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The Australian National University

Professor Robert Breunig

Ph. D. Economics, University of California Riverside
ANU College of Business and Economics and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Labour Economics 140211
  • Applied Statistics 010401
  • Welfare Economics 140219
  • Public Economics Publically Provided Goods 140214
  • Industry Economics And Industrial Organisation 140209
  • Econometric And Statistical Methods 140302
  • Panel Data Analysis 140304
  • Agricultural Economics 140201
  • Transport Economics 140217
  • Applied Economics 1402
  • Econometrics 1403
  • Statistics 0104
  • Law 1801

Research interests

Current research interests include:  child-care and labour supply; regulatory consistency and merger decision consistency; bank location and bank strategy; (petrol) demand; structural labour supply modeling; relative importance measures; young adults and their transition to independence; team performance and wage inequality in baseball.


Bio 1

Robert Breunig conducts research in three main areas:  economcis of the household; empirical industrial organization; and statistical and econometric theory.  In recent work, he has studied the inter-generational transmission of dependence on government assistance; he has examined the relationship between women's labour supply and child care policy and studied optimal child care subsidy policies; he has examined the complex relationship between outsourcing and innovation; and he has evaluated new econometric techniques for analyzing panel data models of binary outcomes.

He publishes regularly in respected, international journals. His research is motivated by important social policy issues and debates.  His work is characterized by careful empirical study and appropriate use of statistical technique.

Robert Breunig's research agenda have led to many partnerships with government organizations in Australia and overseas.  He works regularly with the Australian Treasury, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Innovation as well as many other agencies.  He has been a consultant to 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 public service to build research capacity which he views as a particularly important activity.

He has received grant support from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Australian Research Council.


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