-First Century by Roger Backhouse...

  • LETTER: Missing the Wood For The Trees: A Response to Hughes

    Terry O'Brien | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Terry O'Brien's letter to the editor in response to Helen Hughes' article ('Is Globalisation Good or Bad for Poor People?',...

  • SCHOOLS BRIEF: Evolutionary Economics: Foundation of Liberal Economic Philosophy

    Jason Potts | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Evolution is the process of change in an open system, an idea that owes just as much to Smith, Hayek and liberal economics...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Three Takes on the Globalisation Debate

    Malcolm Roberts | 01 Jan 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Globalisation and Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz (Allen Lane, 2002); Paradoxes of Prosperity: Why the New Capitalism...

  • Poor Laws (2): The Minimum Wage and Unemployment

    Kayoko Tsumori | 02 Dec 2002 | Issue Analysis

    More than half the poor in Australia are unemployed. It is joblessness, not low-paid jobs, that is the biggest source of...

  • The Unchained University

    Andrew Norton | 19 Nov 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Australia's universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert...

  • SCHOOLS BRIEF: I, Pencil

    Leonard E. Read | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Making pencils would not be possible without free markets, a simple truth that is often used to defend private enterprise.

  • Whose Progress? A Response to the ABS Report Measuring Australia’s Progress

    Peter Saunders | 20 Aug 2002 | Issue Analysis

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ recent report, Measuring Australia’s Progress, threatens to compromise the political...

  • Poor Laws (1): The Unfair Dismissal Laws and Long-term Unemployment

    Kayoko Tsumori | 20 Aug 2002 | Issue Analysis

    Unfair dismissal laws stifle job creation and compound Australia’s high unemployment problem. Despite a near-decade of...

  • Sustainable Immigration and Cultural Integration

    Wolfgang Kasper | 15 Aug 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Professor Kasper outlines the benefits of past migration. He points out that Australians can be justifiably proud of the...

  • The Art of Corporate Governance: a return to first principles

    Samuel Gregg | 23 Jun 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Calls for big business to be more ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ have never been louder, nor more misguided. ...

  • Has History Restarted Since September 11?

    Francis Fukuyama | 03 Apr 2002 | Occasional Papers

    Francis Fukuyama argues that the fracture line over globalisation could turn out to be a division, not between West and the...

  • What Governments Can't Know: The Knowledge Economy and the Market

    | 04 Feb 2002 | Occasional Papers

    Are governments well placed to foster the infusion of different types of complex knowledge to create new or better goods...

  • Taxing the family : Australia's forgotten people in the income spectrum

    Lucy Sullivan | 22 Aug 2001 | Policy Monographs

    Over the last two decades, the tax burden has shifted from taxpayers without to taxpayers with dependent children.  While...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Arts and Economics

    Simon Blount | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Arts and Economics: Analysis and Cultural Policy by Bruno S. Frey (Springer Verlag, 2000.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Economic Literacy in One Mighty Lesson

    Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, 2000.) In the non-technical introduction...

  • COMMENT: 'Stakeholder' Theory

    Samuel Gregg | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The world 'stakeholder' is an unsubtle play on 'stockholder', implying an entitlement not unlike ownership. But if good corporate...

  • COMMENT: The Case Against 'Corporate Social Responsibility'

    David Henderson | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an appearling concept, but the current widely-held doctrine of CSR is deeply flawed....

  • FEATURE: De-nationalising Money

    Jerry Jordan | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The Emergence of 'Brand Name' Capital: The falling costs of information and communication technologies make it increasingly...

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | Special Publications

    This major report finds that Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for the better, sometimes...

  • State of the Nation 2001: A Century of Change (CD ROM)

    Jennifer Buckingham | 05 Apr 2001 | Special Publications

    A CD version of a major report that finds Australia is in the midst of profound social and economic change sometimes for...

  • FEATURE: Reforming Wages and Welfare Policy: Six Advantages of a Negative Income Tax

    John Humphreys | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The replacement of all current welfare and wage provisions with a universal but minimal negative income tax would create...

  • INTERVIEW: Seeing the Bigger Picture: The Value of Economic History

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton interviews Eric Jones, one of the world's most prominent economic historians.

  • Breaking the Trade Stalemate: What Are Australia’s Options?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Feb 2001 | Issue Analysis

    Australia’s best hope of long-term trade liberalisation lies in signing a free trade agreement with the United States....

  • FEATURE: The 'Fair Go' in Australia: Popular Support for Taxing and Spending

    Simon Blount | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Are Australians prepared to tolerate higher taxes in return for increased social services as welfare lobbyists often assume?

  • CRITICAL REVIEW: Imagined Enemies

    Gary Sturgess | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Water's Fall: Running the Risks with Economic Rationalism by Chris Sheil (Pluto Press, 2000.)

  • COMMENT: Renewing the Social Fabric: Mutual Obligation and Work for the Dole

    Tony Abbott | 09 Sep 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Nearly everything the Coalition Government does is challenged on the suspicion that it is trying to reduce spending in order...

  • Setting the Record Straight: Free Trade and the WTO

    David Robertson | 04 Sep 2000 | Issue Analysis

    By allowing social issues into the WTO agenda using tenuous links to trade policy, the WTO Council has placed the organisation...

  • Behavioural Poverty

    Lucy Sullivan | 09 Apr 2000 | Policy Monographs

    The welfare debate is bedeviled by the failure to distinguish behavioural from financial poverty. The minimum income available...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Vices of Economists- The Virtues of the Bourgeoisie

    Stephen Kirchner | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The Vices of Economists- The Virtues of the Bourgeoisie by Deirdre McCloskey (Amsterdam University Press, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Second Wave of Law and Economics

    Michael Rush | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The Second Wave of Law and Economics by Megan Richardson and Gillian Hadfield (The Federation Press, 1999.)

  • REVIEW: Are Industry Innovations Discovered In Summits Or In Valleys?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Encouraging Knowledge-Intensive Industries: What Australia Can Draw From the Industrial Upgrading Experiences of Taiwan and...

  • FEATURE: The Asian Tale, Twice Told

    George Manzano, Gloria Pasadilla, Jesus Estanislao | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Since the Asian crisis, analysis of how markets and the institutions that govern them operate has become the focus of policy...

  • Building Prosperity: Australia's Future as a Global Player

    Wolfgang Kasper | 02 Mar 2000 | Special Publications

    Over the past two decades Australia has been transformed from a protected backwater on the global periphery to an outward-looking...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australia's Economic Revolution

    Jeremy Bray | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's Economic Revolution by John Edwards (UNSW Press, 1999.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: 1998 Industry Economics Conference Proceedings

    Geoff Jones | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    1998 Industry Economics Conference Proceedings  a Productivity Commission publication (Melbourne, 1999.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Crisis or Signal? Asia's Economic Problems

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    A Literature Review.

  • INTERVIEW: An Optimistic Window?

    Greg Lindsay | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Global Markets in the Information Era: Greg Lindsay talks with Jerry Jordan.

  • FEATURE: Prioritising Policies for Prosperity

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Raising national saving, a major objective of a series of recent federal budgets, has been a high economic policy priority.

  • FEATURE: Better than the Australian Industrial Relations Commission

    Des Moore | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Getting rid of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and giving trade unions no special rights is likely to do more...

  • The End of Chaos: Global Markets and the Information Era

    Jerry Jordan | 24 Nov 1999 | Occasional Papers

    Governments have long pursued policies that determined the degree to which markets have been permitted to operate. But in...

