Participation and Employment

Improved levels of labour force participation and productivity are vital to maintaining living standards and economic growth. The workforce needs of Western Australia and Australia as a whole will change as the economy undergoes cyclical upturns and downturns. This research theme informs the development of policies aimed at meeting workforce needs and promoting productivity in WA and nationally. Examples include labour market barriers and opportunities faced by disadvantaged groups in society, such as low-skilled individuals and the long-term unemployed; the role that skilled migration plays in meeting changing workforce needs; and changing labour market conditions in WA.

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BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – March 2019 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar – Fragility lingers for the WA economy – – Show me the money: Wage growth a key culprit for sluggish household consumption growth – – Dwelling approvals improve – but all else is not equal in the housing sector – This Western... Read article 10 April 2019Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – February 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the February 2019 edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. Produced monthly, this economic commentary explores the latest labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), providing expert insights and analysis around key labour market indicators. We’ve also... Read article 30 March 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
The social and economic sustainability of WA’s rural volunteer workforce Kirsten Holmes, Amanda Davies, Leonie A. Lockstone-Binney Volunteering is critical to the survival and success of rural communities in Western Australia (WA). The past two decades have seen an increase in the community services delivered by volunteers and demand on the volunteer workforce has intensified. Yet, according to data collected... Read article 26 February 2019Feature Read More
Explaining the evolution of ethnicity differentials in academic achievements: The role of time investments Ha Nguyen, Luke B. Connelly, Huong Thu Le, Francis Mitrou, Catherine L. Taylor, Stephen R Zubrick Children of Asian immigrants in most English-speaking destinations have better academic outcomes, yet the underlying causes of their advantages are under-studied. We employ panel time-use diaries by two cohorts of children observed over a decade to present new evidence that... Read article 15 February 2019Working Papers Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the January 2019 edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. Produced monthly, this economic commentary explores the latest labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), providing expert insights and analysis around key labour market indicators. We’ve... Read article 5 February 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
Self-assessed versus statistical evidence of racial discrimination: The case of indigenous Australians Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi This paper provides new insights on the labour market discrimination faced by indigenous Australians – one of the most disadvantaged indigenous populations in developed countries. Combining two large, nationally-representative datasets, we decompose the employment gap between indigenous and non-indigenous populations as of 2014-2015,... Read article 8 January 2019Journal Articles Read More