People

Robert Breunig

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.

Mathias Sinning

Deputy Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Associate Professor 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.

John Hewson AM

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.

Miranda Stewart

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.

Peter Whiteford

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.

Kristen Sobeck

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.

David Ingles

Senior Research Fellow

David Ingles PhD (ANU) BEc and MEc (Sydney U) specialises in public finance with particular emphasis on tax and social security. He has worked in various Commonwealth and State Departments (QLD), including the Department of Social Security (later FACSIA), the Treasury, and the Economic Planning Advisory Council. In the early 1980s he was an advisor to Ministers in the Hawke Government. Most recently he has worked part-time for the Australia Institute, specialising in tax and superannuation reform. His PhD is in public policy.

Emily Millane

Research Fellow

Emily Millane is a Research Fellow at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. She studied arts and law at the University of Melbourne and is currently a PhD candidate at the Crawford School. She has previously worked as a lawyer, a research fellow at the Per Capita think tank and as a policy advisor. Emily’s research looks at the politics of tax reform in Australia, particularly in the area of superannuation.

Andrew Carter

ATO Secondee, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Andrew is an Assistant Director in Tax Policy Research at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). He has previously held tax and macroeconomic related roles at the World Bank and the Department of Treasury. Andrew is currently a part-time PhD candidate at the Crawford School in Economics. His research is examining responses to the income tax and superannuation systems. At the TTPI, Andrew will examine the degree specific superannuation incentives prolong labour market participation and boost income and savings for workers approaching retirement.

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