  • Economics & Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue

    Samuel Gregg | 02 Nov 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The relationship between economists and religious thinkers is often acrimonious. In this Occasional Paper, an economist Professor...

  • How Markets Work: Disequilibrium, Entrepreneurship and Discovery

    Israel Kirzner | 12 Oct 1999 | Occasional Papers

    Mainstream economic theory starts from the assumption of 'equilibrium', under which markets are perfectly competitive. The...

  • Noble Ends Flawed Means: The Case Against Debt-Forgiveness

    Ian Harper | 28 Sep 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Plans by the World Bank and the IMF to relieve Third World debt would have dire consequences for the very countries they...

  • COMMENT: Uniform Commercial Laws: The Merits of Wallis Recommendation 114

    Ray Steinwall | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    In its final report in March 1997, the Wallis Committee expressed the view that reform of the regulatory framework could...

  • SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Australia's Prospects in the Global Economy

    Barry Maley, Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Jennifer Buckingham, Lucy Sullivan | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Selected economic excerpts from State of the Nation 1999.

  • COMMENT: The Goods and Services Tax: Enforceable Guidelines

    Graeme Dorrance | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has established an enforcement program directed primairly at retailers....

  • INTERVIEW: Papal Revolutions, Political Habits and Predatory States

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Jason Soon talks to Deepak Lal.

  • State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999

    Lucy Sullivan | 02 Aug 1999 | Special Publications

    The expanded and revised edition of State of the Nation: Indicators of a Changing Australia 1999 is a comprehensive guide...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Australia's Virtuous Cycle

    Stephen Kirchner | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    What makes the performance of the Australian economy more impressive is that this has been achieved despite a much greater...

  • BOOK REVIEWS: Hard Cases, Tough Choices

    Samuel Gregg | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Hard Cases, Tough Choices: Exploring the Ethical Landscape of Business by Simon Longstaff (Pan Macmillan Australia, 1997.)

  • COMMENT: Some Observations on the Economics of Productivity and Pay

    Charles Mulvey | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    "In the course of the last decade, the culture of wage fixing in Australia has absorbed the notion that productivity improvement...

  • COMMENT: Remedies for the Asian Deflation: Revisiting Old Ground

    Christopher Lingle | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The case against Keynesian remedies for the Asian crisis.

  • INTERVIEW: Liberalism, Capitalism and Institutional Development

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Jason Soon talks to former president of the Mont Pelerin Society, Max Hartwell, best known for his engagement in the 'Standard...

  • FEATURE: Reforming Public Funding of the Performing Arts

    Anthony Adair | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Public funding of the arts throws up a range of economic, social and political problems.

  • FEATURE: Taxi!! Reinvigorating Competition in the Taxi Market

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is room for improvement in the state of taxi services in NSW.

  • Taxi! Reinvigorating Competition in the Taxi Market

    Jason Soon | 05 May 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Without drastic improvements, taxi services will not be able to service the Olympic Games. Long queues and disgruntled tourists...

  • SCHOOLS BRIEF: Whither the Clever Country? Australia's Industry Policy

    Robin Stonecash | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Industry policy is an important topic in the high school economics syllabus. This School's Brief presents a survey and evaluation...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Merits and Limits of Markets

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Merits and Limits of Markets edited by Herbert Giersch (Springer-Verlag, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Political Competition, Innovation and Growth- A Historical Analysis

    Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Political Competition, Innovation and Growth- A Historical Analysis by P. Bernholz, M.E. Streit and R. Vaubel (eds.) (Springer,...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Globalisation: 'Politics' versus 'Economics'

    Greg Melleuish | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Global Nation? Australia and the Politics of Globalisation by John Wiseman (Cambridge University Press, 1998.) Globalisation,...

  • COMMENT: The Korean Financial Crisis- Causes, Effects and Solutions

    Susan Black, Terry Black | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The flaws of managed exchange rates and industry policy.

  • FEATURE: Reforming State Taxation

    Damien S. Elridge, Owen Gabbitas | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Assessing options for tax changes at the state level.

  • Why Small Business Is Not Hiring: Regulatory Impediments to Small Business Growth

    Jason Soon | 10 Feb 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Small business makes an important contribution to the Australian economy, accounting for 42 percent of employment in 1997-98....

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Taxation of Family Income

    Lucy Sullivan | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Lost Concept of Horizontal Equity

  • COMMENT: World Competitiveness- Are We On Track?

    Kevin Daly | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An update on Australia's world competitiveness ranking.

  • COMMENT: The Asia Crisis: Causa Sine Qua Non

    Timothy M. Devinney | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Why Asia needs more transparent institutions.

  • FEATURE: Liberalism in Economics and Politics

    Charles Richardson | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with Antonio Martino, Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the Free...

  • FEATURE: Electronic Money and The Market Process

    Adam Mikkelsen | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    How digital developments are opening new frontiers for Liberalism.

  • The Road Not Taken- Hayek’s Slippery Slope to Serfdom

    Neil McInnes | 01 Nov 1998 | Occasional Papers

    In 1944 Friedrich Hayek published The Road to Serfdom, a warning against the totalitarian dangers involved in central economic...

  • Rear Vision on Trade Policy: Wrong Way, Go Forward

    Ron Duncan | 25 Sep 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Policies affecting trade flows do not begin or end in the international arena: Decisions about reducing protection must be...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: How Markets Work: Disequilibrium, Entrepreneurship and Discovery

    Israel Kirzner | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    This paper presents, in non-technical terms, an 'Australian' view of how a market economy works.

  • BOOK NOTES: Corporate Welfare Policy and the Welfare State

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Corporate Welfare Policy and the Welfare State by Davita Glasberg and Dan Skidmore (Walter de Gruyter & co, 1997.) 

  • BOOK NOTES: The Logic of Action: Two

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Logic of Action: Two by Murray N. Rothbard (Edward Elgar, 1997.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Australia at a Crossroads?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia at the Crossroads by Fred Argy (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • FEATURE: Indonesia and The IMF: Two Equal Partners

    Ernst Juerg Weber | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Two economic crises stand out during the twentieth century: the Great Depression and the crises in Asia.

  • FEATURE: Interests, Incentives and Institutions

    Joseph Stiglitz | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An economist's experience of government failure.

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1998

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Issue Spring 1998.

  • Tax Injustice: Keeping the Family Cap-in-Hand

    Lucy Sullivan | 10 Jul 1998 | Issue Analysis

    There is a growing awareness of financial pressure on the family, together with anomalies in the interaction of family earnings,...

  • Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: Moving Toward, Or Away From, Wage Justice for Women?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Concerns about equity for working women are being misused to move back to industry-wide wage fixing and its attendant dangers...

  • SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Productivity and Australia's Future

    Rick Johnson | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The more competitive are the markets, the greater the pressure on the firms to be more productive.

  • BOOK NOTES: John Locke and the Origins of Private Property

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    John Locke and the Origins of Private Property by Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge University Press, 1997.)

  • COMMENT: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealth

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Economics of Liberal Rights.

  • FEATURE: The Open Economy and the National Interest

    Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Tug of War over the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.

  • Open for Business? Australian Interests and the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

    Wolfgang Kasper | 17 Apr 1998 | Issue Analysis

    The proposed OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate,...

