Minimum wage

Briefing paper

The tale of Goldilocks and the three fears (about the minimum wage)

This article recommends that the New Zealand Government commission impartial research on a series of issues that continue to be raised in discussions of the minimum wage in New Zealand. The purpose of this research is to build an agreed fact base upon which debate...

Just reward: the case for a wage rise after COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission’s 2021 Annual Wage Review is occurring in the context of the most uncertain economic outlook Australia has experienced in decades. This report outlines the case for a significant increase in the minimum wage, which will flow through to higher take-home pay...
Working paper

Minimum wages in New Zealand: policy and practice in the 21st century

This report reviews the motivations for minimum wages and the changes and analyses how they have affected workers outcomes.

Minimum wages to the maximum: the risks of lifting the minimum wage

The report argues for a much higher minimum wage to help reduce inequality and lift productivity. This is despite the fact that the minimum wage was already increased from $17.70 to $18.90 in April of this year. In particular, the report recommends a “living wage”...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Josh Frydenberg told Q&A the minimum wage has been growing at a faster rate than inflation and the average wage. Is he correct?

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg claims that workers on the minimum wage have fared better under the Coalition than when Labor was last in government.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Have 700,000 of the poorest-paid people received an effective pay cut?

In February 2017, the Fair Work Commission decided to reduce minimum Sunday and public holiday rates for some award workers in the retail, pharmacy and hospitality industries. Opposition spokeswoman for justice Clare O'Neil claims it amounts to a pay cut.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does the minimum wage increase unemployment?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten claims the evidence from Europe shows the minimum wage doesn't contribute to unemployment levels.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Adam Bandt says that one in four people in poverty work full time. Is he correct?

In the lead up to the federal election, Greens MP Adam Bandt called for the minimum wage to be increased to a so-called "living wage", claiming that nearly one in four people in poverty worked full-time.
Working paper

A basic income for Australia? Exploring rationale, design, distribution and cost

This paper considers the potential for a basic income or guaranteed minimum income scheme for Australia. Proposals advocated by the Henderson Poverty Inquiry in 1975, the rationale for a basic income and work incentive effects are discussed. Four models for an Australian implementation are proposed...

An earnings standard for New York City's app-based drivers: economic analysis and policy assessment

This report addresses a critical public policy challenge facing the City of New York—the low pay of app-based drivers.