Publications

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
Autism in the Workplace Delia Hendrie, Marita Falkmer, Torbjorn Falkmer, Andrew Jacob, Richard Parsons, Melissa Scott Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that represents a category of developmental disorders characterised by impairments in social reciprocity, communication and unusual or repetitive behaviour. In Australia there are approximately 157,000 adults with ASD within the working age population of 15 to 64 year olds. This... Read article 28 April 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
Positioned for an Ideas Boom? Steven Bond-Smith, Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Yashar Tarverdi Positioned for an Ideas Boom is the fourth report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre Focus on the States series. The report examines an issue of central importance to maintaining economic growth, improving competitiveness and creating jobs – productivity and... Read article 22 March 2016Focus on The States 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
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
Gender Equity Insights 2016: Inside Australia’s Gender Pay Gap Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Rachel Ong ViforJ This first report in the BCEC|WGEA Gender Equity Insights series seeks to add to and strengthen the evidence base that exists around gender pay gaps throughout Australian workplaces. The report uses unique data reported to WGEA, capturing 4 million workers and more... Read article 3 March 2016BCEC Reports  |  Gender Equity Insights Read More
The efficiency of schools in Australia Hong Son Nghiem, Ha Nguyen, Luke B. Connelly This study examines the efficiency of schools in Australia and its determinants using the gain in NAPLAN test scores of students in 6,774 schools in 2009-2011. The results show that, based on empirical input-output combinations, the growth of NAPLAN test... Read article 1 March 2016Working Papers Read More
Work ability, age and intention to leave aged care work Siobhan Austen, Therese Jefferson, Gill Lewin, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Rhonda Sharp Aim To describe the work ability of mature age women workers in Australia’s aged care sector, and to explore the relationship between ageing, work ability and intention to leave. Method Logistic regression techniques were applied to a sample of 2721... Read article 1 March 2016Journal Articles Read More