  • SCHOOL'S BRIEF: Public Choice Theory: An Introduction

    Julie Novak | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Over time, more and more economists have found the "Social Welfare Function' approach to be simply inconceivable in real-time...

  • COMMENT: The Perils of Republics

    Lucy Sullivan | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    In practice unanimity of will in the political sphere does not occur, making the reach of authority problematic.

  • FEATURE: Global Warming

    Geoff Hogbin | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Mother of all environmental scares.

  • FEATURE: Fencing the Oceans

    Birgir Runolfsson | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    A rights-based approach to privatising fisheries.

  • INTERVIEW: The Asian Meltdown

    Charles Richardson | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Christopher Lingle speaks to Charles Richardson about the 1997-1998 Financial events in East Asia and their underlying causes.

  • FEATURE: Asia's Financial Crisis

    Peter Swan | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Its causes and likely impact on Australia.

  • FEATURE: Monetary and Fiscal Rules

    Antonio Martino | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Past successes and future prospects.

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: International Trade

    Leon Berkelmans, Sandy Cuthbertson | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    For all its antiquity and contemporary rates of growth, international trade is controversial and much public policy debate...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Not Just for the Money: An Economic Theory of Personal Motivation

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Not Just for the Money: An Economic Theory of Personal Motivation by Bruno S. Frey (Edward Elgar Publishing, 1997.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Economics and the Environment

    John Rolfe | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Economics and the Environment: A Signalling and Incentives Approach by Ian Wills (Allen & Unwin, 1997.)

  • COMMENT: Does Australia Really Need to Encourage its Innovators to Commercialise In-House?

    Joshua S. Gans | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The prospect that the Australian economy might have something more than a primary and service industry base bodes well for...

  • FEATURE: Postal Services: Public Or Private, Competition or Monopoly?

    Susan Black, Terry Black | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    A review of Australia Post, considering competition issues such as community service obligations and the legislative standard...

  • FEATURE: Looking for Results

    Thomas Hazlett | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Ronald Coase talks to Thomas Hazlett.

  • FEATURE: The New Populism in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Since the 1970s, Australians have been living through an age of uncertainty or, perhaps more positively, an age of redefinition.

  • FEATURE: The New Wealth of Nations: Australian Postscript

    Charles Richardson | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Does Australia fit the Bill? As compared with the U.S., our clearest economic failing is unemployment.

  • The Morality of Capitalism

    James Q. Wilson | 15 Oct 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Economic Reasoning

    John Young, Ken Tester, Peter Fraser | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Where are economists coming from and why should one believe an economist?

  • COMMENT: Australia's World Competitiveness Ranking- Which Way Now?

    Anis Chowdhury, Kevin Daly | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    An examination of the Institute for Management Development's The World Competitiveness Yearbook, which analyses and ranks...

  • FEATURE: The Coming Libertarian Age

    David Boaz | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    An excerpt of David Boaz's Libertarianism: A Primer (Free Press, 1997.)

  • FEATURE: National Saving and Commonwealth Budget Strategy

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    A smaller public sector can increase saving.

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1997

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Spring 1997.

  • Democracy and the Welfare State

    Kenneth Minogue | 01 Sep 1997 | Occasional Papers

    The welfare state has now been experienced by several generations. In this Occasional Paper, Professor Kenneth Minogue looks...

  • FEATURE: A Right Or A Rip-Off: The Parallel Importing Debate

    Tracy Mears | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    A summary of some of the argument for and against issues of Parallel Importing.

  • FEATURE: Financial Globalisation: Ceding Sovereignty or Safeguarding Growth

    Tony Makin | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Fears of globalisation are overstated.

  • FEATURE: Fiscal Inheritance

    Warren Hogan | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Accord's long term fiscal implications.

  • FEATURE: The Wallis Inquiry and Bank Merger Policy

    Penny Neal | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Why the Wallis recommendations ought to be rejected.

  • A Tribute to the Modest Member: Bert Kelly

    Ray Evans | 01 Jun 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Bert Kelly was for many years a lone parliamentary campaigner for free market ideas and against protectionism. He popularised...

  • State of the Nation: Statistical Indicators of Australia's Well-being

    Lucy Sullivan | 01 Apr 1997 | Special Publications

    The first of a series of studies of the social condition of Australia in 1997.

  • BOOK NOTES: Economic Socialization

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic Socialization: The Economic Beliefs and Behaviours of Young People edited by Peter Lunt and Adrian Furnham (Edward...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Good Society: The Humane Agenda

    Kenneth Minogue | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Good Society: The Humane Agenda by John Kenneth Galbraith (Sinclair Stevenson, 1996.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Great Expectations or Hard Times?

    Peter Forsyth | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Great Expectations: Microeconomic Reform and Australia by John Quiggin (Allen and Unwin, 1996.)

  • COMMENT: On The Fifth Anniversary of Hayek's Death

    Kurt R. Leube | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    With the death of Friedrich A. von Hayek five years ago, we lost a last representative of a gifted generation of classically...

  • COMMENT: Enforcing APEC

    Shannon K. Mitchell | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    "The interdependence of member countries in many spheres of interest thus provides a potentially powerful way to enforce...

  • FEATURE: Market Definition and The Media: A Reply to Jones

    Anthony Marshall, Stephen King | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    "Products do not need to be perfect substitutes to be in the same market."

  • Reforming Central Banking

    Stephen Kirchner | 01 Mar 1997 | Policy Monographs

    This book is about which monetary institutions and monetary regimes are most likely to promote price stability.

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: The Economics of Regulation Review

    Jason Soon | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    As part of the microeconomic reform process, Australian governments are paying more attention to the costs and benefits of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Unlocking the Infrastructure- The Reform of Public Utilities in Australia

    Frances Hanks | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Unlocking the Infrastructure- The Reform of Public Utilities in Australia by Stephen King and Rodney Maddock (Allen &...

  • COMMENT: GST: Reform Requires a Political Champion

    Peter Hendy, Tim Beale | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Momentum continues to build for the introduction of a Goods and Services Tax (GST).

  • FEATURE: The Case Against Software Patents

    Daniel Lam | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The economic inefficiency of patents.

  • FEATURE: The Hidden Costs of a GST- An International Perspective

    Chris Evans, Michael Walpole | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    GST compliance costs are likely to fall especially heavily on small businesses.

  • Markets, Morals and Community

    Andrew Norton | 01 Oct 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Few people today doubt the market’s contribution to prosperity, but still there are powerful intellectual traditions opposing...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Government in a Mixed Economy

    Michael Warby | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Why does government exist?

  • FEATURE: 'Two Point Something': The Credibility of Australian Monetary Policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    A missed inflation targeting opportunity.

  • FEATURE: Economic Rationalism vs The Entitlement Consensus

    Tom Valentine | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The meaning of economic rationalism.

  • Institutions of innovation and Poverty

    Ray Ball | 27 Aug 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Western nations benefit from social institutions that create prosperity and liberty. The separation of the economic and political...

  • The Boundaries of Life’s Responsibilities- Community and Nation in a Global Environment

    Gary Sturgess | 01 Jul 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Gary Sturgess argues that globalisation’s tensions can be eased by clarifying the role of each level of government. Many...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Fiscal Policy

    Penny Neal | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Fiscal policy has reassumed prominence in macroeconomic policy making since the election of the Coalition Government in March...

  • BOOK NOTES: Winter 1996

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Liberalism and Community by Steven Kautz (Cornell University Press, 1995.) In an Age of Experts: The Changing Role of Professionals...

