Labour Market

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

Publications

I, Mechanical Pencil: Why a socialist economy can never work
Steven Kates
06 February 2019 | PP14

Socialism brings poverty and oppression. The ignorance of so many as to why only a market economy is capable of bringing prosperity and political freedom is a major problem. Too many believe a socialist utopia can be achieved if only the right people took the…

Why we should defend capitalism
Eugenie Joseph
28 November 2018 | PP12

Capitalism has become a controversial idea in recent years; yet economic markets and free enterprise are responsible for lifting millions of people out of abject poverty, improving the quality of life around the world, and creating shared prosperity. Capitalism has also proven effective at sustaining…

UBI – Universal Basic Income is an Unbelievably Bad Idea
Simon Cowan
05 November 2017 | RR32

The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), paid by the government to its citizens with few restrictions, has been around for a long time. One of the main justifications for introducing a UBI is the impending changes to the labour market as a result…

Reforming Social Housing: financing and tenant autonomy
Michael Potter
27 April 2017 | RR25

Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs.…

Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

Media & Commentary

Why Socialism always fails
Steven Kates
15 March 2019 | Spectator

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial Who’s Afraid of Socialism laid out the case that much of the US Democratic platform met the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of socialism. In particular,…

Claims of tax gender bias are absurd
Simon Cowan
09 June 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The sheer absurdity of claims that the Turnbull government’s income tax cuts are gender biased will hopefully represent the apex of the current obsession with redistributive fairness. The fact that…

Canberra needs more people like Peter Reith
Tom Switzer
02 April 2018 | Sydney Morning Herald

It is almost exactly 20 years since the epic waterfront dispute. Even at this distance in time, the details of one of the most dramatic episodes in Australian economic history…

ACTU campaign will axe jobs and hurt consumers
Matthew O’Donnell, Eugenie Joseph
21 March 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE

The ACTU campaign for the government to introduce burdensome restrictions on flexible work is a disingenuous move to clamp down on the choices of independent workers and consumers, Centre for…

Robot truck drivers shape up as a heavy load
Tom Switzer
01 January 2018 | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The robots are coming to the rescue. So screamed a headline about artificial intelligence. The article appeared recently in The Times of London and it reported that, just as automation and outsourcing will boost…