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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.

It's time to end Western Australia's $4 billion-per-year GST bonus

Jun 01, 2023 11:38 am UTC| Economy

The Morrison governments decision to give a special deal to Western Australia for the distribution of the income from the goods and service tax is one of the worst public policy decisions made in Australia in the past two...

Tax breaks cost a reported $250 billion, but handle these new figures with care

Mar 04, 2023 11:57 am UTC| Economy

Treasurer Jim Chalmers promised a Tax Expenditures Statement by the end of February and he delivered this week, just in time, on Tuesday February 28. The statement contains many headline-grabbing figures about the cost...

Success in life is tied to parental education. That's why we need to track intergenerational school performance

Feb 14, 2023 12:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

The notion of the fair go is meant to be central to Australias national ethos. Its not easy to define, but most of us would agree it means the chance to reach your full potential, regardless of your background. This...

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...

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Economy

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

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Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

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South Africa’s military is expected to do more than ever with tighter budgets: how the force has declined over 30 years

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Politics

200 million voters, 820,000 polling stations and 10,000 candidates: Indonesia’s massive election, by the numbers

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How Muslim teachings support political dynasties in Indonesia

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Russia’s next election is likely to put Putin in power for longer than anyone since Peter the Great

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Rwanda deal: why the media should focus more on the policy and less on the politics of immigration

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Biden’s ‘hard look’ at liquefied natural gas exports raises a critical question: How does natural gas fit with US climate goals?

The Biden administration has frozen pending decisions on permit applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to countries other than U.S. free trade partners. During this pause, which will last for up to 15...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

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Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

LG Electronics to Debut High-Tech Bathroom Fixtures

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Reddit Strikes $60M AI Content Deal with Google Ahead of Anticipated IPO

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Samsung Expands S24 AI Innovations to Galaxy S23 and More with One UI 6.1 Update

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Cybertruck Production Accelerates as Over 100 Units Spotted at Giga Texas

Teslas Cybertruck ramp-up appears to proceed as intended, as approximately one hundred units were observed today outside Giga, Texas. Tesla Cybertruck Hits Production Milestone Undoubtedly, inquiries about the...
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