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Why robots won’t end jobs and don’t justify universal basic income – Paul Kerin

In his article in yesterday’s Australian, “Busting the ‘End of Jobs’ Myth”, Paul Kerin explains why robots and other forms of automation won’t create mass involuntary unemployment and therefore why universal basic income would be an unnecessary and inefficient response. The full article is available here.

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Billion-dollar concessional loan a waste of taxpayers’ money – Paul Kerin

In a recent article in The Australian, Paul Kerin presents evidence that the sharemarket expects Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland to create substantial shareholder value. This demonstrates that the Federal government’s proposed $1 billion dollar loan to Adani would be a waste of taxpayers’ money. The full article is available here.

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Put an end to location-based subsidies – Paul Kerin

In a recent article in The Australian, Paul Kerin argues that location-based subsidies are pervasive and substantial, but make us worse-off. Using examples from the health, insurance telecommunications and utilities sectors, he explains why. The full article is available here    

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Privatisation is beneficial, but deal design is important – Paul Kerin

In a recent article in The Australian, Paul Kerin assessed the proposed partial privatisation of electricity network business Western Power by the WA government. He argued that while the proposal is better than continued full government ownership, it won’t deliver the full potential benefits due to several key design choices. The full article is available […]

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Chief executives and chairs never like short sellers – Paul Kerin

‘Chief executives and chairs never like short sellers’, points out Professor Paul Kerin in an article in The Australian this week.  He argues however that short sellers provide very valuable public services.  Read the full story here

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Electricity and the perils of second-best thinking – Paul Kerin

In an article in Wednesday’s Australian, Paul Kerin argues that our governments should focus on “first-best” environmental and energy policies to best serve the overall public interest. He warns that the negative consequences of second-best policy choices (such as the large-scale renewable energy target (LRET) and the maximum price cap (MPC) on wholesale electricity) are […]

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Benefits of free trade and better FTA governance – Paul Kerin on Alan Jones

Paul Kerin appeared on Alan Jones’ radio program yesterday making the case for free trade and the need to improve governance arrangements that would help ensure that future Free Trade Agreements deliver more of the considerable benefits that are potentially available. This follows on from the article that 7 leading economists (including former Industries Assistance […]

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The looming downside of household leverage – Mike Fitzsimmons & Paul Kerin

Today’s Australian contains a piece by Mike Fitzsimmons and Paul Kerin. The authors note the substantial increase is household leverage over the last quarter of a century, particularly the rise  (more than tripling) of household debt relative to cash disposable income. While this may in part be a good thing (reflecting better credit access in […]

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Call for key reforms in trade negotiations

I was honoured to be one of the economists who put their names to a major feature in today’s Australian, titled “Free trade mythology”. Despite the title, we are very much pro free trade – but we call for a number of reforms to our trade negotiation and communication governance processes and a renewed emphasis on […]

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Voting again beats minority government – Paul Kerin

In an article in today’s Australian, I expand on the argument I made on the Adelaide Economic Policy Forum article last Monday (available here) that unless one party can form a majority Federal government, it would be in the public interest to go back to the polls. The key point is that a majority government […]

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