Grattan Institute

Report

Fast train fever: why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t

This report shows that while a bullet train may be a captivating idea, it’s not realistic for Australia. Our population is small and spread over vast distances; the countries most like us – Canada and the United States – don’t have bullet trains either.
Report

Start with steel: a practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions

Australia has an historic opportunity to create a multi-billion-dollar, export-focused manufacturing sector based on globally competitive renewable energy. This report outlines a practical plan that could be a win-win-win: it would create a new export industry, support carbon workers, and cut emissions.
Working paper

Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock

Australia’s governments are rightly spending record amounts trying to cushion Australian workers and businesses from the worst impacts of this unprecedented crisis. This paper shows that the economic shock from COVID-19 is going to be so big that more support will be needed.
Report

Top teachers: sharing expertise to improve teaching

A new career path for expert teachers could transform Australian schools and boost student learning by 18 months by the time they turn 15.
Working paper

No free lunch: higher superannuation means lower wages

This working paper uses administrative data on 80,000 federal workplace agreements made between 1991 and 2018 to show that about 80 per cent of the cost of increases in super is passed to workers through lower wage rises within the life of an enterprise agreement...