Population, Ageing and Retirement

Western Australia’s population is projected to more than double to over 5 million by 2050. Most of this growth is projected to occur in Perth, with the regional areas recording a smaller growth. The population is also ageing, with median ages rising and life expectancies increasing. The Baby Boomer cohort – born during the post World War II fertility boom – is streaming into retirement and entering old age. This research theme explores how changing population dynamics will affect all aspects of life in the WA and Australian community. These include the impacts of population growth and ageing on economic and social participation, quality of life, health and care needs, housing needs, financial security, and mobility within and across states and territories. Projects and publications under this theme produce evidence-based analysis to inform policies that aim to harness the opportunities and address the challenges brought on by changing demographic trends in WA and nationally.

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Clusters of potential autonomous vehicles users according to propensity to use individual versus shared vehicles Simone Pettigrew, Liyuwork Dana, Richard Norman As the widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) becomes increasingly likely, an important consideration is the extent to which individuals prefer either private ownership or shared use modes. Both modes are currently evolving, each with distinct but overlapping challenges. Understanding... Read article 1 April 2019Journal Articles Read More
Macroeconomic Fluctuations in Home Countries and Immigrants’ Well-Being Ha Nguyen, Alan Duncan This article exploits plausibly exogenous changes in macroeconomic conditions across home countries over time and panel individual data to examine the causal impact of home countries’ macroeconomic conditions on immigrants’ well-being in Australia. We present new and robust evidence that... Read article 18 December 2018Journal Articles Read More
Older Renters in the Western Australian Private Rental Sector Helen Hodgson, Amity James, Eileen Webb More people are reaching retirement age without owning a home, and the number of older people residing in the private rental market is increasing. Fixed incomes, short leases, a lack of affordable housing options and limited capacity to modify a... Read article 9 October 2018Feature Read More