Thesis / Dissertation

Using immigration as a tool of economic policy – the transformation of Australia’s demography

Abul Khair Abbas Rizvi, Peter McDonald (ed.)

Published : 2020


The purpose of this thesis is to review why and how Australian immigration levels were sharply increased from around the year 2000, largely but not solely in response to widespread concerns about the projected rate of population ageing. The literature on the economics of immigration and on the economic and budget impact of population ageing is extensive. However, there is relatively little research on the use of immigration to slow the rate of population ageing. Australia has long used immigration as a tool of economic policy. This thesis examines how change in the Howard Government’s approach to immigration from 2000 led to a sharp rise in the population growth rate and a slowing in the rat..

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