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IR Reform: Choice and Compulsion

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  • Mark Bahnisch

    (Griffith University, Queensland)

  • John Quiggin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

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The paper begins with a schematic survey of the historical background, which provides the context for the changes embodied in WorkChoices, briefly described in Section 2. The core of the paper, Section 3, examines the role of choice and constraint in the design of the reforms. This analysis is used to inform an assessment of the likely implications of reform for wages and conditions, and likely effects on inequality. A similar analysis is applied to assess effects on growth, productivity, employment and unemployment. Finally, we consider possible future directions for alternative reform strategies

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Paper provided by Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland in its series Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers with number WP2P06.

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  1. Lewis, Philip E T & MacDonald, Garry, 2002. "The Elasticity of Demand for Labour in Australia," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 78(240), pages 18-30, March.
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