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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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