Household consumption

Report

Kicking the gas habit: how gas is harming our health

Decades of aggressive marketing to Australians has led to several misconceptions about gas. This report is about Australia’s gas industry, the threat it poses to our health, and the way out - kicking the gas habit for a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous future.
Report

‘We want it to work’: understanding household experiences with new energy technologies in Australia

New energy technologies are coming to market faster than regulatory frameworks can adapt, exposing users (and non-users) to new forms of risks and costs. This report considers the implications associated with ‘responsibilising’ householders for new types of involvement in the energy system.
Working paper

Exchange rates, remittances and expenditure of households with foreign-born members: evidence from Australia

This paper examines the impact of the depreciation of the Australian dollar on the expenditure of households with foreign-born members in Australia.
Discussion paper

Financial conditions and downside risk to economic activity in Australia

The key finding in this paper is that financial conditions provide useful information about downside risks to GDP and employment growth, and upside risks to the unemployment rate. That is, when financial conditions are extremely restrictive, the risks of very bad outcomes for these variables...
Discussion paper

How risky is Australian household debt?

It is often observed that the level of household debt (relative to income) is high in Australia compared with other countries and its own history. Concerns about how this will influence the economy’s ability to navigate a major downturn have for many years been central...
Policy report

Building better energy efficiency programs for low-income households

Low-income energy efficiency programs are an important component of ratepayer-funded efficiency portfolios throughout the country, but there is room for improvement and expansion. In this report the authors address the challenges and opportunities of low-income programs that target single-family homes. This report includes a survey...
Report

Assessing the impact of solar PV on domestic electricity consumption in Sydney: Exploring the prospect of rebound effects

This study examines patterns of electricity use by Sydney households who have installed solar PV technology compared to those who have not in order to identify whether conservation or rebound effects are associated with domestic photovoltaics. A rebound effect exists when expected energy (and carbon)...
Report

Inquiry into housing policies, labour force participation and economic growth

This research presents evidence on how housing policies might promote labour force participation and economic growth through four channels - housing supply responsiveness, labour mobility, employment decisions and consumption.
Report

Housing prices, household debt and household consumption

This research investigated the relationship between increasing housing prices (or housing wealth) and the increased consumption expenditure of households from before the GFC and afterwards.
Working paper

GST reform in Australia: implications of estimating price elasticities of demand for food

This paper uses detailed information about household supermarket purchases from the Australian Nielsen Homescan Survey to estimate price elasticities of demand for a range of food categories.