  • FEATURE: Typing Errors

    Stan Liebowitz, Stephen E. Margolis | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The QWERTY keyboard is used to make a case against markets. But the evidence has been cooked.

  • FEATURE: The CIS At Twenty

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Greg Lindsay talks to Andrew Norton on the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Independent Studies.

  • FEATURE: In For The Long Term: The Time Horizons of Australian Corporations

    Gerald Garvey | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    What might cause investment short-termism?

  • FEATURE: Russian Roulette Competition Policy

    Anthony Marshall, Stephen King | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The danger of the ACCC's misguided market definition.

  • Working Youth:Tackling Australian Youth Unemployment

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 01 May 1996 | Policy Monographs

    Working Youth proposes reforms to the labour market and educationthat would begin the task of creating jobs for Australia's...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Economic Growth

    Tony Makin | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Macroeconomics is about the behaviour of the economy taken as a whole. The study of economic growth is an important part...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Capitalism: A Social Audit

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Capitalism: A Social Audit by Peter Saunders (Open University Press, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: Barriers To Australian Mineral Exports

    Helen Cabalu | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Microeconomic reform is needed for the mining industry.

  • FEATURE: Singapore and 'Asian Values'

    Christopher Lingle | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The price of Asian authoritarianism.

  • FEATURE: The Neoprotectionist Challenge for the WTO

    Joel Malan | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Non-tariff obstacles to free trade.

  • FEATURE: Why Employment Performance Differs

    Michael D. Longman, Rene Limacher, William W. Lewis | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The effect of product market regulations on employment.

  • FEATURE: Low Balling and Contracting Out: Is it Really A Problem?

    Anthony Marshall | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Avoiding the risks in contracting out.

  • FEATURE: Special Events- Are They Beneficial?

    Amelia Pape, Terry Black | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The cost to taxpayers of the Gold Coast Indycar Grand Prix.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The State We're In

    Nigel Essex | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The State We're In by Will Hutton (Jonathan Cape, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: The Price of Information

    Eric Jones | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The effects of cheaper information.

  • FEATURE: Regulation Reform in the 90s: Challenges and Opportunities

    Stephen Rimmer | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving the quality of regulation.

  • FEATURE: Access: Competition Policy's Weak Link

    Rodney Maddock | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Access to infrastructure policies may not help consumers or improve efficiency.

  • CONTROVERSY: Doing Justice To Telecommunications Equity

    Gerard Goggin | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    There are significant differences of principle between those who advocate government intervention to bring about social justice...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Competing Gospels: Public Ecology and Economic Theory

    Martin Sheehan | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Competing Gospels: Public Theology and Economic Theory by Robert J. Simons (E.J. Dwyer, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: The Unregulated Infobahn

    J. Gregory Sidak, Robert Crandall | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The price of information superhighway intervention.

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: The Distribution and Redistribution of Income and Wealth

    Ann Harding | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    One of the many important functions of government involves the distribution and redistribution of income and wealth.

  • FEATURE: The Myth of Asia's Miracle

    Paul Krugman | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Asia's economic growth cannot be sustained.

  • FEATURE: 'The Myth of Asia's Miracle": A Comment on Krugman

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    A response to Krugman.

  • FEATURE: Electronic Payments Systems And Their Economic Implications

    Ian Harper, Phillip Leslie | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Smart Cards undermine central bank currency monopolies.

  • FEATURE: Wanted! Miore Australian Entrepreneurs

    Bartholomew Dowling | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Can the Australian Government promote the emergence of entrepreneurs?

  • POLICY CORRESPONDENCE: Letter to the Editor

    John Croft | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Letter to the editor regarding Steve Dodds' article on Green Economics: Its Errors and Insights.

  • BOOK REVIEW: International Capital Mobility and External Account Determination

    Tom Valentine | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    International Capital Mobility and External Account Determination by A. J. Makin (Macmillan, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Business of Ecology: Australian Organisations Tackling Environmental Issues

    John Rogers | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Business of Ecology: Australian Organisations Tackling Environmental Issues edited by Leigh Cato (Allen & Unwin,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Index of Economic Freedom

    Kenneth Sey | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Index of Economic Freedom by Bryan T. Johnson and Thomas P. Sheehy (Heritage Foundation, 1995.)

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: The Evolving World Economy: Towards Globalism or Regionalism

    Ron Wickes | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Growth of Cross-Border Economic Relations.

  • FEATURE: Competition: The Missing Link in Australia's Privatisation Program

    Stephen King | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Consumer's benefits when competition is combined with privatisation.

  • FEATURE: From Social Workers To Employment Agents

    Jeremy Shearmur | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    In today's labour market everyone might need an employment agent.

  • COMMENT: The Decline of Economics in Schools

    Andrew Norton | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The decline of economics in schools: the possible causes and implications of the decline, as wellk as strategies to increase...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Seven Cultures of Capitalism

    Rafe Champion | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Seven Cultures of Capitalism: Value Systems for Creating Wealth in the United States, Britain, Japan, Germany, France,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Telecompetition: The Free Market Road to the Infomation Superhighway

    Peter Taft | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Telecompetition: The Free Market Road to the Infomation Superhighway by Lawrence Gasman (Cato Institute, 1994.)

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Understanding Australia's Industrial Relations System

    Judith Sloan | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia has a unique system of industrial relations.

  • The Century of Networking

    Rupert Murdoch | 20 Oct 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, Rupert Murdoch reflects on the coming century of networking. In contrast with pessimistic...

  • FEATURE: More People, Greater Wealth, More Resources, Healthier Environment

    Julian L. Simon | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The environmentalist doomsayers have it wrong.

  • FEATURE: High On the Reform Agenda: Competitive Federalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The economic imperatives to reform federal-state relations.

  • FEATURE: The Two Faces of Australian Unions

    Paul Martyn | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Can Australian unions help make firms more efficient?

  • FEATURE: Green Economics: Its Errors and Insights

    Steve Dodds | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Can the Greens and economic rationalism find some common ground?

  • BOOK REVIEW: Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983

    Jeremy Shearmur | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983 by Richard Cockett (HarperCollins, London,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Lie of the Level Playing Field: Industry Policy and Australia's Future

    Malcolm Roberts | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Lie of the Level Playing Field: Industry Policy and Australia's Future by Jenny Stewart (Text Publishing Company, 1994.)

  • Failure, Chaos and Leadership- Ingredients of Democratic Reform

    Kenneth Baxter | 01 Aug 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, delivered as a Bert Kelly Lecture in June 1994, Kenneth P. Baxter says that substantial and far-reaching...

  • FEATURE: Will Inflation Return?

    Ernst Juerg Weber | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Rapid growth of the money supply suggests it might.

  • FEATURE: Reform Retreat: The Industrial Relations Reform Act 1993

    Brendan McCarthy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The government fails to make necessary reforms to the industrial relations system.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Economic Policy Past & Present: Are We Learning?

    Doug McTaggart | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    A Decade of Shann Memorial Lectures 1981-1990 and the Australian Economy edited by M.A.B Siddique (Academic Press International,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Economic Rationalism: Dead End or Way Forward

    Hugh Emy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic Rationalism: Dead End or Way Forward? edited by Stephen King and Peter Lloyd (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1993.)

  • Should We Worry About the Foreign Debt?

