Why unmarried couples are now behaving more like married couples

Almost 10 years since equitable property division divorce laws were universally extended to unmarried Australian couples, their behaviour is more closely mirroring that of couples who are married.

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper examines the effects of the consistent extension of Australian family law to unmarried couples, focus...

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Using economics to address gender inequalities

Life Course Centre researchers will be well represented at the Australian Gender Economics Workshop, co-hosted by the Women in Economics Network and RMIT University, in Melbourne on 13-15 February 2019.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s program features a diverse array of workshop topics, prominent keyno...

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Examining Intergenerational Mobility in Australia Using Administrative Data

Intergenerational mobility is an important dimension of equality of opportunity. However, the evidence on the degree of intergenerational mobility in Australia, the extent to which economic outcomes persist from one generation to the next, has to date been limited in its precision and scope by the data available.

A new Life Course Cent...

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Measuring and improving the financial well-being of Australians

Financial well-being is hard to get a handle on.

That’s because it’s a mix of how people feel and how they objectively are.

And it’s multifaceted, including things such as spending, saving, investing, borrowing, and insuring, and competing goals that involve trade-offs, such as whether to spend or save.

To help, the Melbo...

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Remembering Professor Erik Olin Wright

The Life Course Centre is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Erik Olin Wright of the University of Wisconsin on January 23, 2019. Professor Wright, 71, was a very important mentor and friend to the Life Course Centre and we join his family and friends in mourning the loss of such an esteemed colleague and iconic thinker. ...

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Time Investments Explain Academic Achievement by Children of Asian Immigrants

In most countries where English is the main language, children of Asian immigrants do better at school than both children of native-born parents and children of immigrants not from Asia. A new Life Course Centre Working Paper is the first to explore whether differences in time use by children of Asian-born parents may help to explain this per...

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Beyond Graduation: Socio-Economic Background and Post-University Outcomes

A new Life Course Centre Working Paper examines whether Australian graduates from low socio-economic backgrounds benefit from their university degree to the same extent as graduates from high socio-economic backgrounds.

The paper highlights the role of higher education in mitigating socio-economic inequalities in Australia, but also su...

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Having a second child worsens parents’ mental health: new research

Children are a wonderful gift, bringing joy, laughter, and love. But, then there are the toys, the sleepless nights, the constant barrage of “why?” questions and the plethora of sticky handprints.

For many parents, the decision to have a second child is made with the expectation that two can’t be more work than one. But our research on...

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What is poverty, and does it need to be redefined?

By Laura Simpson Reeves

Poverty is a loaded term. How it is defined and operationalised is critical to policy and academic debates, as this is intertwined with explanations, causes, and possible solutions.

In both policy and scholarly discourse, the term ‘poverty’ has been viewed through an economic lens and has referred almost ...

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Turning ‘big brother’ surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless

Caption: Cairns has an extensive CCTV network, which as well as keeping homeless people under surveillance is sometimes used to help them. Andreina Schoeberlein/Flickr, CC BY-NC
Surveillance evokes fear of a “big brother” state watching our every move. The proliferation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in our cities and the e...

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