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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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 2020Journal 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
The Early Years: Investing in our Future Presentation Rebecca Cassells, Daniel Kiely This latest report in the Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series, the thirteenth in this series, looks at the importance of the early years for young children in influencing outcomes in later life. It also highlights the disparity between advantage and... Read article 2 September 2020Presentations Read More
The Early Years: Investing in our Future Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Michael Kirkness, Chris Twomey, Toan Nguyen, Richard Seymour This latest report in the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Focus on Western Australia series, the thirteenth in this series, looks to add to our understanding of the lives of young children in Australia, the environment within which they live and... Read article 28 August 2020BCEC Reports  |  Focus on WA Read More
Autonomous vehicles and cycling: Policy implications and management issues Simone Pettigrew, John D. Nelson, Richard Norman Cycling as a form of active transport has great benefits for individuals and society, yet prevalence rates in many countries are low. The advent of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is likely to have substantial implications for cyclists, however little is known... Read article 11 August 2020Journal Articles Read More
Measuring governance: Why do errors matter? Yashar Tarverdi, Leandro M. Magnusson The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) are well-known proxies for institutions and are widely used in many studies across different disciplines. Each of the six WGI is constructed by aggregating several baseline indicators that reflect information about a single latent variable.... Read article 10 August 2020Journal Articles Read More