Income and the developing brain – the first three years


By Susan Prior When I sit down to talk to Professor Greg Duncan, Partner Investigator at the Life Course Centre (LCC) and Distinguished Professor at the University of California Irvine, my first question is ‘Tell me a bit about yourself’. He pauses, draws breath, and answers with a smile, ‘Well, ––’ he says, ‘I’m old.’… Read more »

House prices and unemployment rates can affect progress towards a degree


  Life Course Centre Research Fellow Professor Leslie Stratton has released a working paper on the link between housing prices, unemployment, disadvantage and progress towards a degree. In her working paper summary, Professor Stratton explains that when young men and women contemplating college consider the costs of doing so (both the direct costs, and the… Read more »

The inequality you can’t change that lasts a lifetime


Tina Rampino, The University of Queensland; Mark Western, The University of Queensland, and Wojtek Tomaszewski, The University of Queensland If you’re a healthy white man, live in the city and come from a wealthy family chances are you’ll be better off than someone with a different ethnicity, gender, or location. We found it’s factors like… Read more »

Moving the homeless on is not a solution


Life Course Centre Senior Research Fellow Dr Cameron Parsell laments the lack of political will and policy action towards solving the issue of homelessness in Australia, and specifically in Sydney, New South Wales. Martin Place, Sydney, has been the site of a ‘tent city’ for the past 12 months, bringing the plight of the homeless… Read more »

Positive parenting holds the key


The circumstances into which we are born can influence our lives right through to adulthood. Research has shown that children born into a poor family environment often have poorer health, and a poorer education, which in turn can effect employment prospects and income in adult life. Therefore, suggests Life Course Centre Partner Investigator Dr Orla… Read more »

Supporting teenage parents

Newborn baby with young mother and father on white background

While the rate of births to teenage parents continues to decline in Australia, adolescent pregnancy and parenthood remain a social and public health concern. A new working paper from Life Course Centre researchers Ms Heidi Hoffmann and Dr Sergi Vidal describes the context of Australian teenage pregnancy and parenthood, and outlines some of the challenges… Read more »

How much sleep you get can depend on where you live

Photo of a  tired mechanic after long day at work

Healthy sleep has important benefits for human wellbeing. Life Course Centre research fellow Dr Francisco Perales’s recent research into the effects of local economic conditions, economic vulnerability and sleep has shown that living in poor economic circumstances can result in sleep loss. In a paper, co-authored with Ms Stefanie Plage, titled ‘Losing ground, losing sleep:… Read more »

Gaming the system or changing the game


The Life Course Centre joined with the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre to host a public seminar on inequalities in early childhood education during Anti-Poverty Week (16-22 Oct 2016). With education playing a game-changing role for all children, the panel highlighted how and why producing more equal outcomes among disadvantaged children is… Read more »

The Perception of Inequality of Opportunity


Presenter: Paolo Brunori, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Bari Inequality of opportunity is a growing topic in economics. In recent years the number of empirical contributions to this literature exploded and the increasing quality and availability of survey data will probably encourage further empirical research in the future. Not surprisingly journal’s articles and… Read more »

Conversation with Marian Vidal-Fernandez

Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez

Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez is a Life course Centre (LCC) research fellow and a senior lecturer in economics at The University of Sydney’s School of Economics. She is a labour economist who uses applied micro-econometrics to study policy-relevant issues in labor, education, and health. Her research focuses on the determinants human capital within disadvantaged children and… Read more »