    Gary M. White | 01 Apr 1994 | Policy Forum

    The debate about Australis's foreign debt seems endless.  Some say it is nothing to worry about and other fear a foreign...

  • FEATURE: A Road to Hell Paved With Good Intentions

    Thomas Sowell | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek's warning to the world.

  • FEATURE: Buy Australian?

    Terry Black | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Buying Australian could cost jobs and lower living standards.

  • FEATURE: Japan's MITI: A Role Model for Australia and New Zealand?

    Anna Strutt, Steven Lim | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Japan's success may be despite, rather than because of, MITI.

  • FEATURE: Matches Played Under Rafferty's Rules

    Roger Clarke | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Data matching has been an expensive failure.

  • FEATURE: How Necessary Was the State in Australia's Economic Development?

    H. M. Boot | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Not as necessary as we once thought...

  • BOOK REVIEW: God and the Marketplace

    Warren Clarnette | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    God and the Marketplace edited by Jon Davies (IEA Health and Welfare Unit, London, 1993.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Microeconomic Reform in Australia

    John Freebairn | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Microeconomic Reform in Australia edited by Peter Forsyth (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1992.)

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: GATT: What Is It, What Does It Mean?

    Michael Warby | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Trade within a country is covered by that country's legal system. Trade across national boundaries lacks such a framework...

  • FEATURE: Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Reserve bank independence has been proposed as a way of increasing the stability of monetary policy.

  • FEATURE: The Middle of the Social Market Economy

    Norman Barry | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite the collapse of communism, Western intellectuals remain sceptical of market capitalism.

  • COMMENT: On Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

    Tom Valentine | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Tom Valentine on Tony Makin's Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

  • COMMENT: Further Comments on Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

    David Archer | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    David Archer comments on Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

  • COMMENT: Further Views on Reserve Bank Independence or a Money Growth Rule?

    Michael Parkin | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Michael Parkin comments on Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

  • COMMENT: Rejoinder for Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Tony Makin's rejoinder for his article, Reserve Bank Independence or a Money-Growth Rule?

  • FEATURE: The Riddle of The Social Market Economy

    Norman Barry | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Despite the collapse of communism, Western intellectuals remain sceptical of market capitalism. An exploration of the origin...

  • FEATURE: Capitalism and Culture

    Irving Kristol | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The challenge to free enterprise today isn't economic or political: it's cultural.

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: Property Rights and China's Economic Reform

    Ian Wills, Xiaoki Yang | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Property rights are multi-dimensional. They consist of rights to use, to transfer and to appropriate earnings from property,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Head to Head: The Coming Economic Battle

    Ross Garnaut | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Head to Head: The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe and America by Lester Thurwow (Morrow, New York, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Moral Foundations of Market Institutions

    John Hyde | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Moral Foundations of Market Institutions by John Gray (Institute of Economic Affairs, Health and Welfare Unit, 1992.)

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Fiscal Policy and Budget Deficits

    Doug McTaggart | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The government's budget deficit is the most common, but sometimes least informative measure of its fiscal policy stance.

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: CER and Australian Cultural Protection

    Ross Jones | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Services Protocol was expected to be the major instrument in the development of free trade in the services sector. But...

  • FEATURE: Fees, Subsidies and the Market for Higher Education

    Mark Harrison | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Mark Harrison argues that despite major reforms since 1988, the continuing absence of price signals and market incentives...

  • FEATURE: Urban Consolidation: A Modern Urban Myth

    J. Brian McLoughlin | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Commonwealth Government's Building Better Cities program aims to increase urban residential densities. A summary...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Taxpayers Beware!

    James Cox | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Case for Earmarked Taxes: Government Spending and Public Choice by Ranjit S. Teja and Barry Bracewell Milnes (Institute...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Defence of Economic Rationalism

    Coral Bell | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    A Defence of Economic Rationalism edited by Chris James, Chris Jones and Andrew Norton (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1993.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate

    Alan Moran | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Responsive Regulation: Transcending the Deregulation Debate by Ian Ayres and John Braithwaite (Oxford University Press, 1992).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Delivering the Goods

    Ewen Michael | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Urban Goods Movement: A Guide to Policy and Planning by Kenneth Ogden (Ashgate, 1992).

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Twenty Five Years of Indonesian Economic Policy

    Colin Brown | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Colin Brown outlines the conduct of economic policy in Indonesia since 1967 and speculates on the possibility that the free-market...

  • Lessons from the Freiburg School: The Institutional Foundations of Freedom and Prosperity

    Wolfgang Kasper | 01 Jul 1993 | Occasional Papers

    West Germany’s post-War economic success was based on the ideas of the ‘Freiburg school,’ a school of liberal economists,...

  • FEATURE: A Future for Economic Rationalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic rationalism owes much to new insights in technical and organisational evolution, industrial history, the new institutional...

  • FEATURE: Reforming Australia's Utilities: Deregulation and Regulation

    Rodney Maddock | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving the performance of Australia's state-owned and privatised utilities is a major component of the economic reform...

  • FEATURE: Australian Coastal Shipping: Cabotage or Contestability

    Keith Trace | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's geography, pattern of comparative advantage, and export orientation make efficient coastal shipping a necessity....

  • FEATURE: Are Economists Basically Immoral?

    Paul Heyne | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    An edited version of a talk given at the CIS by Paul Heyne:"All economists insist that voters have no incentive to cast an...

  • CRITICAL REVIEW: The Do-It-Yourself Economics of Shutdown

    Richard Snape | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Shutdown: The Failure of Economic Rationalism and How to Rescue Australia edited by John Carroll and Robert Manne (The Text...

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: How Australia's National Wealth Rose in the 1980s

    Tony Makin | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Assets, liabilities and wealth.

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Australia's Savings Performance

    Garry M. White | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    An analysis of the determinants of saving, arguing that the appropriate level of saving would flow from sustained economic...

  • FEATURE: Controlling The Tax Commissioner's Powers of Investigation

    Justin Dabner, Luke Neal, Mark Burton | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Tax Commissioner's powers of investigation should be fully enshrined in legislation and placed on a similar...

  • FEATURE: The Maastricht Treaties: Building Fortress Europe

    Manfred Streit | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Maastricht Treaties will reinforce Europe's protectionist-corporatist trend to the detriment of democratic-parliamentary...

  • FEATURE: The Maori Fisheries Act 1989 and The Restoration of Maori Fishing Rights

    Basil Sharp | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    New Zealand's Maori Fisheries Act 1989 provides for the recognition of Maori fishing rights secured under the Treaty of Waitangi...

  • FEATURE: Australia Should Dump Its Anti-Dumping Laws

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Dumping is widely thought to be unfair and injurious to Australia's domestic industries. The argument that dumping is generally...

  • FEATURE: Flexible Intervention: Trade Reform in Korea and Singapore

    Richard Snape | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Some Australian commentators have been showing interest recently in the industry policies pursued by several Asian countries....

  • BOOK REVIEW: Unemployment: 'Plenty We Can Do...'

    P.A. McGavin | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and The Labour Market by Richard Layard, Stephen Nickell and Richard Jackman (Oxford...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Protection Without Tariffs

    Donald MacLaren | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Technical Barriers To Agricultural Trade by Jimmye Hillman (Westview Press, 1991.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Mastering Comparisons

    Tim Duncan | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Mastering Risk: Environment, Markets and Politics in Australian Economic History by Colin White (Oxford University Press,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Regulating Britain's Privatised Utilities

    Rodney Maddock | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulators and the Market: An Assessment of the Growth of Regulation in the UK edited by Cento Veljanovski (Institute of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Agreement Is Everything

    Michael James | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Political Economy of James Buchanan by David Reisman (Macmillan, 1990.)

