Research School of Social Sciences (ANU)


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13 Feb 2017

This research note summarises the methods and results of an analysis of household energy costs for Australia. Energy costs have increased sharply in recent years placing an increasing burden on household living costs. This paper does not attempt to explain the industry drivers of cost...


26 Oct 2012

This report finds that the media, trade unions and political parties top the list of institutions the public perceives to be the most corrupt.

The report presents the results of the latest ANUpoll, which measured public confidence in government and institutions, perceptions and experiences...


27 Aug 2009

Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it.

Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it - approximately twice the spending rate recorded in surveys assessing the 2001 and 2008...


18 Jun 2009

Job applicants find it easier to get an interview if they have an Anglo-Saxon name, according to new research from The Australian National University.

The study, conducted by ANU economists Professor Alison Booth and Professor Andrew Leigh from the Research School of Social Sciences,...


4 Sep 2007

In her Lands of Shame , a book that is probably influential in the Howard cabinet, Helen Hughes argues that public funding to Indigenous Australians should focus on their health and education, to equip them for the labour market. She condemns as 'exceptionalist' policies that...

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25 May 2015

This study explores the subjective wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.


Report focusses on mean levels of self-reported life satisfaction, inequality in life satisfaction within the Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian populations, and the prevalence and severity of dissatisfaction with one’s life. Evidence on...

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16 Dec 2009

Achieving efficient spectrum management in the pursuit of the public interest is a key aspect of legal reforms introduced in spectrum liberalising countries. However, spectrum law is unclear about the precise nature of the efficiencies to achieve and choices between different efficiency objectives are often...

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URP Working Paper No. 61
15 Oct 1997

Which historical changes are imprinted in the contemporary Australian city centre? This working paper places the development of Australia's capital city centres in historical context and describes major historical themes of city centres since World War II.

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URU Working Paper No. 30
15 Feb 1992

This paper describes the planning of Elizabeth by the South Australian Housing Trust: especially planners' attempts to "improve" working-class residents through a proper arrangement of urban space.

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15 Dec 1991

This paper looks at the history of owner occupation in Australia and discusses the costs and benefits - to individuals and to the community.

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