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ANU Crawford School of Public Policy


Economics of tax policy


Two-day short course


20th November 2015
21st November 2015


#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Robert Breunig
Shane Johnson


A$2,200 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

In this beginner level course you will examine recent developments in the design of tax policy, and learn the economic foundations and practical economic tools needed to consider and design tax policy.

Course overview


Tax reform is challenging. Tax analysis is becoming increasingly important as governments look to reform their tax systems to increase revenue, improve equity and reduce costs and complexity.

This two day program provides an overview of Australia’s current tax system and covers the basic economic foundations and tools required to consider and design tax policy. Drawing on basic microeconomic tools, this course covers a wide variety of taxes including consumption taxes, personal income tax, company taxation, superannuation, corrective taxes, taxes on natural resources, and tax expenditures.

This course will cover:

· recent trends in the Australian tax system and a comparison with other tax systems around the world;

· the main features of Australia’s tax system; and

· the economic foundations and tools needed to consider and design tax policy.

Course convenor


Professor Robert Breunig

Robert Breunig conducts research in three main areas: economics of the household; empirical industrial organisation; and statistical and econometric theory.

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 techniques.

Robert Breunig’s research agenda has 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.

Mr Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson is a PhD student and Sir Roland Wilson Foundation Scholar at Crawford School of Public Policy. Shane’s current research interests are focused on examining taxpayers’ understanding of, and responses to, the Australian taxation system. Prior to commencing his studies Shane was at the Department of the Treasury where he worked in a wide range of policy advising roles, primarily focusing on taxation and macroeconomic policy.

Course time:
9.30am–4.30pm 20 November 2015
9.30am–4.30pm 21 November 2015
Venue: #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: A$2,200 GST incl; Group discounts applicable

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