Publications

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
Community Wellbeing From the Ground Up Mandy Yap, Eunice Yu At some point in our lives, we have asked ourselves one or all of these questions. What matters most in life? What makes life worth living? What makes you happy? What makes you feel good? What makes you flourish? Wellbeing can mean many... Read article 12 August 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
Economic Diversification in Australia Kenneth Leong, John Phillimore Chapter 7 Economic Diversification in Australia. Australia has been a stand-out economic performer for more than two decades, having enjoyed uninterrupted economic growth since 1991. During this time it has sailed through the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s,... Read article 1 August 2016Books and Book Chapters Read More
Subsidised affordable rental housing: lessons from Australia and overseas Steven Rowley, Amity James, Catherine Gilbert, Nicole Gurran, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Peter Phibbs, David Rosen, Christine Whitehead A supply of affordable rental housing is essential to allow households to transition out of scarce public and social housing and into the private rental sector. Affordable rental options are essential for those households already in the private rental sector... Read article 1 August 2016Research Reports Read More
Recognition: applications in aged care work Therese Jefferson, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Rhonda Sharp, Gill Lewin Detailed arguments about the importance of recognition were present in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments but received little attention in classical and neoclassical economics. However recognition is re-emerging as an important concept in social and economic research. In this... Read article 1 July 2016Journal Articles Read More
Energy Poverty in Western Australia Antonia Cornwell, 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
Keeping a roof over our heads Alan Duncan, Amity James, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Steven Rowley Housing cost pressures continue to dominate as a key concern among Western Australian households, despite a general shift towards more favourable housing market conditions in Western Australia in recent years. Housing affordability estimates have not trended in the same direction... Read article 6 June 2016Focus on WA Read More
Revealed Preference Measures of Quality of Life in Australia’s Urban and Regional Areas Grace Gao, Daniel Melser Using data from the 2011 Census, we estimate quality of life across Australia. With mobile households, utility will be equalised across regions, so those regions with high real incomes must have a compensating low quality of life and vice versa.... Read article 6 June 2016Journal Articles Read More
Remittances and happiness of migrants and their home households Mohammad Abdul Munim Joarder, Mark Harris, Michael Dockery This paper explores how remittances influence happiness among migrants and their households of origin. It is based on a novel data set of matched samples of Bangladeshi migrant households (living in the UK and Malaysia) and their origin families in... Read article 2 May 2016Journal Articles Read More
Economical with the truth Kitty Drok, Mark Harris Article in Curtin University’s R&D Now, Winter 2016 edition, by Kitty Drok. This article includes findings from a BCEC-funded project titled ‘The health and wellbeing of Western Australians‘. When surveyed about sensitive topics such as sexual health or drug use, it’s understandable that... Read article 1 May 2016Corporate Publications Read More
A gendered analysis of age discrimination among older jobseekers in Australia Michael McGann, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Dina Bowman, Alan Duncan, Helen Kimberley, Simon Biggs This paper investigates how age and gender interact to shape older jobseekers’ experiences of age discrimination within a mixed methods framework. The analysis reveals that there has been a considerable decline in levels of perceived ageism among older men nationally... Read article 1 May 2016Working Papers Read More
Self-assessed versus statistical evidence of labour market discrimination Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi We assess the relative importance of statistical residual-based measures of discrimination in determining indigenous Australians’ perceptions of discrimination in the labour market. We find that statistical measures are largely unrelated to discrimination reports among males and negatively related to discrimination... Read article 1 May 2016Working Papers Read More