Nudges, Not Legislation Will Drive People to Save More for Retirement – The Conversation

Extract from an artilce by Osei K. Wiafe, Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Personal Finance and Superannuation (GCPFS), Griffith University Getting Australian workers to save more in order to become more self-reliant in retirement is a policy idea most people understand. Over time there is increasing pressure on government funding of the age pension. In 2013-14, … [Read More] Nudges, Not Legislation Will Drive People to Save More for Retirement – The Conversation

Modification of Public Policies by Street-Level Organisations: An institutional work perspective – Journal of Social Policy (N)

ABSTRACT The literature on policy implementation is divided with regards to the impact of street-level bureaucrats on the implementation of public policies. In this paper, we aim to add to and nuance these debates by focusing on ‘institutional work’ – i.e. the creation, maintenance and disruption of institutions – undertaken by central authorities and street-level … [Read More] Modification of Public Policies by Street-Level Organisations: An institutional work perspective – Journal of Social Policy (N)

How Do Job Skills That Decline With Age Affect White-Collar Workers? – CRR (US)

The brief’s key findings are: The ability to work longer can be hampered by skills that decline with age. Declining physical skills – such as diminished strength and flexibility – are easy to spot and often associated with blue-collar jobs. But white-collar jobs may also require abilities that decline with age, including cognitive and fine … [Read More] How Do Job Skills That Decline With Age Affect White-Collar Workers? – CRR (US)

Predicting unemployment: Occupational aspiration–achievement discrepancy as a risk factor in Norwegian young adults – International Journal of Social Welfare

ABSTRACT Research on risk of unemployment has focused primarily on the importance of individual assets, such as level of education achieved and personal characteristics. This study investigated whether a discrepancy between current occupational position and occupational aspirations predicts unemployment. Achieving occupational aspirations may be highly important for young people in Western societies. The analyses were … [Read More] Predicting unemployment: Occupational aspiration–achievement discrepancy as a risk factor in Norwegian young adults – International Journal of Social Welfare

Shuffling employment from one area to another? Why the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative didn’t work (UK) – LSE

Extract from an article by Elias Einiö and Henry Overman Businesses operating in poorer areas often receive direct, or indirect, support from government. Such support, it is hoped, will encourage entrepreneurship, increase employment and may, even, ‘turn around’ struggling areas. This support to business is often part of a wider package of measures as governments  target large … [Read More] Shuffling employment from one area to another? Why the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative didn’t work (UK) – LSE

Employment by industry statistics: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

INTRODUCTION – Extract This guide provides a brief overview of employment by industry and lists some relevant data sources. This is one in a series of statistical quick guides, designed to provide a basic understanding of Australian labour market data. Other guides include employment and labour force, which are available from the Parliamentary Library website. Who … [Read More] Employment by industry statistics: a quick guide – Australian Parliamentary Library

If the people can’t get to their jobs, bring the jobs to the people – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Phillip O’Neill It is difficult to find a public transport solution to Sydney’s congestion problem. It is equally difficult to find a motorways solution. The real problem is that Sydney’s urban structure is being configured in a way that defies a transport solution of any sort. And central to the problem … [Read More] If the people can’t get to their jobs, bring the jobs to the people – The Conversation

Trend employment growth in Australia eases – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release Trend employment growth in Australia eased from the relatively strong growth seen in late 2015, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. In March 2016, the annual trend employment growth rate was 2.2 per cent, down from 2.6 per cent in December 2015 . That’s an increase of … [Read More] Trend employment growth in Australia eases – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Worklessness is not a trait: why blaming and shaming is not a solution (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Mireia Borrell-Porta The recent controversy around the book The Welfare Trait is part of a long-standing debate on whether poverty is caused by structure or behaviour, writes Mireia Borrell-Porta. Here, she offers her own reading of the book and explains why claiming benefits is not simply a question of personality; instead, … [Read More] Worklessness is not a trait: why blaming and shaming is not a solution (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

An Unspoken Crisis: The ‘scarring effects’ of the complex nexus between education and work on two generations of young Australians – IJLE

ABSTRACT It is common for organizations such as the International Labour Organization and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to acknowledge that the links between education and work are far from smooth, creating a ‘crisis’ for youth. This includes increasing rates of unemployment, under-employment and precarious work. In Australia, the federal government response to … [Read More] An Unspoken Crisis: The ‘scarring effects’ of the complex nexus between education and work on two generations of young Australians – IJLE

Effectiveness of place-based policies: UK evidence – CEPR

Extract from an article by Elias Einiö and Henry Overman Areas experiencing poor economic performance are often targeted by governments with programmes aimed at improving employment. However, there are concerns that any increases in employment come at the cost of reduced employment elsewhere. This column examines the displacement effects of one such programme in the UK. … [Read More] Effectiveness of place-based policies: UK evidence – CEPR

Young people missing out on jobs to older workers and migrants: study – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Lisa Denny and Brendan Churchill Young people have missed out at the expense older workers and migrants in the job market, according to new research on youth employment. Government policy and Australia’s sluggish economy have added to the problem. While Australia avoided the worst of the global financial crisis, unemployment … [Read More] Young people missing out on jobs to older workers and migrants: study – The Conversation

Apprenticeship helps paint brighter future despite Geelong being home to second highest youth unemployment – Geelong Advertiser

Extract from an article by Anthea Cannon “The path I was going down was dark, gloomy and pointless,” Belmont’s Lachii King says. The 19-year-old was sleeping on friends’ couches and was constantly knocked back for jobs. “At the start I thought ‘there’s always tomorrow’ but after a few months you feel really s— about yourself. … [Read More] Apprenticeship helps paint brighter future despite Geelong being home to second highest youth unemployment – Geelong Advertiser

The fight for the environment and the fight for blue-collar jobs are one and the same – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Van Badham Market exploitation of working class people and of the environment adds up to the endangerment of both and, ultimately, us all The Great Australian Bight is a pristine marine environment. It’s a haven for humpback and sperm whales, blue whales and beak whales. It’s Australia’s most significant seal … [Read More] The fight for the environment and the fight for blue-collar jobs are one and the same – The Guardian

Low-paid women have 42% less super than men on same income, data shows – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Shalailah Medhora New data from the Australian Taxation Office shows gender super gap widens as women age and take time out to have children or look after family members. Women in the lowest two income brackets have an average of 42% less superannuation saved away then men in the same earning … [Read More] Low-paid women have 42% less super than men on same income, data shows – The Guardian

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