Kevin You

Senior Fellow

Dr Kevin You is a  Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. His background is in the fields of political economy, industrial relations and organisational studies.

Prior to joining the IPA, Kevin worked in academia - both as an educator and a researcher. His articles have been published in the Review of Social Economy, Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Global Responsibility, Labour and Industry, and International Journal of Employment Studies.

Kevin's postgraduate thesis looked into the contributions of peak business associations in the political and economic landscapes of Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Australia’s Declining Standard Of Living
11 May 2024

Australia’s Declining Standard Of Living

GDP per capita is a better measure of living standards than headline GDP, because the effects of population are accounted for. For the first time since the 1980s, Australia’s per capita growth has declined for four consecutive quarters (under -0.1 per cent in the March 2023 quarter; -0.2 per cent in the June 2023 quarter, -0.5 per cent in the
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Uncontrolled, Mass-migration Growth Model Driving Down Australians’ Living Standards
11 May 2024

Uncontrolled, Mass-migration Growth Model Driving Down Australians’ Living Standards

“Australians today are thousands of dollars worse off, as productivity-driven economic growth has been replaced with the lazy and shortsighted growth model of uncontrolled, mass migration,” said Dr Kevin You, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. New research released today by the IPA into long-term per capita economic growth trends reveals the extent of Australia’s declining living standards
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State’s Dream Of Net Zero By 2030 Is Simply Unachievable
2 May 2024

State’s Dream Of Net Zero By 2030 Is Simply Unachievable

In this article, Kevin You and Rocco Loiacono contextualise and disseminate the findings of the IPA’s research into the economic cost of net zero. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. In June 2022, the State Government announced its plan to close all state-owned coal-fired power stations by 2030
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Submission To The Legislative Assembly Environment And Planning Committee
26 April 2024

Submission To The Legislative Assembly Environment And Planning Committee

Net Zero is the Top Food Security Threat The purpose of this letter is to share research conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) with the Legislative Assembly Environment and Planning Committee as it conducts its inquiryinto securing the Victorian food supply. The framing of the inquiry paints a misleading picture of an irreconcilable dualism between the provision of
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Issues With Levelised Cost Of Electricity – Why A Simple Metric Cannot Determine Our Energy Future
25 April 2024

Issues With Levelised Cost Of Electricity – Why A Simple Metric Cannot Determine Our Energy Future

The fundamental problem with the current approach to estimating the cost of energy by generation is that ‘levelised cost of energy’ (LCOE) is a project-level metric, and one that is easy to manipulate to deliver a desired outcome. It does not scale up to reflect the complexity of Australia’s electricity markets. Therefore, different tools are urgently needed to inform policy
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Analysis Of Regional Population, Migration, And Housing Data
31 March 2024

Analysis Of Regional Population, Migration, And Housing Data

Institute of Public Affairs analysis of regional population data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today reveal that in the 2023 financial year, demand for housing from net overseas migration alone exceeded the net new supply of housing nationwide. Nationwide housing supply data is provided by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation’s (NHFIC) State of the Housing Report
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Record, Unplanned Migration Intake Responsible For Stealing The Australian Dream Of Home Ownership
31 March 2024

Record, Unplanned Migration Intake Responsible For Stealing The Australian Dream Of Home Ownership

“The federal government has failed to rein in its unplanned, out-of-control mass migration program, with unprecedented housing shortages now a reality for millions of Australians nationwide” said Dr Kevin You, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released new research revealing the impact of unplanned, record Net Overseas Migration on Australia’s ever-worsening housing shortage. Analysis
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Help Not Hinder Housing Developments
25 March 2024

Help Not Hinder Housing Developments

We all know there is a problem with the supply of housing in Australia, but we should be wary of the solutions being proposed by the bureaucrats and activists who control the levers of power and twist the national debate. For example, a new report released in October, ‘OECD Economic Surveys: Australia 2023’, correctly notes that Australia faces a series
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Analysis Of The Employment Consequences Of A Net Zero Target In Queensland
20 March 2024

Analysis Of The Employment Consequences Of A Net Zero Target In Queensland

In February 2024, the Queensland state government introduced the Clean Economy Jobs Bill 2024 into the Legislative Assembly. This bill will enshrine targets to reduce emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, 75 per cent below 2005 levels by 2035, and net zero emissions by 2050. This report finds that the policy and legislation enshrining a net
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Western Australia’s Energy Plan Unachievable At Any Cost Will Create $52 Billion Black hole
22 February 2024

Western Australia’s Energy Plan Unachievable At Any Cost Will Create $52 Billion Black hole

“Blackouts in Victoria demonstrate what happens when ideology trumps engineering in an energy system. Western Australia is on track to make the very same mistakes as the east-coast, and it will cost the state billions of dollars,” said Dr Kevin You, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA launched a new research report, Unachievable at Any
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