Life Course Centre researcher wins WA early career education research award

Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Hancock, a Life Course Centre Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute, who has received the Western Australian Institute for Education Research 2020 Early Career Award.

The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research aims to promote and disseminate new e...

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Life Course Centre student progresses to Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty Final

Congratulations to Life Course Centre student Ella Kuskoff, the winner of the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) event held at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland this week.

Ella’s 3MT presentation, ‘The Road to Inequality is Paved with Good Policy Intentions’, highlights how policies with positive int...

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Present bias for monetary and dietary rewards: Evidence from Chinese teenagers

The model of present-biased time preference is a cornerstone of behavioural economics and a new Life Course Centre Working Paper provides evidence that fills important gaps in empirical research on this model.

Self-control is a key characteristic for effective self-regulation and personal goal attainment, and economists model self-cont...

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Social support and mental wellbeing in retirement

While retirement is a significant life event, there has been little research on whether and how social support evolves around this event. A new Life Course Centre Working Paper addresses this knowledge gap by examining the relationship between the retirement transition and social support and mental wellbeing. The paper extends existing work i...

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Inaugural Life Course Centre Working Paper Series award winners announced

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre) has announced its inaugural Working Paper Series award winners.

All 30 Life Course Centre Working Papers published in 2019 were eligible for the awards, which were determined by a nine-member panel of judges in a...

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Examining Australia’s low wage growth since the GFC

Employees in Australia, as in many other countries, have experienced declining wage growth since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). This decline has received much attention from policymakers and central banks because of the social impact it can have by making households vulnerable to financial distress.

However, few studies have i...

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The lingering wage gaps of refugee workers

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper investigates why established refugee workers continue to have lower salaries than comparable native-born workers.

The topic is explored via the case study of Sweden, which has a refugee-friendly migration policy, a large share of the population with a refugee background, and allows asylum seekers ...

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One in five adolescents have suicidal thoughts or anxiety

A global mental health study led by the Life Course Centre has found approximately one in five teenagers experience thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

The University of Queensland study investigated data collected from more than 275,000 adolescents aged between 12-17 years across 82 low, middle and high income countries. It found 14 per c...

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What is driving Australia’s increased female labour participation?

Similar to many other developed countries, Australia has seen large increases in labour force participation for women since the 1990s. But identifying the main drivers of this trend still largely remains an open question.

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper seeks to explain Australia’s rising female labour force participation by exa...

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What are the life course consequences of childhood health problems?

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper investigates how health inequalities originate and are shaped over people’s lives.

The study examines the links between different dimensions of childhood health and multiple health-related life course outcomes by gender. The dimensions of childhood health are mental, physical, self-rated general h...

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