Report

Unemployment payments and work incentives: an international comparison

The Morisson Government has argued that Australia’s internationally low unemployment payments are needed, in part as an incentive to encourage the unemployed to look for and accept work. This report tests the government’s theory by comparing Australia’s unemployment payments and unemployment rate (pre-COVID) to that...
Report

Adjusting to job loss when times are tough

This study documents the use of four adjustment strategies by Canadian workers permanently laid off in 2009. The authors examine whether the adoption of strategies varied according to workers’ characteristics and their employment status a year after job loss, and to what extent it differed...
Briefing paper

When the going gets tough ... the gas industry sacks workers

The analysis in this report estimates that the oil and gas industry cut around 10 percent of its workforce in the 12 months to December last year. Despite this, the Australian Government is continuing to hand out large taxpayer subsidies to the industry as part...
Discussion paper

JobMatcher: real unemployment insurance

Many Australians receive very little protection from income risk due to unemployment. A significant portion of people live paycheck-to-paycheck. This discussion paper outlines a new proposal to better support Australians experiencing unemployment.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Deb Frecklington says Queensland had four consecutive years of the highest unemployment in the nation before the pandemic. Is that correct?

Deb Frecklington says Queensland had four consecutive years of the highest unemployment in the nation before the pandemic. RMIT ABC Fact Check found that claim to be wrong.
Working paper

How does monetary policy affect welfare?

The present paper addresses the question of how to estimate a social welfare function defined over inflation and unemployment that can help inform the policy decisions of central banks by providing a way to measure the well-being costs arising from macroeconomic fluctuations.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Steven Miles said the LNP cut 4,400 health workers when it was last in power and that Labor reversed those cuts. Is that correct?

During the 2020 Queensland election campaign, Steven Miles, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, consistently attacked the Liberal National Party's track record, claiming they had slashed 4,400 jobs in healthcare when they last held office. Verdict: Mr Miles's claim is overstated.
Conference paper

Changing patterns of disadvantage in Gold Coast City

This paper investigates social divisions and the spatial patterns that result from differential levels of engagement with jobs and housing markets in a contemporary Australian urban setting.
Report

A wave of disadvantage across NSW: impact of the COVID-19 recession

COVID-19 has started an economic tsunami that threatens to overwhelm progress towards reducing disadvantage across New South Wales. This report provides estimates based on international, Australian and original research on the impact of rising unemployment on disadvantage across NSW’s regions.
Fact sheet

Fighting poverty: unemployment policies in Nordic countries

Examining poverty rates and welfare policies in Nordic countries highlights the inadequacy of Australian policies and what can and should now be done to improve them.