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: The Tariff

    Peter Hartley | 12 Dec 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Tariff: An Expensive But Hidden Subsidy.

  • Advertising Bands: Administrative Decisions or Matters of Principle?

    John Gray | 01 Dec 1992 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, John Gray argues that the paradox reflects the fallacious belief that the economic sphere of life...

  • FEATURE: Economic Reform: A Global Revolution

    Grant Scobie | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The last decade has witnessed a profound and a widespread revision in the conduct of economic policy. A review of this policy...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Low-Level Caricature

    Michael James | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Trouble With Economic Rationalism edited by Donald Horne (Scribe Publications, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: How The Poor Help The Poor

    John Goodman | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Where Credit Is Due: Income Generating Programmes For The Poor In Developing Countries by Joe Remenyi (IT Publications, 1991.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: An Agenda For Change

    Mark Wooden | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An Agenda For Change: An International Analysis of Industrial Relations in Transition edited by Oliver Clarke and John Niland...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Capitalism

    Rodney Hide | 09 Sep 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Virtues of Capitalism by Arthur Seldon (The Liberty Fund.)

  • FEATURE: The Compliance Costs of Income Taxation in Australia

    Jeff Pope | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The compliance costs of income taxation incurred by Australian individuals and companies are relatively high, indicating...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Lessons of Confucius

    Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialisation by Robert Wade (Princeton...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Soaking the Rich

    Robin Oliver | 06 Jun 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    A Capital Gains Tax for New Zealand by Rick Krever and Neil Brooks (Institute of Policy Studies, 1990.)

  • FEATURE: A New Classical Response to the Langmore Report

    Tony Makin | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The 1991 Langmore Report rejects the 'New Classical' argument that Australia's current account deficit and external debts...

  • FEATURE: Land Degradation, Technology and the Market

    Rob Crittenden, Roger Epps | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    This article is an explanation of the significant role of technology in Australia's primary industries, explorting the scope...

  • REVIEW: Green Fingers, Invisible Hand

    Tony Sorensen | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Markets, Resources and the Environment edited by Alan Moran, Andrew Chisholm and Michael Porter (Allen & Unwin, 1991.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Scope of Spontaneous Order

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Order- With or Without Design? Selections from F. A. Hayek's Contribution to the Theory and Application of Spontaneous Orders...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: The Links Between Monetary Policy and Microeconomic Policy

    Garry White | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    An exploration of how monetary policy and microeconomic reform can best work toward the intertwined objectives of price stability...

  • FEATURE: Policies of the European Community Toward Newly Liberated Countries

    Holger Schmieding | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The European Community could give credibility to the liberalisation of the post-communitist economies of Eastern and Central...

  • FEATURE: The Tax File Number Scheme: Political Assurances versus Function Creep

    Roger Clarke | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    When the Australian federal government withdrew its Australia Card proposal in 1987, it resolved to enhance the Tax File...

  • FEATURE: Economic Rationalism and the Liberal Tradition

    Michael James | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Although the present consensus favouring economic rationalism is surviving the recession, the seeds of a possible change...

  • FEATURE: Superannuation: Panacea for an Ailing Australian Economy?

    Garry White | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Superannuation has been identified by some commentators as the answer to Australia's alleged savings, current-account, foreign...

  • FEATURE: Misleading Impressions: The Recession in the Farm Sector and its Impact on Rural Australia

    Tony Sorensen | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    News from the bush tends to be all bad. Several primary industries and many individual farmers are coping well with the recession,...

  • FEATURE: The Ethics of Insider Trading

    Norman Barry | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In the second of two articles on business ethics, Norman Barry questions the conventional view that insider trading is intrinsically...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: Enterprise-Specific Productivity and National Policy

    Frederick G. Hilmer | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Microeconomic reform is now recognised as a critical element of national economic policy.

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Blessing of Market Capitalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In Centesimus annus, the Pope is unsparing in his criticism of communism, socialism and (less explicitly) the Catholic flirtation...

  • Liberating Labour: The Case for Freedom of Contract in Labour Relations

    Michael James | 05 Aug 1991 | Occasional Papers

    The legitimacy of the welfare state has survived the shift in recent years towards smaller government and a greater role...

  • Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report

    Vaclav Klaus | 05 Aug 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In the eighth John Bonython Lecture, Václav Klaus, Finance Minister of Czechoslovakia, gives an account of his government’s...

  • FEATURE: The Seen and the Not Seen: Frederic Bastiat's Critique of Protection

    Rodney Hide | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Free Trade Versus Protection Debate Continued: The protectionists are down but not out in New Zealand. Protectionist stirrings...

  • FEATURE: Anicent and Modern Ideas About Infrastructure

    James Cox | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving the efficiency of infrastructure involves more rational pricing policies and greater scope for the private sector...

  • FEATURE: Comparable Worth: An Evaluation Nightmare

    Gabriel A. Moens | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Although the comparable worth method of wage-setting has so far made little progress in Australia, its chances of being adopted...

  • DEBATE: Comparing Governments and Markets

    Gordon Tullock | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Private Interest Theory Debate: Gordon Tullocks argues.

  • DEBATE: Clarifying the Role of Ideas

    John Hyde | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Private Interest Theory Debate: John Hyde weighs in on the argument.

  • DEBATE: A Rejoinder

    John Fogarty | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Private Interest Theory Debate: John Quiggin's rejoinder. Page 5.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Foreign Debt Issue

    R. R. Officer | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's Foreign Debt: Myths and Realities by John Pitchford (Allen & Unwin, 1990.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Slow Uruguay Round But An Invigorated GATT

    Rod Tyers | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Challenge of Free Trade by Alan Oxley (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Case for Free Banking

    H. M. Boot | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The State and the Monetary System by Kevin Dowd (Philip Allan, 1989.)

  • FEATURE: Business Ethics and the 'Social Audit'

    Norman Barry | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In the first of two articles on business ethics, Norman Barry examines the argument that business corporations have 'social'...

  • NOTES & COMMENTS: Constitutional Consequences of the EC Social Charter

    Christopher Lingle | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Single European Market Act, providing for the completion of the internal market of the European Community (EC), is intended...

  • The Market Process and Environmental Amenities

    Terry L. Anderson | 06 May 1991 | Occasional Papers

    Most observers believe that free markets self-evidently harm the environment, and that the only available remedy is government...

  • FEATURE: Saying Farewell to Welfare: The End of Sweden's 'Third Way'

    Gabriel Stein | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Swedish government's recent proposals to cut public spending and to seek membership of the European Community signify...

  • FEATURE: There's Nothing Wrong with Australia's Trade Mix

    Tony Makin | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Arguments that Australia should increase its exports of manufactured goods frequently overlook the elementary economics of...

  • FEATURE: Privatising Australia's Ports

    Keith Trace | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The current reform of Australia's ports has baerly begun to bring them up to international standards of efficiency.

