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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.

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

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

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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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