Research

Per Capita undertakes research and develops policy recommendations in a number of focus areas, including ageing and longevity, progressive economics, employment and the future of work, social democracy, energy policy, social innovation and trust in democratic institutions. Our overarching focus is fighting inequality in Australia.

Once our ideas are developed, they are subjected to rigorous peer review, and then communicated widely, both in the public domain through mainstream and social media, and through our own extensive network of senior decision makers in government, industry and the public service.

Our track record in developing new policy approaches that have been subsequently adopted by government demonstrates our influence.

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The Entitlement of Age

Australia’s retirement income system is becoming unsustainable. This is not because too much money is spent on the age pension. Australia spends an average of 3.5 per cent of its GDP on age-related spending against an OECD average of 7.8 per cent. Per Capita’s detailed analysis shows that unsustainability and inequality are the two emergent trends in Australia’s retirement income system. The changes being proposed by the federal government will make both of these problems worse because they ignore the role of private wealth in shaping people’s chances later in life.

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