Published Research - Household Expenditure Survey


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Andreasson, J.G, and Shevchenko, P.V. 2017, 'Assessment of Policy Changes to Means-Tested Age Pension Using Expected Utility Model: Implication for Decisions in Retirement', SSRN.

Andreasson, J.G., Shevchenko, P.V. and Novikov, A. 2017, 'Optimal consumption, investment and housing with means-tested public pension in retirement', ScienceDirect, Insurance: Mathematica and Economics, vol. 75, pp. 32-4.

Scealy, J.L. and Welsh, A.H. 2016, 'A directional mixed effects model for compositional expenditure data', Journal of the American Statistical Association, vol. 112, No. 517, pp. 24-36.

Ulubasoglu, M., Mallick, D., Wadud, M., Hone, P. and Haszler, H. 2016, 'Food demand elasticities for Australia', Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 60, No. 2, pp. 177–195.

Yates, J. and Yanotti, M.B. 2016, 'Australia’s 25 years with a deregulated housing finance system: looking back and looking forward', Milestones in European Housing Finance, Chapter 3, pp. 37-55.

Daley, J and Wood, D. 2015, 'A GST Reform Package', Grattan Institute Report No. 2015-12.

Lunde, J. and Whitehead, C. 2015, 'Milestones in European Housing Finance', Wiley Blackhead.

Ong, R., Wood, G. and Colic-Peisker, V. 2015, 'Housing older Australians: Loss of homeownership and pathways into housing assistance', Urban Studies, vol. 52, No.16.

Peters, B. and McWhinnie S.F. 2015, 'On the Rebound: Estimating Direct Rebound Effects for Australian Households', Working Paper No. 2015-18, School of Economics, University of Adelaide.

Atalay, K., Whelan, S. and Yates, J. 2014, 'House Prices, Wealth and Consumption: New Evidence from Australia and Canada', Review of Income and Wealth.

Feng, J. and Gerrans, P. 2014, Patterns of voluntary worker retirement savings: a longitudinal analysis. Stream 3: Better Superannuation Outcomes, Working Paper CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Centre.

Phillips. B. 2013, NATSEM Household Budget Report: coast of living ad standard of living indexes for Australia June 2013. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), University of Canberra.

Cheng, T.C. 2011, 'Measuring the Effects of Removing Subsidies for Private Insurance on Public Expenditure for Health Care', Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series, 26/11.

Murray, C. 2011, 'Income dependent direct and indirect rebound effects from "green" consumption choices in Australia', Queensland University of Technology.

Tanton, R., Vidyamattama, Y., Nepal, B. & McNamara, J. 2011, 'Small area estimation using a reweighting algorithm', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, vol. 174, no. 4.

Bradbury, B. 2010, 'The fourth retirement pillar in rich nations', Conference "Inequality and the status of the middle class, lessons from the Luxembourg income study, 28-30 June 2010, Luxembourg.

Barrett, G.F., Brzozowski, M. 2010, 'Using engel curves to estimate the bias in the Australian CPI'. Economic Record, vol. 86, no. 272, pp. 1-14.

Yates, J. and Bradbury. B. 2010, 'Home ownership as a (crumbling) fourth pillar of social insurance in Australia', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol 25, no. 2, pp. 193-211.
Breunig, R. and McKibbin, R. 2009, 'The effect of survey design on household reporting of financial difficulty', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A., vol 174, issue 4, pp. 991-1005.

Gallego, B and Lenzen, M. 2009, 'The Dynamics of Regions and Networks in Industrial Ecosystems 'Estimating generalized regional input-output systems: a case study of Australia', United Kingdom 2009.

Katz, I and Rrdmond, G. 2009, 'Investment in early Childhood in Australia: international comparisons and recent trends', Health Sociology Review, vol. 18, issue. 1.

Barret, G. and Tseng,Y. 2007, 'Retirement Saving in Australia', Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 177, McMaster University.

Chin, S. and Harding, A. 2007 'Spatial MSM - NATSEM’s Small Area Household Model for Australia', In Gupta, A. and Harding, A., (Eds). International Symposia in Economic Theory and Econometrics, vol. 16. pp. 563-566. Amsterdam.

Worthington, A., Brown, K, Crawford, M. and Pickernell, D. 2007, 'Gambling participation in Australia: findings from the National Household Expenditure Survey', Review of Economics of the Household, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 209-21.

Brown, L., Abello, A. and Harding, A. 2006, 'Distributional impacts of the PBS in 2005-06. An investment in Australian families', In the 3rd Annual Conference on the future of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Lyons, M, McGregor-Lowndes, M and O'Donoghue, P. 2006, 'Researching giving and volunteering in Australia'. Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 41, no. 4, Summer 2006: pp. 385-97.

Saunders, P. 2006, 'The costs of disability and the incidence of poverty', SPRC discussion paper, no. 147, University of New South Wales. Social Policy Research Centre.

