Robert Breunig

Professor and Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School of Public Policy


  • Crawford School of Public Policy




Crawford School of Public Policy

Robert Breunig is the director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy. From 2015 to 2016 he was the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Professor Breunig is one of Australia’s leading Public Policy Economists. He has published in over 50 international academic journals in economics and public policy. Professor Breunig has made significant policy impact through a number of his research projects: the relationship between child care and women’s labour supply; the effect of immigration to Australia on the labour market prospects of Australians; the effect of switching to cash from food stamps in the U.S. food stamp program and the inter-generational transmition of disadvantage.

Professor Breunig’s research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates. 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. 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.

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 Australian public service to build research capacity which he views as a particularly important activity.

Robert Breunig has a wide variety of research interests in applied topics in labour economics, economics of the household, empirical industrial organization and econometric theory.

Recent publications and working papers have included work on:

  • The effect of playgrounds on property prices in Melbourne
  • Inequality and economic growth
  • Financial stress of Indigenous Households
  • Financial stress caused by drought in rural households
  • The effect of cash transfers at birth on educational outcomes
  • Women’s labour supply
  • Optimal child care policy
  • The wage gap between immigrants and non-immigrants in Australia
  • The effect of immigration on wages and labour market outcomes of native Australians
  • Innovation and outsourcing
  • Research and Development spillovers
  • Wage inequality
  • Probit panel data models (theoretical econometrics)
  • Firm-level productivity
  • Sovereign ratings and resources
  • Elasticity estimation in transport economics
  • Merger policy
  • Household financial difficulty

Robert Breunig is one of the instigators of the Youth in Focus. project. This is a major data gathering initiative and research project focused on gaining a better understanding of how disadvantage and advantage are transmitted from one generation to another.

Professor Breunig teaches POGO8081: Economics for Government to students in the Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration.

Professor Breunig offers a wide variety of courses designed to improve research capacity of government public servants and fellow academics. See the “advisory work” tab on this web page.


Courses Taught

Read about executive education

Other experts


In his role as president of London Economics International LLC, A.J. Goulding manages a growing international consulting firm focused on finance, economic, and strategic consulting to the energy and infrastructure industries. In addition to serving as a sector expert in electricity and gas market...

Yufei Huang

Yufei is currently an assistant professor (lecturer)  at School of Management, University of Bath. He also holds adjunct teaching fellow and honorary research associate position at UCL Shcool of Management. He received a BBA in Marketing, a MS in Physics both from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Chi...

Stacey Jacobsen

Bio Stacey Jacobsen is an assistant professor of finance at the Cox School of Business.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, then earned a PhD at Indiana University in 2011.  Prior to entering the doctoral program, she served as an investment banking analyst and st...

Looking for an expert?

Contact us and we'll find the best option for you.

Something went wrong. We're trying to fix this error.