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Small Business Enterprise Models of Employment Errol Cocks, Stian Thoresen, Robert Jackson, Allyson Thomson Adults with disabilities are substantially disadvantaged, economically and socially. Ample national and international comparative data indicate low labour force participation rates (just over 50%) and double the unemployment rates for persons without disabilities. This report examines an emerging small business employment model that... Read article 15 February 2018Feature Read More
The Price is Right? Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Silvia Salazar, Chris Twomey The Western Australian economy has experienced something of a roller-coaster ride over the last decade. Unprecedented economic growth over the course of the resources boom has been followed by a post-boom period during which activity has cooled. Despite a reduction in demand in... Read article 1 December 2017Focus on WA Read More
Minimising skills wastage Jaya Dantas, Roslyn Cameron, Farveh Farivar, Penelope Strauss Skilled migration is a key element in Australia’s strategy to address major human capital issues and imperatives. However, underutilisation of professional migrant skills remains a critical problem.  This report identifies the barriers skilled migrants face and investigates the link between workforce... Read article 21 November 2017Feature Read More
Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make a difference? Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi This paper investigates whether female political representation in national parliaments influences climate change policy outcomes. Based on data from a large sample of countries, we demonstrate that female representation leads countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies. We exploit... Read article 15 November 2017Working Papers Read More
Linguistic Structures and Economic Outcomes Astghik Mavisakalyan, Clas Weber Linguistic structures have recently started to attract attention from economists as determinants of economic phenomena. This paper provides the first comprehensive review of this nascent literature and its achievements so far. First, we explore the complex connections between language, culture,... Read article 24 October 2017Journal Articles Read More
Do employers reward physical attractiveness in transition countries Astghik Mavisakalyan This paper studies the labour market returns to physical attractiveness using data from three transition countries of the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. I estimate a large positive effect of attractive looks on males probability of employment. Results from the... Read article 20 October 2017Journal Articles Read More
After the Siren Michael Dockery, Sean Gorman This BCEC Feature report aims to build on the narrative of Indigenous peoples’ participation in football at a grass-roots level, and the associated individual and community level outcomes. It is based on analyses of data from the 2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander... Read article 14 September 2017Feature Read More
The Impact of Maternal Mental Health Shocks on Child Health Ha Nguyen, Huong Thu Le Estimates from Fixed Effects Instrumental Variables Models for two Cohorts of Australian Children This paper contributes to an emerging body of literature on intergenerational transmission in health by presenting the causal estimates on the impact of maternal mental health shocks... Read article 23 August 2017Journal Articles Read More
Parental expectations for young people’s participation in higher education in Australia Michael Dockery, Richard Seymour, Paul Koshy This paper examines factors affecting parental expectations of higher education prospects for their children using Australian household survey data. We find that a variety of factors influence parental expectations, of which parents’ assessment of their children’s academic performance is the... Read article 14 August 2017Journal Articles Read More
Child poverty: Prevalence and progress Alan Duncan This presentation was delivered by Professor Alan Duncan at the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) Community Relief and Resilience Conference, on 26 July 2017 in Perth. The conference centred on the theme of child poverty, 30 years after then... Read article 26 July 2017Presentations Read More
Out of sight but not out of mind: Home countries’ macroeconomic volatilities and immigrants’ mental health Ha Nguyen, Luke B. Connelly We provide the first empirical evidence that better economic performances by immigrants’ countries of origin, as measured by lower CPI or higher GDP, improve immigrants’ mental health. We use an econometrically-robust approach that exploits exogenous changes in macroeconomic conditions across... Read article 15 June 2017Journal Articles Read More
Employers’ perception of the costs and the benefits of hiring individuals with autism spectrum disorder in open employment in Australia Melissa Scott, Andrew Jacob, Delia Hendrie, Richard Parsons, Sonya Girdler, Torbjorn Falkmer, Marita Falkmer Research has examined the benefits and costs of employing adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the perspective of the employee, taxpayer and society, but few studies have considered the employer perspective. This study examines the benefits and costs of employing adults with... Read article 18 May 2017 Read More