Lynne Cockerell


Labour force participation and household debt

In the past decade or so there has been a substantial rise in the indebtedness and debt-servicing obligations of Australian households. This has been accompanied by a trend increase in labour force participation (LFP) for women and more recently for men. Microeconomic data show a...
Discussion paper

Current account deficits: the Australian debate

This paper presents some empirical evidence consistent with optimal smoothing in the face of temporary shocks; the persistence of the deficit is attributed to a modest degree of impatience relative to the rest of the world. It is argued that the factors that have made...

Social science research and public policy: narrowing the divide

This paper examines the relationship between social science research and public policy and its processes, and suggests directions for the best use of research in developing public policy.

Appointments to public sector boards in Australia: cronyism or competence?

Drawing on a study several Australian government agencies and their board members Meredith Edwards considers appointments to public sector boards in Australia and identifies opportunities for reform drawing on experiences from abroad.