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Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips

Associate Professor, Centre for Social Research and Methods, Director, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Research School of Economics, Australian National University
Ben is an Associate Professor at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and the Director of the Research School of Economics' Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ben leads the microsimulation modelling team at the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) which produces the PolicyMod model of the Australian Tax and Transfer system. The team recently modelled the 2018-19 Federal Budget and has undertaken a number of modelling projects modelling the Australian childcare system.

Prior to this Ben was Principal Research Fellow at NATSEM where he led STINMOD, NATSEM's static microsimulation model of Australia's income tax and transfer system. Ben's main interest is the application of social and economic models to important social and economic policy matters such as income inequality, social exclusion, housing affordability and demographic change, taxation and social security and policy development.

Ben has published several reports with AMP in the areas of the cost of living, housing affordability, childcare and household debt.

Ben has a wide range of experience in both the public and private sector over the past 20 years in the field of economics and statistics. Prior to working with NATSEM and the ANU, Ben was a senior economist with the Housing Industry Association where he was responsible for housing and economic forecasting within the Economics Group. Ben also played an integral role in developing housing policy and analysis for housing affordability. He presented widely to conferences, industry groups and had a large media presence.

Ben has also worked as a methodologist with the Australia Bureau of Statistics for five years and an economic forecaster with the Bureau of Tourism Research.

Yes, childcare is costly, but nowhere near as costly as recent reports suggest – here's why

Oct 31, 2023 09:15 am UTC| Life

Childcare in Australia is generally regarded as expensive. And its true that prices charged by some centres, particularly long daycare centres, can be pretty steep, climbing to as much as A$200 per day or more in...

Higher prices have hit most people but homeowners have felt it harder than renters

Aug 24, 2023 07:16 am UTC| Economy

Cost of living pressures are acute for some, but in different ways for different types of household. The Australian Bureau of Statistics consumer price index has climbed by 6% per year for each of the past two...

Rent crisis? Average rents are increasing less than you might think

Sep 05, 2022 04:23 am UTC| Economy Real Estate

You wouldnt know it from the pages of our daily newspapers, but the rate of growth in rents has been pretty modest. Not everywhere, not for everyone, but for most Australians who rent. According to the most recent...

Inflation isn't the 6.1% they say it is – for many of us, it is much lower

Aug 04, 2022 04:46 am UTC| Economy

We learnt last week inflation is officially 6.1% way above the average over the past 20 years of 2.5%. This is right in the middle of the Reserve Banks 2-3% target band. But although the rate is now 6.1%, not everybody...

Those future tax cut promises... they're nowhere near as big as you'd think

Apr 08, 2019 05:31 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The 2018 budget contained big tax measures worth A$143 billion over the next decade initially targeted at lower and middle income Australians, but after five or so years to be heavily weighted towards higher income...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

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

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

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

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

With over half the worlds population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us and the warnings are dire. The World Economic Forum declared misinformation a top societal threat over the next two years...

Vladimir Putin’s history war where truth is the first casualty

The Kremlins decision to sanction several UK historians for their allegedly erroneous coverage of Russian history shows the extent to which Vladimir Putins regime is doubling down on its view of Ukraine as historically...

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

The recent release of a leaked transcript of a private WhatsApp group for Jewish writers, artists, musicians and academics has stirred a controversy that has led to threats of violence, a family in hiding, and the...

Tasmania is going to an early election. Will the country’s last Liberal state be no more?

After months of speculation about an early election and a battle to keep minority government alive, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff Australias last remaining Liberal Premier has called an election for March 23, three...

Who will be picked for vice president? Let’s discuss who’s qualified for the job

The November presidential election might seem far away, but its time for the veepstakes already. You know, that favorite game of pundits, politicos and political junkies who, every four years, obsess over the presidential...

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

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

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

Nintendo Switch 2 May Struggle to Match Xbox Series S Performance, Leak Suggests

Much has been said about the performance level anticipated for the Nintendo Switch 2 console, but a prominent leak suggests that the console will have difficulty matching the Xbox Series S. Leaker Casts Doubt on...

NXU Breakthrough: Cybertruck Charged at Non-Tesla Station with Universal Tech

NXU, an energy storage and electric vehicle provider, recently charged a Cybertruck at a non-Tesla DC rapid charging station using NACS. NXU Pioneers with First-Ever Third-Party NACS Charging of a Tesla...

Google to Remove Popular Indian Apps from Play Store for Policy Violations

Google LLC has warned that it will be forced to pull out at least 10 Indian apps from its Play Store due to non-compliance with its policies. Some apps affected may include the most popular ones in the country. Apps at...

OpenAI to Expand Board Amid Regulatory Challenges, Names New Members Soon

OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, is currently facing legal issues and regulatory scrutiny, and amid these troubles, it revealed its plan to appoint new board members. OpenAI is expected to name several new board members...
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