Steven Kennedy


Labour force participation and the influence of educational attainment

Using census data, the authors find that the participation rates of both men and women with low educational attainment rose substantially between 2001 and 2006. However, the participation rates of people with no post-school qualifications remain significantly below those with post-school qualifications (around 10 percentage...

Recent productivity outcomes and Australia’s potential growth

In recent years, employment has grown strongly while output has grown modestly. This implies a weak growth in labour productivity that is difficult to interpret. This article explores some possible explanations for recent economic growth and labour productivity outcomes, with a focus on developments in...

Older men bounce back: the re-emergence of older male workers

Over the past five years, the labour force participation rate of older Australian men has risen after declining for over 25 years. In combination with ongoing increases in older women’s participation, the participation rate of older persons is now at its highest level on record...

A primer on the macroeconomic effects of an influenza pandemic

Steven Kennedy, Jim Thomson and Petar Vujanovic discuss the pathways through which a pandemic might affect the Australian economy. They find that confidence effects and the (large) short term withdrawal of labour are probably the dominant mechanisms through which a pandemic adversely affects the economy...

The stability of self assessed health status

The use of self assessed health status as a measure of health is common in empirical research. Thomas F Crossley and Steven Kennedy analyse a unique Australian survey in which a significant number of respondents changed their assessment of health status after being administered an...