Education and Skills

Australia’s trajectory as a modern developed nation depends on a highly skilled, educated and innovative population and workforce. Successive state and federal governments have reiterated this as a key outcome for policies relating to education, training and skills and migration policies.  BCEC has a dedicated research program that seeks to further understand the skills and education needed to enhance WA’s economic trajectory and inequities that exist in the current education system that prevent Australians from accessing and achieving all they can.

A number of projects are currently underway at the Centre that focus on the WA education sector including understanding the future international demand for tertiary education in Western Australia, estimating predictors of apprenticeship completions in WA.  At a national level, BCEC researchers are assessing issues such as the efficiency of Australian schools, the labour market return to academic fraud, institutional differences in the earnings of higher education graduates and how socio-economic status influences university outcomes.

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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
Educate Australia Fair? Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Grace Gao, Richard Seymour When we think of a ‘good society’ – a society that is fair and just – one of the defining characteristics is likely to be that all individuals have equal opportunity to realise their potential, irrespective of the circumstances into... Read article 28 June 2017Focus on The States Read More
Parental health and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development Ha Nguyen, Huong Thu Le This paper examines the effects of parental health on cognitive and non-cognitive development in Australian children. The underlying nationally representative panel data and a child fixed effects estimator are used to deal with unobserved heterogeneity. We find that only father’s... Read article 27 February 2017Journal Articles Read More
Culture, housing, remoteness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child development. Michael Dockery The limited empirical evidence available in Australia points to beneficial effects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ identification with their culture across a range of outcome domains. Living in remote communities, with limited mainstream economic opportunity, services and infrastructure... Read article 1 February 2017Working Papers Read More
Linguistic Relativity and Economics Astghik Mavisakalyan, Clas Weber The theory of linguistic relativity—the idea that our language influences our thinking—has a long history in the humanities. Speakers of different languages may systematically think and behave differently. This phenomenon has only recently attracted attention from economists. This paper provides... Read article 1 December 2016Working Papers Read More
Western Australia’s International Education Sector: Performance and Prospects Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Kenneth Leong, John Phillimore, Richard Seymour Australia has been a leader in international education for many years, and it is now the country’s principal services export and our third largest export industry overall. It has been identified in any government and other studies as an industry... Read article 18 November 2016Feature Read More