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IR Reform: Choice and Compulsion

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  • Bahnisch, Mark
  • Quiggin, John

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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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  • Bahnisch, Mark & Quiggin, John, 2006. "IR Reform: Choice and Compulsion," Risk and Sustainable Management Group Working Papers 151512, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uqsers:151512
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    1. John Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2005. "What Have We Learned about the Employment Effects of Severance Pay? Further Iterations of Lazear Et al," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 32(3), pages 345-368, September.
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    Keywords

    WorkChoices; Howard government; Public Economics; N4; H5;

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    • N4 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies

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