Ben Phillips

Ben is an Associate Professor at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and the Director of the Research School of Economics' Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Ben leads the microsimulation modelling team at the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) which produces the PolicyMod model of the Australian Tax and Transfer system. Ben is involved in the evaluation of the childcare subsidy for the federal Department of Education and leads the development of a new methodology called ‘Optimal Policy Modelling’ for optimising tax and welfare settings in Australia.

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  • Has COVID-19 Opened the Door to an Australian Basic Income?, 22 Feb 2021
  • It’s Not Just Newstart. Single Parents Are $271 per Fortnight Worse Off. Labor Needs an Overarching Welfare Review, 05 Dec 2018
  • ANUpoll: Government’s Deficit Dilemma with a Confused Electorate, 26 Apr 2016