Lixin Cai


Work choices of married women: drivers of change

Drawing on HILDA panel data, this study estimates the influences affecting married women’s participation in the labour force and how this changes with changes in their lives. The analysis provides useful estimates of parameters that assist in predicting how changes in these well-known factors affect...

Union wage effects in Australia: Evidence from panel data

Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, this research indicates that unobserved heterogeneity substantially biases cross-sectional estimates of union wage effects upward for both males and females. Estimates of the union wage premium for male workers between the ages...

Effects of health on wages of Australian men

As a form of human capital health, like education, determines an individual's productivity and thus wage rates. While there are numerous overseas studies that examine the effect of health on wages, research on this issue using Australian data is scarce. Lixin Cai investigates the effect...

Disability support pension recipients: who gets off (and stays off) payments?

There is a close correspondence between disability benefit receipt and labour market outcomes according to this study of centrelink records. Entry to disability support pensions via unemployment benefits is associated with substantially reduced prospects of exiting the pension, while employment during this time is associated...

Health status and labour force status of older working-age Australian men

The trend of declining labour force participation by older working-age men, combined with an ageing population, has led many industrialised nations to develop policies encouraging older male workers to remain in the labour force. A better understanding of how an individual's health influences the labour...