Top ten economics research publications 2013

18 Dec 2013

The ten most popular research publications from Policy Online's Economics section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits on Google analytics

The most popular Economics reports added to Policy Online in 2013 tended to have a social angle. Two Productivity Commission reports addressing income distribution made the top two positions, while several other reports covered the social and environment outcomes of economic activity in various ways.


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Deep and persistent disadvantage in Australia

Rosalie McLachlanGeoff GilfillanJenny Gordon | Productivity Commission

11 July 2013 | This report finds that despite growing levels of prosperity over the last two decades, and the unemployment rate more than halving, there are concerns within the community that some Australians are being 'left behind'.

Visits: 973


Trends in the distribution of income in Australia

Jared GreenvilleClinton PobkeNikki Rogers | Productivity Commission

27 March 2013 | The paper examines the recent trends in Australia's individual and household income distributions, and the proximate factors that help explain aggregate trends, to provide a more detailed understanding of the composition of the income distribution

Visits: 871


Australian social trends, April 2013

Australian Bureau of Statistics

9 April 2013 | Released three times a year, Australian Social Trends presents analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues. The April release includes the articles 'Towns of the mining boom', 'The "average" Australian?', 'Doctors and Nurses' and 'Young adults: Then and now'.

Visits: 705


The Australian fashion report: the truth behind the barcode

Gershon NimbalkerClaire CremenHaley Wrinkle | Baptist World Aid Australia

19 August 2013 | This report examines 41 clothing companies operating in Australia and assesses what efforts they are undertaking to protect the workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.

Visits: 674


Building an industry of choice: service quality, workforce capacity and consumer-centred funding in disability care

Natasha Cortis | Social Policy Research Centre

13 March 2013 | In recent years, to improve outcomes for people with disabilities and the efficiency of services, government agencies have developed and trialled a range of market-based funding models within which ‘choice’ and ‘control’ are key principles.  This report is concerned with the impact of these funding models on disability services workers, with particular focus on their capacity to provide high quality services.

Visits: 624


The costs of unpaid HECS debts from graduates going overseas

Bruce ChapmanTim Higgins | Crawford School of Public Policy

30 January 2013 | A conservative estimate of the amount of foregone HECS revenue for the 1989 to 2011 graduate cohorts working overseas is over $400 million, but may be close to double this amount.

Visits: 609


Impact Australia: investment for social and economic benefit

Rosemary AddisJohn McLeodAlan Raine | Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2 April 2013 | The report showcases examples in Australia and internationally of people harnessing capital markets to: support community prosperity; encourage vibrant culture; and contribute new solutions for issues of exclusion and sustainability.

Visits: 596


Assessing the economic contribution of refugees in Australia

Richard Parsons | Multicultural Development Association

23 August 2013 | This review finds that, despite systemic constraints, there is no evidence that refugees impose a net economic cost to Australia in the long term. Furthermore, a true understanding of economic contribution requires a broader scope than existing quantitative models plus better ways of documenting non-quantifiable and intangible contributions.

Visits: 586


Gender pay gap statistics 2013

World Vision

29 August 2013 | This fact sheet has been compiled primarily from the Australian Bureau of Statistics average weekly earnings data set, that calculates the average full-time weekly earnings before tax of men and women, excluding factors such as overtime and pay that is salary sacrificed.

Visits: 583


Palm oil in Australia: facts, issues and challenges

Net Balance Foundation

8 May 2013 | This report, commissioned jointly by WWF-Australia and the Food and Grocery Council of Australia (AFGC), provides a broad, independent overview of the facts, issues and challenges surrounding palm oil, and is intended to provide a springboard for efforts to increase the supply of sustainable palm oil into the Australian market.

Visits: 556



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