Income

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Report

Caring costs us: the economic impact on lifetime income and retirement savings of informal carers

The focus of this report is on highlighting the economic impact of unpaid care - specifically, lost income during working life and the longer-term reduction in accruing superannuation, which affects retirement savings. In economic terms this is called the ‘opportunity cost of caring’.
Working paper

Intergenerational well-being: baby boomers, generation X, and millennials in Australia

This paper discusses the relative well-being of three generations: baby boomers, Generation X and millennials. Drawing on the OECD well-being framework, the paper examines income and wealth, housing, working conditions, health, education, environmental quality, social connections, safety and inequality.
Report

Levelling up: five questions about what the government means by the phrase

This report looks at what is known about the UK government’s priorities for 'levelling up.' Based on the Plan for Growth, Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech in July, and the main policies announced so far, it is clear that levelling up is about more than...
Report

No longer 'managing': the rise of working poverty and fixing Britain's broken social settlement

This paper traces the emergence of a poorly understood social challenge and one which symbolises Britain’s broken ‘social settlement’ - the continued rise in working poverty since the beginning of this century.
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 2: who is affected and why

This report is the second part of the research being conducted by the ACOSS and UNSW Poverty and Inequality in Australia Partnership. The research uses the latest available data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (for 2017-18), and digs deeper into understanding who stands where...
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 1: overview - supplement: the impact of COVID-19 on income inequality

The COVID-19 virus, together with the ‘lockdowns’ instituted from March 2020 to prevent its spread, plunged the Australian economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This Supplement outlines what the available data tells us about the impacts on employment and...
Report

Inequality in Australia 2020 - part 1: overview

This report includes a preliminary analysis of the likely impact of COVID-19, the associated ‘lockdowns’, and government income support measures on income inequality.
Discussion paper

Mind the gap: the Australian Actuaries Intergenerational Equity Index - green paper

It is important to understand how intergenerational equity is changing over time. The Australian Actuaries Intergenerational Equity Index (AAIEI) contributes to this discussion by tracking and assessing 24 indicators, across six broad domains, that relate to wealth and wellbeing (economic and fiscal, housing, health and...
Report

Why did young people’s incomes decline?

This report provides an in-depth analysis of how income sources evolved between 2001 and 2018 for various age groups, and why. It shows the main driver behind lower incomes for young people is falling wage income.
Report

Hardship, distress, and resilience: the initial impacts of COVID-19 in Australia

This paper provides a summary of the impact of COVID-19 on labour market outcomes, income, financial stress, social cohesiveness, political attitudes, subjective wellbeing, and psychological distress.
Report

Billionaire bonanza 2020

In this report, the authors show how billionaire wealth has grown astoundingly over the last few decades — and, for some “pandemic profiteers,” even more dramatically since the COVID-19 crisis.
Working paper

Returns to adult education and training in New Zealand

In this paper, the authors analyse the impact of adult education and training on labour market outcomes. Using the New Zealand Household Labour Force Survey linked to administrative education and earnings data, it is estimated that on average, studying for a tertiary qualification increases the...
Working paper

Marginal benefits? Electoral geography and economic outcomes

This paper exploits the substantial and exogenously determined changes to electoral boundaries that occurred between the 1983 and 1984 elections in Australia. This context allows examination of whether political parties redistribute discretionary resources towards marginal districts, or to safe districts so as to ‘reward the...
Report

Living in Australia: a snapshot of Australian society and how it is changing over time

This report summarises the findings from Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, which stands as a guide to inform our understanding of what’s shaping modern Australia.
Working paper

The application of income support obligations and penalties to remote Indigenous Australians, 2013–18

This paper analyses the pattern of income support penalties applied to people participating in remote employment services from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018. Between 30 000 and 37 000 unemployed Australians were participating in these services at any given time during this period...
Guide

Australian earnings data: a quick guide

This quick guide provides information on sources available for Australian earnings data, drawing on data from the ABS and other sources.
Policy report

NATSEM modelling shows electorates with the highest rates of housing stress, poverty and inequality

In this policy note, and for the first time, levels of housing stress, poverty and income inequality have been modelled on the new Federal Electorate boundaries.
Commentary

How to make Australia fairer

We’re doing better than many comparable countries, but that’s not enough, says Carmela Chivers.
Report

Exploring the practicalities of a basic income pilot

This report highlights learning from basic income pilots underway or in planning in Finland, Ontario and the Netherlands, compiled from discussions with representatives at the Basic Income Earth Network 2018 World Congress.
Working paper

Trajectories of social and economic outcomes and problem gambling risk in Australia

This paper explores economic variables (household income, employment, qualification, financial hardship, risk and stress) and selected social variables (life satisfaction, psychological distress, alcohol intake and smoking) from multiple HILDA waves in respect to problem gambling risk.