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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...
Briefing paper

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021: briefing note

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated just how damaging job insecurity is, not only to individual workers and their families, but to society as a whole. This briefing paper lays out the Bill’s provisions and Per Capita's arguments against them.
Working paper

Technology, growth, and inequality: changing dynamics in the digital era

Digital transformation is a defining feature of our time. This paper argues that as technology shifts market dynamics, policies must ensure that markets remain inclusive, and support broad access to the new opportunities for firms and workers.
Report

Net zero jobs

Australia is facing increased international pressure to adopt a target of achieving net zero carbon equivalent emissions. This report presents an analysis of the effects of such a target on Australian jobs.
Report

Working from home: from invisibility to decent work

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in the world’s workforce have shifted to home-working, thereby joining the hundreds of millions of workers who have already been working from home for decades. This report seeks to improve understanding of home work, as well as...
Report

Back in business? WA small businesses and the impact of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the economy and business sector, but for small businesses these shocks can be more challenging to deal with, with fewer resources to draw from. This report covers findings from the 2020 BCEC Small Business Survey including the...
Report

Billionaire wealth vs. community health: protecting essential workers from pandemic profiteers

This report identifies a dozen companies in the United States that have seen their fortunes increase, but continue to provide inadequate protection for their workers. These companies are emblematic of the corporate greed that has grown rampant over the last forty years.
Report

Are new technologies changing the nature of work? The evidence so far

This study illustrates that, although recent advances in automation technologies have affected what workers do on the job and which occupations they work in, the overall changes are not substantive.
Report

Skills for the post-pandemic world

This report argues that the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis, and the many second-order trends associated with it, raise new implications for how people think about education, the workplace, and skills training.