Temple, J. 2006, Household factors associated with older Australians purchasing a varied diet: results from household expenditure data, Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 28-35.

Chan, S. 2005, 'Indicators of financial exclusion conference presentation', The Australian Social Policy Conference 2005 organised by the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW.

Chin, S-F., Harding, A., Lloyd, R., McNamara, J., Phillips, B. and Vu, Q.N. 2005, 'Spatial microsimulation using synthetic small-area estimates of income, tax and social security benefits', Refereed proceedings of the ANZRSAI/EDANZ Conference, Manukau City, New Zealand, 27–30 September 2005.

Harding, A. 2005, 'Recent trends in income inequality in Australia', Presentation to the Conference on Sustaining Prosperity: New Reform Opportunities for Australia, Melbourne, 31 March 2005.

Harding, A., Vu, Q., Percival, R. and Beer, G. 2005, 'The distributional impact of the proposed welfare-to-work reforms upon sole parents', Report to the National Foundation of Australian Women, August 2005, Published on NATSEM and NFAW websites.

Harding, A., Warren, N. and Lloyd, R. 2005, 'GST and the changing incidence of Australian taxes: 1994-95 to 2001-02', eJournal of Tax Research, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 114-45.

Hill, P. 2005, 'Understanding Australian women's poverty and wage inequality: towards an income of one's own', University of New South Wales.

Lloyd, R., Harding, A., Warren, N. 2005, 'Redistribution, the welfare state and lifetime transitions', Paper presented at the Conference on Transitions and Risk: New Directions in Social Policy, Melbourne, 24 February 2005.

Temple, J. 2005, 'Older Australians as consumers: the role of selected demographic factors in explaining expenditure on necessities', PhD Thesis, Graduate Program in Demography, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Temple, J. 2005, 'The seniors Concession Allowance and Utility Allowance: equity implications', People and Place, vol 13, issue 1.

Warren, N., Harding, A. and Lloyd, R. 2005, 'ANTS and the changing incidence of Australian taxes : 1994-95 to 2001-02', Paper presented at 17th ATTA Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 26-28 January 2005.

Worthington, A. 2005, 'A note on households’ choice of emergency finance', Economics Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 1-7. Retrieved September 3, 2007.

Yusuf, F. and Martins, J. 2005, 'Holiday taking behaviour and expenditure on holidays by the Australian households', Journal of Business Research.

Blacklow, P. 2004, 'Intertemporal equivalence scales', A paper presented at the Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society (ESAM04), Melbourne 7-9 July 2004.

Bradbury, B. 2004, 'Consumption and the within-household income distribution: outcomes from an Australian natural experiment CESifo', Economic Studies, vol. 50, 3/2004, pp. 501-540.

Cumpston, R. 2004, 'Models of the income, expenditure and assets of Australians', Paper presented to the Australian Population Association National Conference in September 2004.

Dugdale, A., Daly, A., Papandrea, F. and Maley, M. 2004, 'Connecting the dots: accessing e-government' ,Discussion Paper no. 16.

Harding, A., Abello, A., Brown, L. and Phillips, B. 2004, 'Distributional Impact of Government Outlays on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in 2001-02', Economic Record, vol. 80, no. s1, S83–S96.

Harding, A., Lloyd, R. and Warren, N. 2004, 'The distribution of taxes and government benefit in Australia', Paper presented to the Conference on the Distributional Effects of Government Spending and Taxation, The Levy Economics Institute, 15 October, 2004. Canberra: University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.

Saunders, P. 2004, 'From Income Poverty to Deprivation', SPRC Discussion Paper no. 131. The Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales.

Taylor, E., Harding, A., Lloyd, R. and Blake, M. 2004, 'Housing unaffordability at the Statistical Local Area level: new estimates using spatial microsimulation', Paper presented at the 2004 ANZRSAI Conference, Wollongong, September 2004.

Worthington, A.C. 2004, 'Emergency funds in Australian households: an empirical analysis of capacity and sources', Financial Counseling and Planning, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 21-30.

Yusuf, F. and Eliezer, S. 2004, 'Internet shopping behaviour in Australia, 1999-2000', Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy, Wellington.

Abello, A., Brown, L., Walker, A. and Thurecht, L. 2003, 'An economic forecasting microsimulation model of the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme' Technical Paper no. 30. Canberra: University of Canberra, National Centre for Economic Modeling.

Athanasopoulos, G. and Vahid, F. 2003, 'Statistical inference and changes in income inequality in Australia' , Economic Record, 2003, vol. 79, no. 247, pp. 412-24.

Bray, R. 2003, 'Hardship and Australian families', 8th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 12-14 February 2003. Retrieved September 5, 2007

Department of Family and Community Services 2003, 'In Inquiry into Poverty and Financial Hardship', Senate Community Affairs References Committee.

