Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Professor Robert Breunig is one of Australia’s leading Public Policy Economists. His research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates, and his work is characterized by careful empirical study and appropriate use of statistical technique.
Professor Breunig’s research agenda has led to many partnerships with government organizations in Australia and overseas and he works regularly with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Employment, the Department of Industry, the Department of Communication and the Arts, the Productivity Commission, the Australian Bureau of Statistics as well as many other agencies. He has been a consultant to the private sector on marketing, mergers, bank competition and customer loyalty programs.
Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. Dr Hewson was the former leader of the federal opposition in Australia during 1990-1994.
Associate Professor, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Mathias Sinning is an empirical economic researcher. He has previously held academic appointments at the ANU and the University of Queensland and has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. Mathias is interested in the empirical analysis of issues related to labor economics, public economics and policy evaluation. He has published articles in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Health Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. He is currently working on the projects “Understanding Dynamic Aspects of Economic Inequality” and “Applying Behavioral Insights to the Tax System in Australia” funded by the Australian Research Council.
Professor, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Miranda Stewart researches tax law and policy, including taxation of business entities in the context of globalisation; not-for-profits; tax and development; budget laws and institutions; and legitimacy of tax reform processes and institutions nationally and internationally.
Professor, Crawford School
Peter is the Director of the Social Policy Institute, at Crawford School of Public Policy. He has published extensively on various aspects of the Australian and New Zealand systems of income support. In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Harmer Review of the Australian pension system.
Senior Research Officer
Kristen Sobeck is a Senior Research Officer at TTPI. Kristen studied economics and French at Smith College and has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Geneva. Prior to joining TTPI, she worked as an economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO) from its headquarters in Geneva and country office in Argentina. She was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007.
Senior Research Fellow
Ralf Steinhauser is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy and at the Policy Experiments Lab (PELab) at the Centre for Social Research and Methods in CASS. He has previously held academic appointments at the University of Hamburg and the Research School of Economics, ANU. Ralf is interested in empirical research in the areas of Behavioural Economics, Tax Policy and Environmental Economics. He has published articles in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Environmental and Resource Economics and World Development. Ralf has worked with a number of government organizations in Australia, such as the Australian Treasury, the Commonwealth Grants Commission, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Dr Yinjunjie Zhang is a Research Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) in the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her research interest spans the areas of labour economics, public economics and experimental economics. A common thread in her research is understanding the impact of public policy on people’s behaviour, choice, and welfare. Her publication and research projects include working on examining the intended and unintended policy effects on crime rate, labour market preference as well as economic decision makings in both the lab and field setting. Before joining ANU, she worked in the Chinese branch of a world-leading consulting firm on delivering employee health and benefits solutions. She obtained her Master degree in Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and doctoral degree in Texas A&M University in the US.
ATO Secondee, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Nitin is an Economist in the Revenue Analysis Branch of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Prior to the secondment, Nitin was leading an innovative project at the ATO exploring the linkages between behavioural economics and artificial intelligence. He had previously worked with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Macroeconomic Group at the Department of the Treasury focussing on the Chinese economy and multilateral forums and in the Revenue Group at Treasury working on the mining tax and the carbon tax. At TTPI, Nitin will use an experimental approach to examine the impact of tax prefilling on taxpayers reporting behaviour.
PM&C Secondee, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Nick is a policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. His work involves providing advice on the budget and fiscal policy to inform government decision making. He has previously held various roles at the Commonwealth Department of Finance. At TTPI, Nick is working to develop our “tax facts” series.
DSS Secondee, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Since 2011, Andrew has worked as an incentives policy analyst at the Australian Government Departments of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (‘FaHCSIA’) and Social Services. During his 24 year career as a public servant working on Australian social security policy, Andrew has worked as a senior analyst in the Working Age Taskforce (2002-04) progressing recommendations from the first ‘Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform’ (‘the McClure Report I’), as a ‘policy modeller’ modelling the impact on financial incentives of the interaction between tax and transfer system elements (2004-07, 2008-11), and as an incentives policy analyst on the second ‘Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform’ (‘the McClure Report II’). At TTPI, Andrew will be undertaking a project examining various social security and incentives policy issues and trends in their ‘longer run’, historical context, and exploring reform options and approaches given current and emerging tax-transfer system pressures and priorities.