Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Michael North There are many names for the narratives pitting the older generation against the younger: Gen-Y versus Baby Boomers, “Generation Me” versus “Generation We,” and unfortunately my research demonstrates that the younger generation do see the older generation as competitors. My findings show overall that younger people have certain expectations … [Read More] Young workers expect their older colleagues to get out of the way – The Conversation

Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jozica Kutin, Mike Reid and Roslyn Russell Only recently have government and family violence services had access to data specifically on economic abuse. We analysed ABS data that identifies, for the first time, the extent of economic abuse in Australia. We established that disability, health status and financial stress were significantly associated with … [Read More] Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

Work After Age 65: A prospective study of Australian men and women – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: This study describes hours in paid work for Australian men and women aged over 65, focusing on associations between work and education. Methods: Data were analysed separately for men and women, from baseline and first follow-up surveys of the 45 and Up Study. Generalised estimating equation models were used to identify associations between work, education … [Read More] Work After Age 65: A prospective study of Australian men and women – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

Why is it that a mother caring for her children produces no ‘measured’ economic value, but the same mother hiring others to look after her children does? The answer stems from our narrow measurements of ‘economic activity’, which currently only captures activities for which people are paid. Unpaid work is excluded but we intuitively know … [Read More] Understanding the Unpaid Economy – Price Waterhouse Cooper

What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Extract If we were to measure the value of unpaid childcare to Australia’s economy in dollar terms, it would be the nation’s biggest – estimated at $345 billion. A new report from PwC, to be released on Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day, asks: Why is it that a mother caring for her children … [Read More] What’s a Woman Really Worth? The $345b value of unpaid work to Australia’s economy – The Sydney Morning Herald

Millennials in the workplace: not as different as you think – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Nick Haslam Comparing generations is a reliable way to provoke an argument. Members of one generation are apt to criticise the failings of others and be blind to their own. As George Orwell wrote: “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser … [Read More] Millennials in the workplace: not as different as you think – The Conversation

Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ABSTRACT Purpose – This study analyzes data from the first-ever national-level study of informal work in the United States (U.S.) to test two prominent points of focus in the literature: how participation in informal work relates to social embeddedness and formal labor supply. This paper also provides a comparative test of the factors associated with exchange-based … [Read More] Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Participation in Informal Work (US) – International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT People with disabilities in the United States experience lower levels of social integration than people without disabilities. However, less is known about the association between disability and volunteer participation—despite an extensive literature on other disparities in volunteerism. This study uses data from the 2009–2015 Volunteer Supplement of the Current Population Survey to evaluate how … [Read More] Disability and social participation: The case of formal and informal volunteering – Social Science Research

Inequality and Growth: Reviewing the economic and social impacts – The Australian Economic Review

Tony Ward’s review of the international literature on the links between inequality and economic growth has just been published:  ABSTRACT Does rising inequality provide incentives for individuals to work harder and invest? Or does it hamper economic growth? This article reviews the now-extensive literature on the subject. It starts by outlining some of the social impacts … [Read More] Inequality and Growth: Reviewing the economic and social impacts – The Australian Economic Review

Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe Darragh O’Keeffe says increasing numbers of Australians are living with immense money worries that are impacting on their physical and mental health, but it is important to know that help is available. It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial … [Read More] Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

ABSTRACT Highlights •A national program for fostering employability in at-risk adolescents is evaluated. •Specific aspects of the program that promoted employability are highlighted. •Improvement in employability and participants’ feedback were culture-specific. •Recommendations are made for flexible, culture-sensitive operation strategies. Abstract Recent studies indicate that the transition from school to work is a critical juncture in … [Read More] Fostering employability among youth at-risk in a multi-cultural context: Insights from a pilot intervention program – Children & Youth Services Review

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT How does one value something one cannot and often does not want to see? How do contemporary digital platforms and their infrastructures of connectivity, evaluation, and surveillance affect this relationship between value and visibility, when it is mediated through the problem of labor as at once a commodity and a lived experience? And how … [Read More] Platform labor: on the gendered and racialized exploitation of low-income service work in the ‘on-demand’ economy – Information, Communication & Society

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

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