Policy Evaluation

BCEC plays an active role in policy forecasting and evaluation. A range of applied economic methods are used to evaluate the content, implementation and impact of current and proposed policies across Australia. Evaluation findings can highlight ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the population under proposed and existing policy reforms, as well as the overall budgetary implications of proposed reforms at both Federal and State levels.

The findings from the Centre’s evaluations are intended to inform decision-making by policymakers in regard to the benefits and trade-offs of proposed policy changes. Examples of evaluations on current and proposed programs that the Centre’s researchers have conducted include the NSW government’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ child protection initiative, the national Headspace program providing early intervention mental health services to young people, and a range of housing-related policies and programs such as changes to the First Home Owner’s Grant, stamp duty and land tax provisions, and public housing rent-setting rules.

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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
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
Perth’s Infill Housing Future Perth’s Infill Housing Future is the first edited book in Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s rich collection of publications, targeted at informing issues of economic and social policy importance within Western Australia. This book brings together a wealth of data, analysis and commentary... Read article 20 October 2017Books and Book Chapters Read More
The Impact of Airbnb on WA’s Tourism Industry Christof Pforr, Michael Volgger, Kylie Coulson This BCEC Feature report looks at the rapid growth of the sharing economy, including Airbnb, in recent years and how it has challenged traditional economies in many countries around the globe. With more than 1.5 million listings in more than 190... Read article 6 October 2017Feature Read More
Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Housing Supply Rachel Ong ViforJ, Christopher Phelps, Steven Rowley, Gavin Wood This paper provides an analysis of spatial and temporal patterns in housing supply in Australia over the period 2005–06 to 2015–16. It shows that by international standards, per capita housing supply is very strong in Australia. However, housing supply is... Read article 28 September 2017Journal Articles Read More