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Sinclair Davidson

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Sinclair Davidson is Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He has written extensively on taxation policy in Australia and is a regular contributor to public debate. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. Sinclair has also published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Cato Journal.

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Does Australia have a Productivity Growth Problem?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson and Ashton de Silva

Ever since Paul Krugman stated that productivity was ‘almost everything', policy makers have been obsessed with improving it. This focus has led to a great deal of policy confusion. Productivity is important, but it is not an active policy...

Submission to the Senate inquiry into Competition within the Australian Banking Sector

SUBMISSION | Sinclair Davidson

Kevin Rudd's darkest days

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Kevin Rudd spent a fair amount of his intellectual capacity drubbing Friedrich von Hayek. Two major speeches given to the Centre for Independent Studies put the boot into Hayek who had also featured prominently in Ruddite essays deploring free...

Economists as social engineers

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

In this paper, I make the argument that modern "mainstream" economic thought is inclined towards government intervention and social engineering. To the extent that economic analysis is seen simply as a tool it is likely that economists will...

Climategate: What we've learned so far

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The exposure of thousands of emails and documents from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia is one of the biggest developments in the climate change debate for the last ten years. The emails-now dubbed...

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Stop bleating over tax loss and cut government spending

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
Australian Financial Review 13th March, 2014

There is an old joke, "Don't steal. The government hates competition." This is certainly true when it comes to competition between governments for...

Getting tax expenditures right is a game of hypotheticals

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 13th March, 2014

In recent days it's been suggested the Commission of Audit should look at so-called tax expenditures as well as government spending as...

Qantas needs tough love, not corporate welfare

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 26th February, 2014

So it begins - a company running to Canberra with a good story and in need of some or other political favour. To be fair, these companies tend to...

The ABC doesn't pass the Adam Smith test

Ideas & Liberty | Sinclair Davidson
SBS 4th February, 2014

The government is picking a fight with the media, actually its own wholly owned corporation, the ABC. It would be easy to simply dismiss this as...

Public interest or public choice? Your $1.2bn ABC

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 11th December, 2013

Australia is about to have a debate on the role of government in business. That debate is going to be spread over several issues - Qantas' junk...