Economic Policy

economic-policy

The Centre for Independent Studies is guided by the philosophy of free markets and individual responsibility. Our economic policy research centres on ideas that will strengthen Australia’s economy for the future and challenge the reach of big government.

With ongoing uncertainty for economies around the world, the CIS’ research into financial and monetary issues is more vital than ever in helping shape public policy.

Continuing economic reform is desperately needed in Australia, and that is why our TARGET30 program seeks to reduce waste in government and in the public sector, and to bring government spending under control.

For more information on our economic research, please proceed to:

 

Publications

  1. Eight Housing Affordability Myths

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australians are conflicted in their attitude to the long-run change in real house prices because they are both investors... Read More...

  2. Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    Robert Carling | 09 Jul 2014 | Special Publications

    Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more... Read More...

  3. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  4. Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary... Read More...

  5. Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The government needs a better way to drive efficiency in the public sector. The government has been relying on the efficiency... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Singapore has the right prescription

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Individuals should be allowed to opt out of Medicare and assume more responsibility for funding their own healthcare.... Read More

  2. Australia mustn't jump the gun on macro-prudential policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Jul 2014 | Business Spectator

    There are good reasons for Australia not to follow other countries in making greater use of macro-prudential policy instruments.... Read More

  3. Hockey’s tax receipts don’t reveal the deficit

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    What do Joe Hockey's new tax receipts for individuals really tell us about what the government spends and receives?... Read More

  4. HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  5. You get senators on side by getting voters on side

    Simon Cowan | 11 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Many of the Abbott government's key reforms seem unlikely to get through the new Senate.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. What the RBA really said about renting versus buying

    Stephen Kirchner | 25 Jul 2014

    A recent Reserve Bank paper makes an excellent case for being indifferent between renting or buying before the fact....

  2. Why we need structural budget reform

    Tom Camp | 25 Jul 2014

    Some of the Abbott government’s challenges come from the Howard government failing to make the most of the windfall gain ...

  3. Welfare review flags significant reforms for public housing

    Matthew Taylor | 18 Jul 2014

    Aligning public housing subsidies in favour of a flat rate of assistance would improve workforce participation incentives....

  4. Does fair paid parental leave mean taxpayers cop the bill?

    Matthew Taylor | 11 Jul 2014

    The Coalition’s paid parental leave proposal sends a clear message that the parenting of some is superior to that of others....

  5. Improving housing affordability begins at home

    Stephen Kirchner | 11 Jul 2014

    The increase in house prices over the last few decades is well explained by economic fundamentals....

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