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The Private Rental Sector in Australia Steven Rowley, Amity James This report examines the state of the private rental sector (PRS) in Australia through analysis of 2016 census data and a survey of 3,182 Australian private renters. The survey asked renters about issues such as the number of rental properties... Read article 9 October 2018Feature Read More
Power plans for electricity Tom Houghton, Chris Twomey, Mahnaz Hejazi Amin This is a mixed methods research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the experience of energy vulnerable households under changes to electricity tariff structures. The research is a collaboration between Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, WACOSS and Horizon Power and... Read article 27 September 2018Feature Read More
Gas and oil prospects Julian Inchauspe, Roberto Aguilera, Daniel Packey, Kelly Burns, Stefan Trueck In the coming decades natural gas may take a lead role in providing energy to the world while mitigating climate impacts. Our optimistic view is based on the advantages of gas relative to other fossil fuels, including its abundance, wide geographical distribution and... Read article 27 September 2018Feature Read More
Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make 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 4 August 2018Journal Articles Read More
Pathways to housing tax reform Richard Eccleston, Julia Verdouw, Kathleen Flanagan, Neil Warren, Alan Duncan, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Stephen Whelan, Kadir Atalay Despite widespread agreement that housing tax reform would lead to better housing outcomes and improved economic efficiency, the politics and ideology around housing tax policy remain a deterrent for change. This report, funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research... Read article 5 July 2018Research Reports Read More
Are we China-ready? Jianhong (Cecilia) Xia, Rodel Adriano, Mikhail Prude Carcausto Zea, Lesley Crowe-Delaney, Yudan Liu, Kirsten Holmes, Zhirong Chen Chinese tourism to Australia has grown substantially since the start of the millennium, and this group of travellers is now the top international tourism spender. This report looks at the characteristics of Chinese visitors coming to Western Australia, their detailed... Read article 25 June 2018Feature Read More
Where do immigrants settle? Assessing the role of immigration policies Alan Duncan, Mark Harris, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Toan Nguyen This paper compares immigration flows in response to changes in labour market conditions to provide an assessment of Australia’s selective immigration policies. We find employer sponsored immigration varied in line with changes in regional wages, with immigrants being drawn to... Read article 17 April 2018Working Papers Read More
Housing affordability: Land supply and new housing in Western Australia Greg Costello, Kenneth Leong, Steven Rowley This Feature report addresses the topic of land supply, new dwelling construction and housing affordability, a major economic and social issue facing West Australian households. This report complements the BCEC Housing Affordability (2014 and 2016) reports through analysis of similar broad regional... Read article 27 March 2018Feature Read More
The income tax treatment of housing assets: an assessment of proposed reform arrangements Alan Duncan, Helen Hodgson, John Minas, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Richard Seymour This report models several potential transitional arrangements that may ease the distribution pressures arising from reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) reform, and help smooth a reform pathway that is more politically acceptable. Negative gearing and CGT... Read article 7 March 2018Research Reports Read More
IMF Technical Assistance Report to the People’s Republic of China: Tax Policy and Employment Creation Alexander Klemm, Isaias Coelho, Alan Duncan, Li Liu BCEC Director Alan Duncan was invited to be part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Expert Mission to the People’s Republic of China, to prepare a Technical Assistance Report on the impact of tax policy on employment in China. The... Read article 1 March 2018Research Reports Read More
Talking in the Present, Caring for the Future: Language and Environment Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi, Clas Weber This paper identifies a new source that explains environmental behaviour: the presence of future tense marking in language. We predict that languages that grammatically mark the future affect speakers’ intertemporal preferences and thereby reduce their willingness to address environmental problems.... Read article 2 February 2018Journal Articles Read More
Unlocking the potential for working closer to home Carey Curtis, Courtney Babb, Sam McLeod, David Robertson Unlocking the Potential for Working Closer to Home, examines the barriers to, and opportunities for, increasing the number of people able to work closer to their home in both metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia. It is known that working... Read article 20 November 2017BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More