  • FEATURE: Australia's National Soil Conservation Strategy: Land Use Planning vs Free Markets

    Bruce Davidson | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Present policies to combat land degradation are based on questionable assumptions and that the problem is for the most part...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Not Transforming Industrial Relations

    Mark Wooden | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Transforming Industrial Relations edited by Michael Easson and Jeff Shaw (Pluto Press, 1990.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Apartheid as Rent Seeking

    Brian Dollery | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    South Africa's War Against Capitalism by Walter Williams (Praeger, 1989.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Economic Growth vs Rent Seekers

    John Fogarty | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Growth Recurring: Economic Change in World History by E. L. Jones (Clarendon Press, 1988) and Human History and Social Progress...

  • FEATURE: Strategic Trade Policies: Respectable Interventionism

    Winton Bates | 12 Dec 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Even as Australia's tariff barriers are falling, new arguments against free trade are being advanced, based on 'strategic...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Public Choice and Public Interest

    Michael James | 12 Dec 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Wealth, Poverty and Politics by Gordon Tullock (Basil Blackwell, 1988.)

  • FEATURE: The Green Movement: Its Origins, Goals and Relevance For a Liberal Society

    Richard Stroup | 12 Dec 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Whereas mainstream environmentalists seek a balance between economic growth and environmental protection, 'hard' environmentalists...

  • FEATURE: Western Trade Blocs and the New Protectionism

    Andrew Stoeckel, Gary Banks | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    The gains from reversing the rise of non-tariff trade barriers in the European Community and North America and potentially...

  • FEATURE: Reforming New Zealand's Labour Market: Back to Basics

    Douglas Myers | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    New Zealand governments have neglected labour market reform, despite the unpopularity of compulsory unionism and of the barriers...

  • FEATURE: Ending Australia's Inflation: The Need For Radical Monetary Reform

    Kevin Dowd | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    In the Winter 1990 issue of POLICY, Peter Jonson argued that inflation could best be controlled by making this the main task...

  • FEATURE: Australia's Economic and Social Immigration Policies: A Labour Market Perspective

    Leo Dobes | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    In the Winter 1989 issue of POLICY, Mark Harrison and John Logan proposed that Australia's annual immigration quota should...

  • FEATURE: Economic Nationalism in Papua New Guinea: Insitutions and Instruments

    John Millett | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Well before becoming politically independent in 1975, Papua New Guinea embarked on the quest for economic independence by...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Getting Keynes Right

    Colin Simkin | 09 Sep 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Keyne's Monetary Theory: A Different Interpretation by Allan Meltzer (Cambridge university Press, 1988.)

  • Do We Need a Reserve Bank?

    Lawrence White | 01 Jul 1990 | Policy Forum

    'Free Banking' is gaining increasing attention as a promising remedy for inflation. Could private agencies be involved in...

  • FEATURE: Why Microeconomic Reform Won't Reduce Foreign Debt

    Keith Lloyd | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Pressure on the Australian government to expedite its prorgam of microeconomic reform stems very largely from the belief...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Funding The States Fairly

    James Cox | 06 Jun 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Fiscal Equalisation, Allocative Efficiency and State Undertakings: The Commonwealth Grants Commission 1988 Report on Relativities...

  • Socialism Is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

    James M. Buchanan | 03 May 1990 | Occasional Papers

    In the seventh John Bonython Lecture, James Buchanan observes that the death of socialism has not been accompanied by the...

  • The Third World Debt Crisis: Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay?

    Peter T. Bauer | 13 Mar 1990 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, Lord Bauer questions the widely held belief that debt service is a major cause of poverty in Third...

  • FEATURE: The Politics of Successful Structural Reform

    Roger Douglas | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    OECD studies show that politicians tend, worldwide, to avoid structural reform until it is forced upon them by economic stagnation,...

  • FEATURE: Putting Australian Railways On The Right Track

    Ken Ogden | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian railway industry has begun to take steps to contain its huge deficits. Ken Ogden identifies the causes of...

  • FEATURE: Criminal Choice: An Economic View Of Life Outside The Law

    Cathy Buchanan, Peter Hartley | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Unlike the dominant sociological approach to crime and punishment, the economic approach treats criminals as rational choosers...

  • FEATURE: A New Political History of Economic Growth

    E. L. Jones | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic historians have emphasised Britain's 'unique' industrial revolution at the expense of earlier periods of rapid economic...

  • LETTERS: Wolfgang Kasper Vs Tony Makin On Foreign Debt

    Tony Makin, Wolfgang Kasper | 03 Mar 1990 | POLICY Magazine

    Does Foreign Debt matter?

  • FEATURE: Why Worry About The Capital Account Surplus?

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Official gloom about Australia's current account deficit can be dispelled by contemplating the benefits of the corresponding...

  • FEATURE: Foreign Investment In Rural Australia: The Positive Side

    Ian Robinson | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    A summary of the benefits of foreign investment and shows how it is enhancing Australia's rural export capacity.

  • FEATURE: How To Privatise Natural Monopolies

    Antony W. Dnes | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Opponents of privitisation often point out that transferring monopolies intact from the public sector to the private sector...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: The Economic of Status: Robert Frank's "Choosing The Right Pond"

    Chandran Kukathas | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    How much welfare would we forgo to retain our social status? A great deal, according to Robert H. Frank, whose book Choosing...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Concensus Rules OK

    Michael James | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Economic Policy in Australia 1983-1988 by Michael Keating and Geoff Dixon (Longman Cheshire, 1989.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: An ABC of Trading Blocs

    Gary Banks | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Unequal Trade: The Economics of Discriminatory International trade Practices by Richard Pomfret (Basil Blackwell, 1988.)

  • Regulating for Competition? Trade Practices Policy in a Changing Economy

    Michael James | 01 Dec 1989 | Policy Forum

    Arguments for a greater reliance on market forces to protect consumer welfare are explored in this collection by leading...

  • FEATURE: High Interest Rates: Problems and Solutions

    Rodney Hide | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian government justifies its tight monetary policy and the high interest rates that flow from it by the need to...

  • FEATURE: Retirement Income Policies for a Dynamic Economy

    Roger Kerr | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Economic and demographic pressures are prompting governments to abandon their earlier commitments to the universal provision...

  • FEATURE: How Government Purchasing and Offset Programs Distort the Economy

    Garry M. White | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Purchasing preference and offset policies are little-known forms of industry protection, yet can be just as damaging as the...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Much Ado About Little: An Attempt To Restore Leviathan

    Brian Dollery | 09 Sep 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Microeconomics and the Public Economy: A Defence of the Leviathan by John Cullis and Philip Jones (Basil Blackwell, Oxford,...

  • FEATURE: Does Australia Really Have a Current Account Problem?

    John Pitchford | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's current account deficit consists very largely of additions to the private sector's foreign debt. John Pitchford...

  • FEATURE: Some Doubts About a Consumption Tax

    John Logan, Terry Dwyer | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The introduction of a broad-based consumption tax in Australia is widely regarded as inevitable. Terry Dwyer and John Logan...

  • FEATURE: Faulty Lines in the Telecom Bill

    Ian Cunliffe | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    In its May 1988 Economic Statement the federal govenrment foreshadowed a Telecommunications Bill that would promote access,...

  • FEATURE: Home Ownership- Auistralian Dream or Australian Disease?

    Tom Valentine | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Government ministers sometimes criticise the banks for charging high mortgage interest rates but in fact rely on them to...

  • FEATURE: The Failing Symbiosis: Labour Market Regulation and the Welfare State in Australia

    P.A. McGavin | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    'Symbiosis' is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as 'union between organisms each of which depends for its existence...

