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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
Modelling Illegal Drug Participation Sarah Brown, Mark Harris, Preety Srivastava, Xiaohui Zhang We contribute to the small, but important, literature exploring the incidence and implications of misreporting in survey data. Speci…fically, when modelling “social bads”, such as illegal drug consumption, researchers are often faced with exceptionally low reported participation rates. We propose... Read article 14 November 2016Journal Articles Read More
Housing Tax Reform: Is there a way forward? Gavin Wood, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Melek Cigdem Australian home owners and investors benefit from various tax concessions. Home owner tax concessions are poorly targeted with older, higher income households the main beneficiaries. There could also be efficiency consequences if the tax favoured owner-occupied housing sector attracts investment... Read article 31 August 2016Journal Articles Read More
Energy Poverty in Western Australia Antonia Cordwell, Mahnaz Hejazi Amin, Tom Houghton, Therese Jefferson, Peter Newman, Steven Rowley Energy poverty is a prevalent and growing issue affecting the wellbeing of millions of households across the globe. Access to affordable energy services is frequently seen as a pre-requisite for economic growth in developing countries and has been associated with improvements to health and social mobility in more... Read article 16 June 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
The labor market impact of the Working Families’ Tax Credit Richard Blundell, Alan Duncan, Julian McCrae, Costas Meghir Chapter 8 of Labor Supply and Taxation, Richard Blundell. Andreas Piechl and Klaus F. Zimmerman (Eds). This chapter analyses the impact of the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) on working hours and employment. In 1998, the UK Chancellor, Gordon Brown... Read article 17 March 2016Books and Book Chapters Read More
Estimating labor supply responses using tax reforms Richard Blundell, Alan Duncan, Costas Meghir Chapter 6 of Labor Supply and Taxation, Richard Blundell. Andreas Piechl and Klaus F. Zimmerman (Eds). This chapter investigates the responsiveness of labour supply to exogenous changes in wage rates and non-labour income. Because these can either cause a raised... Read article 17 March 2016Books and Book Chapters Read More
Beyond the Bottom Line: Government debt in Australia Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, John Phillimore, Yashar Tarverdi Beyond the Bottom Line is the third report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Focus on the States series. The report examines the highly topical and politically sensitive subject of government debt in Australia and seeks to provide a balanced... Read article 26 November 2015Focus on The States Read More
The Costs of Doing Business in WA Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Yashar Tarverdi The cost of doing business in Western Australia has long been a rhetoric heard and discussed throughout the state, with increased economic activity in recent times exacerbating the issue. The geography of the state, with its capital – Perth, one... Read article 31 July 2015Focus on WA Read More
Housing equity withdrawal in Australia: prevalence, patterns and motivations in mid-to-late life Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson, Marietta Haffner 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 article assesses the extent to which Australians aged 45 years and over withdraw housing equity... Read article 25 March 2015Journal Articles 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
Work Incentives and Decisions to Remain in Paid Work in Australia Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Melek Cigdem Introduction Lifting workforce participation rates is a key objective of Australian policy-makers. The most recent evidence of this emerged in the lead up to the 2013 Federal election. The Coalition proposed that young Australians unemployed for 12 months or more and receiving... Read article 1 December 2013Working Papers Read More
The spatial and distributional impacts of the Henry Review recommendations on stamp duty and land tax Gavin Wood, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Melek Cigdem, Elizabeth Taylor This report is the second Final Report of a project that examines the impact on supply and affordability from implementation of the Henry Review recommendations in relation to negative gearing, land tax and stamp duty. There are two main recommendations... Read article 1 February 2012Research Reports Read More