Publications

Wellbeing outcomes of lower income renters: a multi-level analysis of area effects Sharon Parkinson, Melek Cigdem, Rachel Ong, Elizabeth Taylor Whether it is better to be ‘poor’ in a ‘poor area’ or one that is more socially diverse has been a central concern for research attempting to establish the neighbourhood effects associated with concentrations of disadvantage and for policies aiming... Read article 30 June 2013Research Reports Read More
Dynamics of health insurance ownership in Vietnam Ha Nguyen, Suiwah Leung Vietnam is undertaking health financing reform in an attempt to achieve universal health insurance coverage by 2014. Changes in health insurance policies doubled coverage between 2004 and 2006, yet about one-fifth of the insured in 2004 dropped out of the... Read article 6 June 2013Journal Articles Read More
Assets, debt and the drawdown of housing equity by an ageing population Rachel Ong, Marietta Haffner, Gavin Wood, Therese Jefferson, Siobhan Austen This Positioning Paper is the first output of a project that aims to uncover the uses, financial costs and risks of housing equity withdrawal (HEW) via alternative mechanisms by older Australians. By HEW, we are specifically referring to any mechanism... Read article 31 May 2013Research Reports Read More
The Impact of Children on Australian Couples’ Wealth Accumulation Michael Dockery, Sherry Bawa Abstract Existing estimates of the cost of raising children mainly focus on what parents spend on their children. This paper challenges the conceptual basis for this approach, and instead investigates how the presence of children impacts upon couples’ wealth accumulation using the life-cycle... Read article 31 May 2013Working Papers Read More
Underemployment among mature age workers in Australia Jinjing Li, Alan Duncan, Riyana Miranti Underemployment is a serious and pervasive problem both in terms of its impact on those individuals affected, and for the economy as a whole. International research has found that those who experience periods of underemployment are more likely to have... Read article 31 May 2013Working Papers Read More
Two Billion Dollars a Week: The Global Resources Boom and Western Australia Alan Duncan, Paul Koshy Western Australia (WA) has a long association with resource-driven growth, beginning with the Kalgoorlie gold rush of the 1890s which drew people from all over Australia and the world. That boom underpinned the rapid development of what was still a... Read article 1 May 2013Briefing Notes Read More
Development Priorities in an Emerging Decentralized Economy Astghik Mavisakalyan Based on a data set of 217 communities in Armenia, this paper studies the choice of priority directions in local development programs in the years 2003–2005. The scope of programs is presented and discussed relative to good practices in local... Read article 6 March 2013Journal Articles Read More
Educational Attainment Across Generations Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, Ha Nguyen This paper analyses educational attainment among immigrant and native-born youth in Australia. We find that young Australians from non-English-speaking-background (NESB) immigrant families have an educational advantage over their English-speaking-background (ESB) immigrant and Australian-born peers. The educational advantages associated with immigrant... Read article 1 November 2012Journal Articles Read More
Quality, quantity, spending and prices Kenneth Clements, Grace Gao One measure of the change in the “quality” of consumption is the degree to which the consumption basket as a whole moves towards more luxurious goods, away from necessities. We introduce two related measures based on the luxury/necessity distinction. One... Read article 1 October 2012Journal Articles Read More
Monetary Transfers from Children and the Labour Supply of Elderly Parents Ha Nguyen, Amy Y.C. Liu, Alison L. Booth In the absence of a broad-based pension scheme, the elderly in developing countries may rely on monetary transfers made by their children and on their own labour supply. This article examines whether monetary transfers from children help to reduce elderly... Read article 29 August 2012Journal Articles Read More
School Completion Jacqueline Homel, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Ha Nguyen, Chris Ryan This paper examines how disadvantage affects educational outcomes, in this instance, Year 12 completion. While previous studies have found a strong link between parental education or occupational status and Year 12 completion, this research was able to capture a broader... Read article 5 July 2012Research Reports Read More
Immigration and school choice in Australia Astghik Mavisakalyan This article examines the relationship between the share of immigrants in a locality and private versus public school choices of natives and immigrants in Australia. Using the 2001 Australian Census data, it finds that private school attendance among native-born Australians... Read article 1 March 2012Journal Articles Read More