Person

Matthew Cowgill

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Matt Cowgill
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.
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...
Report

Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable

Younger consumers are spending more on private hospital insurance, but getting less value for their money. The industry faces major issues, as costs for older people rise and younger people leave. This report lays out a transition to make private hospital care better value for...
Working paper

Budget blues: why the Stage 3 income tax cuts should wait

This paper argues that the economy is softening, the budget position is uncertain, and calls for the Morrison Government to use fiscal policy to stimulate the economy are growing. Tax cuts now could provide that stimulus, but there are big risks from locking in major...
Commentary

Your income tax questions answered in three easy charts: Labor and Coalition proposals side by side

Despite the hype, the personal income tax system will look pretty similar for the next three years regardless of which party wins office.