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Old, single and poor
This paper uses microdata and NATSEM's microsimulation models to examine the spatial distribution of poverty among older single people and to test the likely impact upon national and small area poverty rates of an increase in the single age pension rate. In recent months in...
There's no business like small business
Of all the private sector businesses in Australia, 96 per cent are small businesses with fewer than twenty employees and around two in every five private sector workers are employed in a small business. In the eleventh AMP-Natsem Income and Wealth Report, Shih-Foong Chin, Simon...
Options for reducing the adverse impact of the proposed welfare-to-work reforms upon people with disabilities and sole parents
In the May 2005 budget the federal government announced a range of proposed welfare to work measures, including significant changes which would significatly reduce weekly incomes and sharply increase effective marginal tax rates for sole parents and people with disabilities. In this report Ann Harding...
Assessing poverty and inequality at a detailed regional level: new advances in spatial microsimulation
During the past three years NATSEM has developed path-breaking spatial microsimulation techniques, involving the creation of synthetic data about the socioeconomic characteristics of households at a detailed regional level. The data are potentially available at any level of geographic aggregation, down to the level of...
Barriers to the take-up of new technology
Access to and use of the Internet and other telecommunications services are rapidly becoming an increasingly common and critical part of commerce, education and social participation. Groups with little opportunity to participate in the services provided by new telecommunications technology will be increasingly disadvantaged socially...
Regional incomes revisited: what happens to income distribution after age 65?
It is generally accepted that there are significant regional differences in income distribution in Australia. This paper examines the extent of these differences in the working population and in retirement. Differences in income distributions are analysed according to state or territory, remoteness and age. The...
Trends in taxable income
This report examines trends in taxable income by postcode in Australia between 1994-95 and 1998-99. The report is based on statistics published by the Australian Taxation Office on the number of taxpayers by postcode, their taxable income and the amount of tax paid.
Regional divide? A study of incomes in regional Australia
Regional diversity is a hot topic in Australia's policy agenda. The economic and social circumstances of Australians vary significantly by region. Analyses of income inequality in Australia have generally focussed on the national outcomes. In contrast, this paper uses regional modelling techniques to examine the...
Wherever I lay my debt, that's my home
The housing industry price bubble, coupled with rising interest rates, has resulted in more Australians struggling to buy and also then to pay off their home. Perhaps best demonstrating this struggle is that over the past decade outright home ownership dropped by about nine percentage...
Workforce participation and non-participation among baby boomers in Australia
Research by Cathy Gong and Justine McNamara at NATSEM, commissioned by the Brotherhood, found that there is a high degree of involuntary unemployment among older adults. Overall, 20% of people aged over 45 who are not working would like employment. Of those aged 45–54 the...