Innovation, employment and skills in advanced and developing countries – IZA

ABSTRACT This paper critically discusses the theoretical and empirical literature on the quantitative and qualitative employment impact of technological change, compares the relative explanatory power of the competing theories, and explains in detail the macro and micro evidence on the issue, with reference both to the advanced economies and the developing countries (DCs). SOURCE: Marco … [Read More] Innovation, employment and skills in advanced and developing countries – IZA

Challenging society to think differently about ageing – JRF (UK)

Today (13 February) JRF is publishing a new poem by the former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, as it challenges society to think differently about growing old. The poem, inspired by the thoughts, experiences and stories of older people from a range of marginalised groups, some with high support needs, was commissioned by JRF as … [Read More] Challenging society to think differently about ageing – JRF (UK)

Great expectations and hard times: The (nontrivial) impact of education on domestic terrorism – CIE (EU)

ABSTRACT This contribution investigates the role of education in domestic terrorism for 133 countries between 1984 and 2007. The findings point at a nontrivial effect of education on terrorism. Lower education (primary education) tends to promote terrorism in a cluster of countries where the socioeconomic, political and demographic conditions are unfavorable, while higher education (university … [Read More] Great expectations and hard times: The (nontrivial) impact of education on domestic terrorism – CIE (EU)

“Who cares for the children?”: Lessons from a global perspective of child care policy – Journal of Child and Family Studies

ABSTRACT Description: A discussion of the national ideological frameworks that provide the impetus for child care policy formation and implementation and those policies’ connection to the historical and political context within several countries, including France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, the Nordic countries, and the United States SOURCE: Lokteff, Maegan ; Piercy, Kathleen W., “”Who … [Read More] “Who cares for the children?”: Lessons from a global perspective of child care policy – Journal of Child and Family Studies

Improving the school-to-work transition for vocational students – What can we learn from research? (Sweden)

ABSTRACT Many countries have had to tackle escalating youth unemployment in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, but compared with other countries in the European Union, youth unemployment has increased particularly sharply in Sweden. Currently, Swedish 20-24 year olds are more than three times as likely to be unemployed than are adult workers, … [Read More] Improving the school-to-work transition for vocational students – What can we learn from research? (Sweden)

5800 more people, still no facilities – The Age

Traffic gridlock, crowded schools and poor infrastructure are causing a backlash against government plans to speed up land releases in Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs. The Baillieu government’s efforts to make housing more affordable by accelerating plans for new estates were happening without accompanying, basic infrastructure, residents say. Plans for a new suburb of 5800 people … [Read More] 5800 more people, still no facilities – The Age

Locational disadvantage: a review of the international evidence – AHURI

This report, produced by AHURI’s Research Synthesis Service and commissioned by Housing NSW, provides findings from a research synthesis of international evidence on how governments can intervene to improve the lives of disadvantaged residents in areas of concentrated poverty and disadvantage. Description The report covers the scope and quality of the evidence, the definition of … [Read More] Locational disadvantage: a review of the international evidence – AHURI

Unpacking the misery multiplier: how employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health

ABSTRACT Employability strongly moderates the effects of unemployment and of job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health. Using nationally representative panel data from Australia, I find that an increase in employability from zero to 100 per cent cancels around three quarters, in some cases more, of the detrimental effect of unemployment. Employability also matters … [Read More] Unpacking the misery multiplier: how employability modifies the impacts of unemployment and job insecurity on life satisfaction and mental health

Offending peaks in teenage years – ABS

Offending rates are at their highest for older teenagers aged 15 to 19 years old, with nearly 6,000 offenders per 100,000 people aged 15 to 19 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For males, offending peaked at the age of 18, with 9,925 offenders per 100,000 males aged 18, with police taking … [Read More] Offending peaks in teenage years – ABS

Equity and quality in education – supporting disadvantaged students and schools – OECD

Across OECD countries, almost one in every five students does not reach a basic minimum level of skills. In addition, students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds are twice as likely to be low performers. Lack of fairness and inclusion can lead to school failure and this means that one in every five young adults on average … [Read More] Equity and quality in education – supporting disadvantaged students and schools – OECD

Power prices will be the real test of the carbon tax – The Conversation

Extract The first real test of whether the public will accept Australia’s carbon tax will be when electricity bills start landing in peoples’ mailboxes after 1 July 2012. The main issue is that while the carbon tax is set at $23/tonne for 2012-13, the actual carbon tax embedded in the electricity bills will vary from … [Read More] Power prices will be the real test of the carbon tax – The Conversation

Self-reported health of people living in deprived areas (UK)

ABSTRACT Data from the longitudinal West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study: Health in the Community was used to examine whether, over a 20 year period, the self-reported health of people living in deprived areas became poorer faster compared to those living in more affluent areas. Three cohorts (born in the early 1930s, 1950s and 1970s) are … [Read More] Self-reported health of people living in deprived areas (UK)

Operation integration: The making of new citizens – Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum (UK)

This is our story of integration, of how to belong; a story of what has been achieved here in London with a little bit of money, and a lot of inventiveness and passion.  Over the past 18 years we at the Forum have worked with thousands of people from over 90 different countries—refugees, fleeing recent … [Read More] Operation integration: The making of new citizens – Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum (UK)

“I just want to study”: Access to higher education for young refugees and asylum seekers, Refugee Support Network (UK)

In 2010 Refugee Support Network began a pilot programme providing advice, support and individual case work for young people who had the academic potential to access higher education, but who were facing significant barriers due to their immigration status. In 2011 this pilot was extended into a threeyear programme, funded by John Lyon’s Charity. This … [Read More] “I just want to study”: Access to higher education for young refugees and asylum seekers, Refugee Support Network (UK)

“Understanding Miller” locational disadvantage project – Inside Story

“Locational disadvantage” has an enormous impact on the lives of residents in many Australian suburbs. But an experiment in Sydney’s 2168 postcode area is yielding results. Miller is a Sydney suburb of “locational disadvantage”  and matches all the usual indicators: low education levels, unemployment, poverty, family dysfunction, and mental health and drug and alcohol problems. … [Read More] “Understanding Miller” locational disadvantage project – Inside Story

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