Should We Tax Robots?

In a 2017 interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommended taxing robots to slow the pace of automation. Funds raised could be used to retrain and financially support… Read More ›

Socio-Economic Disparities in American Healthcare Spending: The Role of Public vs Private Insurance

An equitable healthcare system, where each patient receives equal treatment regardless of socio-economic status (SES) is an important public policy goal. A key question is… Read More ›

Punishing Welfare Regimes and Basic Income

The Australian economic context is characterised by persistent unemployment, growing under-employment, wage stagnation and growth in inequality. As good-quality, skilled, full-time work opportunities shrink, more… Read More ›

From Basic Income to Poor Law and Back Again – Part 4: Designing a Viable Basic Income

This is the final in my four part series on basic income. In Part 3, I highlighted potential impacts of  different basic income options on… Read More ›

From Basic Income to Poor Law and Back Again – Part 3: Renewing the Social Minimum

In Part 1 of this series on Basic Income, we travelled back in time to England on the eve of the industrial revolution in search… Read More ›

Area Level Socioecononomic Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2016

Why measure socioeconomic outcomes? Although a person or family’s socioeconomic status does not define them or their contribution to society, there are many good reasons… Read More ›