Income and Wealth

Economic analysis of income and wealth accumulation and divestment traditionally draws on the life cycle hypothesis, which suggests that earlier life stages are spent accumulating wealth, which is later drawn down to meet spending needs in old age. This research theme explores a range of issues related to income and wealth in WA and Australia, including the distribution and composition of income and wealth, economic inequality over the life course, income poverty measurement and the impacts of family income and wealth on wellbeing.

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BCEC Policy Briefing: Western Australia State Budget 2022-23 Alan Duncan This new BCEC Policy Brief assesses the Western Australia State Budget 2022-23 delivered by WA Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan on 12 May. Premier McGowan took advantage of the state’s strong economic performance to hand down a measured budget that... Read article 13 May 2022Policy Insights  |  Economic Policy  |  Health and Wellbeing  |  Social Issues  |  Taxation and Welfare  |  Workforce and Skills Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – March 2022 Alan Duncan, Michael Dockery, Astghik Mavisakalyan How low can you go? With newfound interest in the national unemployment rate arising from the federal election campaign trail, all eyes were on the release of the March figure to see if it would break through the 4 per... Read article 27 April 2022Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Presentation – Behind the Line: Poverty and disadvantage in Australia 2022 Alan Duncan View the presentation by John Curtin Distinguished Professor Alan Duncan, Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, from the launch of the Behind the Line: Poverty and disadvantage in Australia 2022 report on Thursday 3 March, 2022. This report, the ninth... Read article 3 March 2022Presentations Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2022 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan The national recovery takes a sickie As speculation mounts around the national unemployment rate breaking through the 4 per cent barrier and the potential implications for wages growth, the unemployment rate for Australia held steady at 4.2 per cent in... Read article 28 February 2022Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – December 2021 Alan Duncan, Michael Dockery, Astghik Mavisakalyan The nation rebound meets Omicron On the heels of November’s record 366,000 job rebound after COVID-19 restrictions eased in the Eastern States, December delivered further growth of 64,800 jobs nationally. The participation rate remained unchanged over the month, so this... Read article 28 January 2022Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
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