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Get used to your commute: data confirms houses near jobs are too expensive Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Christopher Phelps, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University, and Steven Rowley, Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report... Read article 18 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Budget needs a sharper policy scalpel to help first home buyers Rachel Ong, Curtin University In its 2017 budget, the federal government repeatedly stated its preference for a “scalpel” rather than a “chainsaw” or “sledgehammer” approach to demand management in the housing market. The number of housing measures in the budget... Read article 11 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull Alan Duncan, Curtin University and Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while... Read article 9 May 2017The Conversation Read More
Governments are trapped in a vicious cycle of housing policies and prices Rachel Ong, Curtin University Whether house prices have been inflated by limited supply, or because of transfers to investors and homeowners, government policy is now trapped in a vicious cycle. The wealth accumulated in our houses has become a central... Read article 4 April 2017The Conversation Read More
Senate Inquiry Submission: Gender segregation in the workplace and its impact on women’s economic equality Researchers within the Centre have focussed a great deal of their academic work in examining social and economic issues affecting the economic equality and security of women. This submission brings together a new body of evidence based on recent research... Read article 24 March 2017Public Submissions Read More
Not everyone wins from the bank of mum and dad Rachel Ong, Curtin University; Gavin Wood, RMIT University, and Melek Cigdem-Bayram, RMIT University The “bank of mum and dad” is helping young Australians with more than just their housing aspirations. New analysis of data on children receiving an inheritance or... Read article 15 March 2017The Conversation Read More
FactCheck: does Western Australia have the highest unemployment in the country? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University It is true the Liberals and Nationals have … created the highest unemployment in the country in Western Australia, higher than Tasmania, higher than South Australia… – West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan, interviewed on Radio... Read article 9 March 2017The Conversation Read More
Politics podcast: WA election – Mark McGowan accuses Turnbull of bluffing Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The end of the mining boom has hit many people in Western Australia hard, and this has flowed strongly into the election. Debt and deficit are besetting the state budget. In this final podcast from... Read article 8 March 2017The Conversation Read More
Gender balance in leadership drives reduced gender pay gaps Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), in collaboration with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) today released a report revealing top tier female managers in Australian organisations earn on average $93,000, or 26.5 per cent, less per year compared to their... Read article 2 March 2017Media Releases Read More
FactCheck: Has the job market got so bad that ‘people have stopped looking for work’? Rebecca Cassells, Curtin University No wonder, when you have a participation rate that’s in free fall. Last month there was a fall by 0.2%, another 0.2%, it is now at 64.5%. What that indicates is that people have stopped looking... Read article 28 October 2016The Conversation Read More
Huge gap still exists between the rich and poor post-WA resources boom Despite the tailing off of the resources boom, there is still a huge gap between the rich and poor in Western Australia, according to findings in a new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) report. Back to the Future is the... Read article 20 October 2016Media Releases Read More
Western Australia’s economic future remains uncertain after the mining boom: study Alan Duncan, Curtin University; Rachel Ong, Curtin University, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University The mining industry will still be important to WA’s economy in the future and new growth is unlikely to come from other industries like tourism and agriculture,... Read article 20 October 2016The Conversation Read More