Policy Evaluation

BCEC plays an active role in policy forecasting and evaluation. A range of applied economic methods are used to evaluate the content, implementation and impact of current and proposed policies across Australia. Evaluation findings can highlight ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the population under proposed and existing policy reforms, as well as the overall budgetary implications of proposed reforms at both Federal and State levels.

The findings from the Centre’s evaluations are intended to inform decision-making by policymakers in regard to the benefits and trade-offs of proposed policy changes. Examples of evaluations on current and proposed programs that the Centre’s researchers have conducted include the NSW government’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ child protection initiative, the national Headspace program providing early intervention mental health services to young people, and a range of housing-related policies and programs such as changes to the First Home Owner’s Grant, stamp duty and land tax provisions, and public housing rent-setting rules.

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Housing Affordability in WA: A tale of two tenures Adam Crowe, Alan Duncan, Amity James, Steven Rowley This report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre focuses on housing affordability and features findings from the fourth BCEC Housing Affordability Survey of 4,000 households across Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. This fifteenth report in BCEC’s Focus on WA... Read article 24 June 2021BCEC Reports  |  Focus on WA Read More
BCEC Policy Brief 2021: Extending the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset Beyond 2020-21 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan The Federal Budget 2020-21 introduced a set of amendments to the Personal Income Tax Plan announced in the previous 2019-20 budget, with the intention to stimulate the economy and reduce the burden of taxation felt by individuals. Specifically, the additional... Read article 5 May 2021Policy Briefs Read More
BCEC Policy Brief 2020: Low-Middle Income Tax Offset Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan Our assessment of the combined personal tax, rebate and JobSeeker reforms include combined and separate impacts of the following changes to the tax-transfer system over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years relative to a base year (2019-20). These include: Bringing... Read article 29 October 2020Policy Briefs Read More
Female autonomy in household decision-making and intimate partner violence: Evidence from Pakistan Astghik Mavisakalyan, Anu Rammohan The aim of this study is to explore the links between female autonomy in household decision-making and intimate partner violence in a highly relevant yet under-studied context: Pakistan. Using a nationally representative dataset, and employing matching and partial identification estimation... Read article 21 October 2020Working Papers Read More
JobKeeper: The efficacy of Australia’s first short-time wage subsidy Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan The Australian JobKeeper wage subsidy is an unprecedented public policy response to a once in a century health and economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this paper is on the efficacy of the Australian JobKeeper program... Read article 25 September 2020COVID-19 Insights  |  Journal Articles Read More
Household density and children’s wellbeing in Australia: Are children’s homes too empty? Michael Dockery Living in crowded housing has been associated with poorer physical and mental health outcomes, with a greater emphasis on the psychological effects when the underlying quality of housing is high. Hence ‘overcrowding’ features as a housing condition extensively studied in... Read article 12 September 2020Working Papers Read More