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The role of conflict in sex discrimination: The case of missing girls Astghik Mavisakalyan, Anna Minasyan Recent evidence shows that highly skewed sex ratios at birth are observed not only in China and India, but also for a number of countries in the Southeast Europe and South Caucasus – a region that has seen eruptions of... Read article 19 June 2018Working Papers Read More
Developing sustainable career pathways for aged care workers John Burgess, Julia Connell, Alan Nankervis, Subas Dhakal, Scott Fitzgerald Dramatic increases in the ageing population have created growing demand for personal care assistants (PCAs) across the states and territories in Australia. Available data indicates that the population aged 65 to 85 years will double in Western Australia (WA) by 2050. This demographic... Read article 30 April 2018Feature Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – March 2018 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA, as at the end of Q1 2018. This quarter we have re-highlighted the importance of mining and China for the WA economy, and include a... Read article 10 April 2018Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Weather and children’s time allocation Ha Nguyen, Huong Thu Le, Luke B. Connelly This paper presents the first robust causal estimates of the effect of weather on the allocation of children’s time. It uses individual-level data from over 45,000 time-use diaries of children from two nationally representative cohorts of Australian children whose time-use... Read article 5 April 2018Working Papers Read More
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