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Mortgage stress and precarious home ownership Silvia Salazar, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Gavin Wood, Melek Cigdem Between 1987 and 2015, the growth in mortgage debt outstripped both house price and income growth among older mortgagors (55+). Mortgage debt blew out by 600 per cent while house prices tripled. Income growth lagged even further behind, doubling over... Read article 29 August 2019Research Reports Read More
Better together: Supporting perinatal and infant mental health services Daniel Kiely, Hiram Fitzgerald, Rochelle Matacz, Lynn Priddis, Sara Bayes, Caroline Barratt-Pugh, Julie Ann Pooley The project maps how services in the cities of Wanneroo/Joondalup interact to enhance the quality of perinatal and infant mental health services for the community. Service providers were invited to work with the research team over 12 months to design,... Read article 21 August 2019Research Reports Read More
Labour Market Implications of Promoting Women’s Participation in STEM in Australia Michael Dockery, Sherry Bawa It is commonly argued that maintaining and enhancing Australia’s standard of living will require increasing the proportion of the population attaining university level qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Accordingly, governments and universities have been proactive in encouraging... Read article 21 June 2019Journal Articles Read More
Getting our house in order? Alan Duncan, Amity James, Steven Rowley This report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre focuses on housing affordability, one of the most important economic and social issues facing Western Australia, and indeed the country. This twelfth report in BCEC’s Focus on WA series builds on the Centre’s earlier... Read article 31 May 2019Focus on WA Read More
The decades-long dispute over scale effects in the theory of economic growth Steven Bond-Smith The so-called ‘new growth theory’ is characterized by the now Nobel Prize winning insight that ideas are a non-rival input to and output from endogenous investment in innovation. Non-rivalry implies increasing returns to scale, but this also unintentionally creates an... Read article 1 March 2019Working Papers Read More
Gender Equity Insights 2019: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells Glass ceilings have featured heavily in Australia’s workplaces for centuries but in recent years significant changes have been made. Women now make up almost 50% of Australia’s workforce and hold around 40% of all full-time jobs. Although women still remain under-represented... Read article 1 March 2019Gender Equity Insights Read More
Alcohol consumption, censorship and misjudgement Kenneth Clements, Haiyan Liu, Yashar Tarverdi In the study of the economic determinants of alcohol consumption, there is an under-appreciated issue of sample selectivity as consumption is often not fully observed. Sample selectivity involves ignoring consumption below a censorship cut-off level. This article estimates a demand... Read article 1 November 2018Journal Articles Read More
The impact of intergenerational financial transfers on health and wellbeing outcomes: A longitudinal study Rachel Ong ViforJ, Toan Nguyen, Garth Kendall This paper estimates the impacts of intergenerational financial transfers on the physical health, mental health and perceived financial security of Australian males and females. We distinguish between two key sources of intergenerational financial transfers – inheritances and inter vivos parental... Read article 1 October 2018Journal Articles Read More
Power plans for electricity Tom Houghton, Chris Twomey, Mahnaz Hejazi Amin This is a mixed methods research project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the experience of energy vulnerable households under changes to electricity tariff structures. The research is a collaboration between Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, WACOSS and Horizon Power and... Read article 27 September 2018Feature Read More
Superannuation and economic inequality among older Australians: evidence from HILDA Helen Hodgson, Alan Tapper This article seeks to identify the effect that the current superannuation system has on economic inequality in later life. The analysis uses income and wealth data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, collected between 2002 and 2014,... Read article 26 September 2018Journal Articles Read More
Are time and money equally substitutable for all commodity groups in the household’s domestic production? Carla Canelas, François Gardes, Philip Merrigan, Silvia Salazar This article uses time-use and household expenditure data to measure the substitutability between time and money within the Beckerian household production framework. The elasticity of substitution is estimated for five commodity groups and across two developing countries: Ecuador and Guatemala.... Read article 21 July 2018Journal Articles Read More
Inequality in later life: The superannuation effect Helen Hodgson, Alan Fenna, Ha Nguyen This BCEC Feature report examines the extent of economic inequality among Australians over 55 years of age, and seeks to identify the effect, if any, that the current superannuation system has on economic inequality in later life. The report examines inequality by reference... Read article 19 March 2018Feature Read More