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Matthew Saunders

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Wage price spiral or price wage spiral?

While significant concerns have been raised about the inflationary impacts of a five percent increase in the minimum wage, in reality, the authors of this paper argue that the direct inflationary impact of a five percent increase in all wages is only 1.27 percent, and...
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Permanent and political: an analysis of federal government spending post-pandemic

This paper argues that while an increase in Commonwealth spending is not itself evidence of a problem, the fact that the Morrison Government has failed to deliver on its commitment to rely only on temporary increases in expenditure creates several economic and democratic problems.
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Dam bad ideas – the lack of economic evidence for dam building in Australia

This paper argues that while dams have come to perform an important symbolic function in Australian politics, there is no evidence that their economic function is proportionate to their cost.
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Impacts of beer excise rate cut

This paper discusses proposals to halve the beer excise in Australia. The authors suggest it could cost around a billion dollars over the next five years and undermine policies to reduce the abuse of alcohol.
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Overpromise and underdeliver – a brief history of Australian climate plans

The Morrison Government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with ‘technology not taxes’ is neither plausible nor original. This analysis shows that back in 1997, the Howard Government announced a similar plan, with no carbon price and no regulatory restrictions on fossil fuels, that failed...