Tax and Welfare
BCEC research explores the implications of the tax transfer system on the wellbeing and welfare of the people it seeks to assist. This research theme explores a range of issues related to tax and welfare in WA and Australia, including the potential impacts of negative gearing reform, modelling of Henry Review tax recommendations and the effects of superannuation on economic inequality in later life.
The Centre has also developed EVITA, an income tax and transfer payments microsimulation model. EVITA provides an extensive suite of objective, authoritative analysis tools through which users can investigate the effects of income tax and transfer payment system policy reform options on individuals and households in Australia. The model is also uniquely powerful in its capacity to undertake ‘scenario’ or ‘case study’ analysis of tax/transfer policy reform impacts on hypothetical households.
Pathways to housing tax reform
Despite widespread agreement that housing tax reform would lead to better housing outcomes and improved economic efficiency, the politics and ideology around housing tax policy remain a deterrent for change. This report, funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research... Read article
Inequality in later life: The superannuation effect
This BCEC Feature report examines the extent of economic inequality among Australians over 55 years of age, and seeks to identify the effect, if any, that the current superannuation system has on economic inequality in later life. The report examines inequality by reference... Read article
Child poverty: Prevalence and progress
This presentation was delivered by Professor Alan Duncan at the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) Community Relief and Resilience Conference, on 26 July 2017 in Perth. The conference centred on the theme of child poverty, 30 years after then... Read article
Modelling Illegal Drug Participation
We contribute to the small, but important, literature exploring the incidence and implications of misreporting in survey data. Specifically, when modelling social bads, such as illegal drug consumption, researchers are often faced with exceptionally low reported participation rates. We propose... Read article