Jonathan Pincus


A greater Australia: population, policies and governance

Introduction Demography and politics The population of Australia was estimated at 22.8 million in February 2012, making it the 51st most populous country in the world. With a settlement pattern dominated by six major cities, Australia is one of the most heavily urbanised countries in...
Journal article

Reflection on microeconomic policy frameworks in Australia, and a suggestion about fairness

For economists, the main test of a microeconomic policy change is its effect on efficiency: gains minus losses, equally weighted. However, it is standard economics that individuals value losses more than gains. Moreover, imposing large, uncompensated and uninsurable policy-induced losses would be widely regarded as...

Six myths about federal-state financial relations

The Australian federal system must be judged as one of the most successful in modern history, argues Jonathan Pincus. In this paper he argues that a key to its success is the evolution of Australian federal arrangements in response to changing circumstances. Federalism can continue...