Bruce Headey

About: Associate Professor Bruce Headey is a Principal Fellow of the Institute. Formerly the Director of the Centre for Public Policy, he is a specialist in welfare and distributional issues and at the forefront of current international research into the efficacy of social welfare policies in Western Europe and North America. He has published extensively in Australia on this and related issues concerning life satisfaction, subjective well-being and income inequality. He co-led a major research project on political agenda-setting in Victoria, and has carried out a number of inquiries for the Australian and Victorian Governments on housing and human services.
Journal article

Long-running German panel survey shows that personal and economic choices, not just genes, matter for happiness

Key choices and behaviours in private life and work life influence long term happiness, despite the effects of fixed genetic and personality traits, this study finds.

Families, incomes and jobs, volume 3: a statistical report on Waves 1 to 5 of the HILDA Survey

This is the third annual statistical report of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australian (HILDA) Survey. Like the previous vol- umes (Headey, Warren and Harding, 2005; Headey and Warren, 2007), it contains short reports and statistical tables covering the four main areas of...

The structure and distribution of household wealth in Australia: cohort differences and retirement issues

This paper uses the 2002 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) wealth module data to examine levels of wealth and debt in Australia among different age groups. This paper analyses the 2002 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) wealth module data...

Jobless households: longitudinal analysis of the persistence and determinants of joblessness using HILDA data for 2001–03

This report compares cross-sectional and longitudinal joblessness rates and finds that, for some types of household - especially lone parent and lone person households - joblessness is persistent. However, for other types of household (especially couple households), joblessness is usually a transient or short term...

Families, incomes and jobs: a statistical report of the HILDA Survey

The HILDA Survey provides a new type of social statistics for Australia – longitudinal panel statistics describing the ways in which people’s lives are changing. In this report Bruce Headey, Diana Warren and Glenys Harding provide information and statistical tables covering the four main areas...