Gary N. Marks


The occupations and earnings of young Australians: the role of education and training

Social background plays only a small role in accounting for differences in occupational status and earnings at age 24, indicating that education is enhancing social mobility, according to this report. However, not all forms of post-secondary education and training are equally beneficial. In terms of...

Income poverty, subjective poverty and financial stress

This paper focuses on financial disadvantage among Australians using data from the first two waves (2001 and 2002) of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. Four measures of poverty/disadvantage are explored in the paper: • Relative income poverty (households with less...

Completing University: Characteristics and outcomes of completing and non-completing students

An analysis of the characteristics of students who fail to complete university courses has found that whether a student attended a government or independent school and their socioeconomic background made little difference to the odds of completing their course. The study, released today, investigated attrition...

The transition to full-time work of young people who do not go to university

Crisis accounts of the youth labour market are not supported by the findings outlined in this report. Gary N. Marks also disputes claims that young people who are not fully engaged in full-time work or study are at risk of an unsuccessful school-to-work transition.