Harding, A., Lloyd, R., Bill, A. and King, A. 2003, 'Assessing poverty and inequality at a detailed regional level: new advances in spatial microsimulation', Presentation to BTRE Inaugural National Regional Research Colloquium held in Canberra, 19 February 2003. Canberra: University of Canberra, National Centre for Economic Modeling.

Harding, A., Lloyd, R., and Greenwell, H. 2003, 'In The spending patterns and other characteristics of low-income households. (chap. 1). Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into poverty in Australia.

McMahon, R. G. P 2003, 'An Exploratory Study of Under and Over-Investment amongst Manufacturing SMEs from Australia's Business Longitudinal Survey', International Small Business Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 29-53.

Ranjan, R. and Blacklow, P. 2003,'Intra-household resource allocation: consumer preferences and commodity tax reforms', Australian evidence paper published in Economic Period, 2003, vol. 79, no. 247, pp. 425-33.

Saunders, P. 2003, 'The Cambridge Handbook of Social Sciences in Australia', In I. McAllister, S. Dowrick, and R. Hassan (Eds..), Income distribution and redistribution (p. 118-137).

Saunders, P. 2003, 'The Meaning and measurement of poverty: towards an agenda for action.The Meaning and University of NSW', Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Poverty and Financial Hardship.

Worthington, A.C., Brown, K.A., Crawford, M.C. and Pickernell, D. 2003, 'Socioeconomic and demographic determinants of household gambling in Australia', Discussion Paper, no. 156. Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, School of Economics and Finance.

Worthington, Andrew C. 2003, 'Emergency finance in Australian households. An empirical analysis of capacity and sources', School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper and Working Papers No. 163.

Worthington, Andrew C. 2003, 'Debt as a source of financial stress in Australian households', School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper and Working Papers No. 164

Apps, P.F. 2002, 'Comment on ’The Five Economists’ Plan: the original idea and further developments', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 5, no. 2, Special Issue Creating Jobs. The Role of Government Conference 6-7 September 2001.

King, A., McLellan, J. and Lloyd. R. 2002, 'Regional microsimulation for improved service delivery in Australia: Centrelink's CuSP Model', Paper presented at the 27th General Conference, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, Djurhamn, Sweden, 18-25 August 2002. Canberra: University of Canberra, National Centre for Economic Modeling.

Melhuish, T., Blake, M. and Day, S. 2002, 'An evaluation of synthetic household populations for Census Collection Districts created using spatial microsimulation techniques', Paper presented at the 26th Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International Annual Conference, Gold Coast. Australia, 29 September to 2 October, 2002. Canberra: University of Canberra, National Centre for Economic Modeling.

Ranjan, R. and Lancaster, G. 2002, 'Tests of income pooling on household budget data: the Australian evidence paper', Australian Economic Papers, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 99-114.

Bray, R. J. 2001, 'Hardship in Australia. An analysis of financial stress indicators in the 1998–99 Australian Bureau of Statistics Household Expenditure Survey', Department of Family and Community Services Occasional Paper no. 4.

Barrett, G.F., Crossley, T.F. and Worswick, C. 2000, 'Demographic Trends and Consumption Inequality in Australia between 1975 and 1993', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 46, no.4, pp. 437-56.

Barrett, G.F., Crossley, T.F. and Worswick, C. 2000, 'Consumption and Income Inequality in Australia', Economic Record, vol. 76, pp.116-38.

Blacklow, P. and Ray, R. 2000, 'A comparison of income and expenditure inequality estimates: The Australian evidence, 1975-76 to 1993-94', Australian Economic Review, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 317-29.

Apps, P.F. and Rees, R. 'Fertility, dependency and social security', CEPR Discussion Paper, RSSS, Australian National University.

Apps, P.F. 'Why an earned income tax credit program is a mistake for Australia', Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Blacklow, P. 'The impact of price movements', A paper reviewed for the journal Economic Record.

Breunig, R. 'Estimates of family labour supply in Australia and examining financial stress', Working Papers.

Brown, J. 'Women and part-time work. A better balance?', Labour and Industry Part-time Work.

Brown, J. 'Time for care: the consequences of four policy designs', The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.

Brown, L., Abello, A., Phillips, B., Lymer, S. and Harding, A. 'Modelling health outcomes and the PBS' Health Economists Conference.

Harding, A., Lloyd, R., and Warren, N. 'Income distribution and redistribution: the impact of selected government benefits and taxes in Australia in 2001-02', Paper prepared for the 28th General Conference of The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, Cork, Ireland 22 – 28 August 2004.

2011, 'Submission to the Tasmanian State Taxation Review', Insurance Council of Australia.

Naseri, M. 'Household expenditure patterns', PhD thesis, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Smith, B. 'Determinants of travel behaviour', PhD thesis, University of Western Australia, Western Australia.

Temple, J. 'Economic activity of older persons aged 55 and over', PhD thesis, Australian National University, Canberra.