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Robert Breunig

Robert Breunig

Professor of Economics, Australian National University

Robert Breunig conducts research in three main areas: economics of the household; empirical industrial organisation; and statistical and econometric theory. In recent work, he has studied the inter-generational transmission of dependence on government assistance; he has examined the relationship between women’s labour supply and child care policy and studied optimal child care subsidy policies; he has examined the complex relationship between outsourcing and innovation; and he has evaluated new econometric techniques for analysing panel data models of binary outcomes.

He publishes regularly in respected, international journals. His research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates. His work is characterised by careful empirical study and appropriate use of statistical technique.

Robert Breunig’s research agenda have led to many partnerships with government organisations in Australia and overseas. He works regularly with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Innovation as well as many other agencies. He has been a consultant to private sector on marketing, mergers, bank competition and customer loyalty programs.

Robert Breunig particularly enjoys interaction outside of typical academic circles and takes pleasure in helping those who don’t usually use economics or statistical analysis to better understand and make use of these tools in their work. He has an extensive track record of helping the public service to build research capacity which he views as a particularly important activity.

He has received grant support from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Australian Research Council.

We need to restart immigration quickly to drive economic growth. Here's one way to do it safely

Oct 15, 2020 14:24 pm UTC| Economy

Faced with a difficult economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia needs to act quickly with creative solutions to reestablish immigration into the country, even before a potential vaccine is found. Over the...

Progressive in theory, regressive in practice: that's how we tax income from savings

Jul 21, 2020 14:24 pm UTC| Investing Economy

Were told Australia has a progressive tax system the more you earn, the higher the rate. And thats certainly the case for earnings from wages. An Australian on A$35,000 sacrifices 21 cents out of each extra dollar they...

Not so bad. Most of us who work long hours like the jobs we are in. Those who don't, change jobs quickly

Sep 02, 2019 23:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

No biggie. Most of us who overwork like the jobs we are in. Those who dont change jobs fairly quickly Overwork? Most of us who work long hours like our jobs. Those who dont, move on We are forever being told that we...

Traditional culture may help Indigenous households manage money better

Oct 31, 2018 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Real Estate

Few areas of public policy are as hotly debated as how to close the income gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. There are some uncontroversial goals, such as improving job opportunities and reducing the...

Migrant Crisis Series

New research shows immigration has only a minor effect on wages

Mar 28, 2017 10:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Economic arguments against immigration often take two forms immigrants either suppress the wages of workers, or immigration creates higher unemployment. But our research shows that the impact of immigration on the labour...

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Economy

S. Korea fines 7 local steelmakers 300 billion won over price collusion

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined Hyundai Steel Co. and six other steelmakers a combined 300 billion won for colluding to fix the purchase price of steel scrap. It marked the fourth-largest amount of fines...

Starbucks suffers 5% dip in quarterly sales

Starbucks Corp. reported a 5 percent drop in sales in the first quarter ending Dec. 27, more than analysts estimates of a 3.4 percent decline, as the soaring number of coronavirus cases in the United States kept customers...

S. Koreans spend 12.2 trillion won on top food delivery services in 2020

South Koreans spent 12.2 trillion won on the countrys top two food delivery services, Baedal Minjok and Yogiyo, last year, up 75 percent from 6.95 trillion won in 2019, according to the data from industry tracker...

Toyota seeks simplification of Indian laws to improve ease of doing business

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is seeking for a simplification of Indian laws to improve ease of doing business, roll out of scrappage policy, and lowering of customs duties on imported vehicle parts in the upcoming Union...

UBS Q4 profit jumps 137% to $1.7 billion

UBS posted a fourth-quarter net profit of $1.708 billion, representing a 137 percent increase, as high levels of client activity helped the worlds largest wealth manager end 2020 on a strong note. Consequently, it far...

Politics

World War 3 warning: Fears rise as China sends ballistic missile launchers to Himalayan border

The long-running dispute between India and China over the Himalayan border could potentially escalate into world war 3 due to the countries that may get involved. Following the altercations that happened months prior,...

Ivanka Trump speculation: Florida Senator Marco Rubio says first daughter will have a 'tough' fight if she runs for Senate

Following the exit of the Trump administration last week, Donald Trumps daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has stayed under the radar. With growing speculations that Ms. Trump would be seeking a Senate run to...

Melania Trump divorce: Piers Morgan says ex-FLOTUS will not rush into divorcing husband Donald Trump

As of late, more speculations have circulated on whether former first lady Melania Trump will stay or leave former President Donald Trump now that they have left the White House. Controversial TV personality Piers Morgan...

Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani sued for defamation by Dominion

Donald Trumps attempts to overturn the election results have ultimately resulted in his impeachment in the last stretch of his term as president. The after-effects of the attempts have also affected his close allies,...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

Amazon launches $5/month Alexa Guard Plus service that makes speakers bark like a dog

People now live in a world of subscription-based services, and Amazon has just introduced its new offering to pair with its Echo speakers. The company just launched the Alexa Guard Plus that, as the name suggests, presents...

Apple Watch Series 7 is reportedly launching with a non-invasive blood sugar level monitoring feature

The Apple Watch Series 7 could be a vital gadget for smartwatch users with diabetes. The upcoming wearable device is reportedly launching with a new medical monitoring feature later this year. Apple Watch Series 7 is...

OnePlus 9 devices reportedly launching with 120Hz display and 65W fast charging

The OnePlus 9 series has been mentioned in a new leak claiming a couple of significant upgrades are in the works. Devices included in the lineup are expected to have a display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate and an...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch 1.1 doesn’t completely fix the bugged Takemura quest

CD Projekt Red delivered its promise to release patch 1.1 for Cyberpunk 2077 this month. While its patch notes are filled with much-needed gameplay fixes, players found that it also comes with a new bug that affects a main...

More Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments anticipated in 2021, research predicts

A market research predicts the Samsung Galaxy S21 would perform better than the Galaxy S20 lineup last year. However, another report claims that the company has laid out quite a conservative estimation of units to be...
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