  • FEATURE: The Open Society Revisited

    Naomi Moldofsky | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Dr Naomi Moldofsky insists that the Open Society that Karl Popper advocates is impossible without an open market system.

  • FEATURE: How To Cut Public Spending

    John Freebairn | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Government ministers claim that public spending cannot be further reduced without harming the welfare of the Australian people....

  • FEATURE: Monetary Policy: Accountability and Independence

    Peter Jonson | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Official reluctance to publicise changes to monetary policy has  focussed attention on the policy role of the Reserve Bank...

  • FEATURE: Depoliticising Australia Post

    Robert Albon | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The recent revelation of Australia Post's plans to close many uneconomic post offices and to replace them with post agencies...

  • FEATURE: Long-Duration Unemployment: 'Losers' or 'Choosers'?

    P.A. McGavin | 03 Mar 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulation of labour markets and the operation of the welfare state in Australia interact to encourage the emergence of long-duration...

  • Social Welfare: The Changing Debate

    David Green | 05 May 1988 | Occasional Papers

    David D. Green’s monograph Social Welfare: The Changing Debate, summarises the research findings and arguments of several...

  • Restraining Leviathan: Small Government in Practice

    Michael James | 01 Oct 1987 | Policy Forum

    This collection seeks to increase our understanding of the scope and opportunities we have for making substantial and permenent...

  • Beyond the Current Pessimism

    Ray Ball | 05 Aug 1987 | Occasional Papers

    Professor Ray Ball gives a personal interpretation of the historical roots of Australia’s economic malaise.

  • Takeovers and Corporate Control: Towards a New Regulatory Environment

    Peter Dodd | 01 Jul 1987 | Policy Forum

    These papers from a CIS conference on takeovers represent a wide variety of viewpoints on the pros and cons of an unregulated...

  • Australian Takeovers: The Evidence 1972-1985

    Peter Dodd, R.R Officer, Steven Bishop | 16 Apr 1987 | Policy Monographs

  • The Enemies of Progress

    Ralph Harris | 05 Aug 1986 | Occasional Papers

    In the third John Bonython Lecture, Ralph Harris recounts the advances that economic freedom and entrepreneurship have brought...

  • Corporate Control, Economic Efficiency and Shareholder Justice

    Peter Dodd, R.R Officer | 18 May 1986 | Policy Monographs

    This book is an examination of the theoretical background and economics of the market for corporate control.

  • The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology

    R.M. Hartwell | 05 Dec 1985 | Occasional Papers

    In the Second John Bonython Lecture, Professor R. M. Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to...

  • Private Correspondence: Competition or Monolopy in Australia's Postal Services?

    Robert Albon | 18 Oct 1985 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Albon believes that the most important and practical way to improve postal services to the public is to allow competition.

  • Trial Without Error: Anticipation vs Resilence as Strategies for Risk Reduction

    Aaron Wildavsky | 19 Aug 1985 | Occasional Papers

    Safety regulations are proliferating at a great rate in society today, attempting to protect us from hundreds of known and...

  • Enterprise: Free, Dependent or Captor?

    Warren Hogan | 08 Aug 1985 | Occasional Papers

    The relationship between government and business is the theme of this essay. Each depends on the other, and each uses the...

  • The Case Against the Arbitration Commission

    P.P. McGuinness | 26 Apr 1985 | Occasional Papers

    The Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission is the main obstacle to much-needed reform of industrial relations...

  • Capital Xenophobia: Australia's Controls of Foreign Investment

    Wolfgang Kasper | 18 Dec 1984 | Policy Monographs

    An early study by the CIS which supported the lifting of controls on  foreign investment in Australia.

  • Changes in the Air? Issues in Domestic Aviation Policy

    Christopher Findlay | 01 Dec 1984 | Policy Forum

    The papers in this volume examine various aspects of domestic aviation in Australia in light of economic research and attempt...

  • Occupational Regualtion and the Public Interest

    Robert Albon | 01 Mar 1984 | CIS Readings

    Edited by Robert Albon and Greg Lindsay with contributions from 12 authors. Does occupational regulation serve the public...

  • The Role of the Entreprenuer in the Economic System

    Israel Kirzner | 16 Feb 1984 | Occasional Papers

    In the Inaugural John Bonython Lecture, Israel Kirzner strongly defends the entrepreneur's role in keeping our economy healthy...

  • Democracy in Crisis

    Michael Jensen | 05 Oct 1983 | Occasional Papers

    Michael C. Jensen and William H. Meckling argue that the capacity of modern governments to transfer property rights unilaterally...

  • The Resource Rent Tax. A Penality of Risk Taking

    John Bowers, Ray Ball | 16 Aug 1983 | Policy Monographs

    We see no evidence that the Australian resources industries are not competitive. Therefore if the RRT were a true resources...

  • The Entreprenuer in Society

    Barry Maley | 01 Apr 1983 | Policy Forum

    These papers explore the role of the entreprenuer in society.

  • The Economics of Bureacracy and Statutory Authorities

    Gordon Tullock | 01 Jan 1983 | Policy Forum

    This book looks at how government enterprises and regulatory agencies are evaluated by their efficiency and in terms of...

  • Rationalising Rustic Regulation

    Ted Sieper | 26 Feb 1982 | Special Publications

    A landmark discussion of agricultural policy in Australia.  Written in 1982, Ted Sieper asks 'who gains' with respect to...

  • A New Financial Revolution? An International Review of the Campbell Report

    Malcolm Fisher | 01 Feb 1982 | CIS Readings

    A Review of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Australian Financial System (1981) which was considered the most...

  • Lessons from the Ord

    B.R. Davidson | 01 Jan 1982 | Policy Monographs

    The Ord Scheme, indeed, offers ample ammunition for those who take the extreme view that responsibility is directly proportional...

  • Liberty, Justice and the Market

    Lauchlan Chipman | 12 Dec 1981 | Occasional Papers

    Lauchlan Chipman challenges us not only to reject the notion that there is a conflict between liberty, justice and the market,...

  • The Rhetoric and Reality of Income Redistribution

    Gordon Tullock | 25 Sep 1981 | Occasional Papers

    In this survey of a variety of aspects of income redistribution, Gordon Tullock asks not that we should necessarily change...

  • Taxation, Inflation and the Role of the Government

    Milton Friedman | 05 Jun 1981 | Occasional Papers

    In this publication, the proceedings of a seminar conducted by the Centre for Independent Studies, Milton Friedman is joined...

  • Rent Control: Costs and Consequences

    Robert Albon | 01 Sep 1980 | CIS Readings

    Essays on the history and the economic and social consequences of rent control on Australia and overseas.

  • On Buying a Job: The Regulation of a Taxicab in Canberra

    Peter Swan | 12 Dec 1979 | Policy Monographs

    Throughout the world, the taxi industry attracts government regulation. Government agencies determine what vehicles may be...

  • Wage-Price Control: Myth and Reality

    Sudha R. Shenoy | 01 Feb 1978 | CIS Readings

    Edited by Sudha R Shenoy with a foreword by Professor C.G.F. Simkin. Contributions by Samuel Britan, Michael Darby, Lee Eckermann,...

  • FEATURE: Saving Italy From Itself

    Antonio Martino | 30 Nov -0001 | POLICY Magazine

    In his budget of 10 July 1992, Guiliano Amato, Italy's new Prime Minister, increased taxes and cut public spending in an...