Publications

Macroeconomic Fluctuations in Home Countries and Immigrant’s Well-being Abstract In this paper we provide the first solid empirical evidence that improvements in home countries’ macroeconomic conditions, as measured by a higher GDP per capita and lower price levels, increase immigrants’ subjective well-being. We demonstrate this using 12 years... Read article 1 March 2015Working Papers Read More
Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse, Industry of Employment and Occupation Abstract We contribute to the existing literature on drug consumption by analysing the misuse of pharmaceutical drugs, which has attracted scant attention in the economics literature. Specifically, using individual level data, we explore the determinants of pharmaceutical drug misuse and... Read article 1 January 2015Working Papers Read More
Asset poverty, precarious housing and ontological security in older age: an Australian case study Val Colic-Peisker, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood Over two-thirds of Australians are owner-occupiers and a majority of the population holds most of their wealth in housing. Australian taxation privileges homeowners and retirement income policy is built around the assumption that state pensions can be kept low because... Read article 13 December 2014Journal Articles Read More
Bridging the gap between housing stress and financial stress Steven Rowley, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Marietta Haffner In recent decades, housing affordability has been increasingly linked to household financial outcomes where high housing costs relative to income are perceived to negatively affect financial well-being. However, the traditional measure of housing affordability in Australia is housing stress, which... Read article 11 December 2014Journal Articles Read More
Revisiting the impact of consumption growth and inequality on poverty in Indonesia during decentralisation Riyana Miranti, Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells This article analyses the consumption growth elasticity and inequality elasticity of poverty in Indonesia, with a particular focus on the decentralisation period. Using provincial panel data, we show that the effectiveness of growth in alleviating poverty across provinces was greater... Read article 3 December 2014Journal Articles Read More
A zero-inflated regression model for grouped data Sarah Brown, Alan Duncan, Mark Harris, Jennifer Roberts, Karl Taylor We introduce the (panel) zero-inflated interval regression (ZIIR) model, which is ideally suited when data are in the form of groups, and there is an ‘excess’ of zero observations. We apply our new modelling framework to the analysis of visits... Read article 1 December 2014Journal Articles Read More
A Wellbeing Approach to Mobility and its Application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians Michael Dockery This paper demonstrates that key models of human mobility across several disciplines can be considered as specific cases of a broader conceptualisation of mobility in terms of its contribution to wellbeing. It is argued that this wellbeing perspective offers important... Read article 1 December 2014Journal Articles Read More
Resource Curse or Cure? Michael Dockery ‘The Mining Boom and Indigenous Labour Market Outcomes’ Abstract Much of Western Australia’s economic development and prosperity is derived from mining activity which takes place in remote areas in which Indigenous peoples disproportionately reside, and on country over which Indigenous... Read article 1 December 2014Books and Book Chapters Read More
Housing affordability dynamics: new insights from the last decade Gavin Wood, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Melek Cigdem This report explores the duration of housing affordability stress (HAS) in Australia. It tracks the housing affordability trajectories of Australians over the period 2001–11. The dataset employed in this project is the nationally representative Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in... Read article 30 November 2014Research Reports Read More
Housing Equity Withdrawal in mid-to-late life: Patterns and Motivations amongst Australian Homeowners Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson, Marietta Haffner Abstract In an era of population ageing, the primary home is increasingly viewed as a personal resource that can perform a pension role in retirement. This paper assesses the extent to which Australians aged over 45 utilise housing equity withdrawal... Read article 25 November 2014Working Papers Read More
Falling Through the Cracks Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan The concept of disadvantage is one that invokes a number of connotations, including poverty, exclusion and deprivation. Generally disadvantage relates to a lack of resources and opportunity to achieve a basic standard of living. A number of Australian studies have... Read article 31 October 2014Focus on The States Read More
Exploring recent increases in the gender wealth gap among Australia’s single households Rachel Ong ViforJ, Siobhan Austen, Sherry Bawa, Therese Jefferson Abstract This study uses three wealth modules from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey to explore the gender wealth gap for single Australian households between 2002 and 2010. The findings indicate a significant gender wealth gap, which... Read article 17 October 2014Journal Articles Read More