NEW: Forced Migration Review: Resettlement

This issue of FMR looks at some of the modalities and challenges of resettlement in order to shed light on debates such as how – and how well – resettlement is managed, whether it is a good use of the funds and energy it uses, and whether it is a good solution for refugees. It … [Read More] NEW: Forced Migration Review: Resettlement

“Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT Australia, like all developed Western countries, is experiencing a demographic shift resulting in an increasing proportion of the population being over the age of 65 years. Contrary to stereotypes, the vast majority of older people live independently in communities. This article explores the potential of social work practice informed by community development principles to enable … [Read More] “Working with COW”: Social Work Supporting Older Women Living in the Community – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

By Cain Polidano, Justin van de Ven and  Sarah Voitchovsky DESCRIPTION Understanding the responsiveness of ‘older’ workers — those aged 25-54 years — to government subsidies for up-skilling is important in developing policies that can support people in obtaining skills later in life. The particular focus for this report is the first round of Victorian demand-driven … [Read More] Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

ABSTRACT Quantitative social science (QSS) has the potential to make an important contribution to public policy. However it also has a number of limitations. The aim of this paper is to explain these limitations to a non-specialist audience and to identify a number of ways in which QSS research could be improved to better inform … [Read More] The limitations of quantitative social science for informing public policy – Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice

No room for partisan politics in energy – ACOSS

Media Release Representatives of Australian communities, including civil society, households, workers, investors, business energy users and energy suppliers today challenged all political leaders to stop partisan antics and work together to reform Australia’s energy systems and markets to deliver the reliable, affordable and clean energy that is critical to wellbeing, employment and prosperity. There is … [Read More] No room for partisan politics in energy – ACOSS

A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights The active ageing index (AAI) is a major policy tool to monitor active ageing. We offer a comprehensive critical analysis of the AAI and of its usefulness. The AAI models ageing and older people, with ingrained a priori assumptions. The AAI does not account for capabilities, resources and preferences. The AAI suffers from several … [Read More] A Critique of the Active Ageing Index – Journal of Aging Studies

Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement – Centre for Economic Perfrmance

ABSTRACT Childcare quality is often thought to be important for influencing children’s subsequent attainment at school. The English Government regulates the quality of early education by setting minimum levels of qualifications for workers and grading settings based on a national Inspectorate (OfSTED). This paper uses administrative data on over two million children to relate performance … [Read More] Quality in Early Years Settings and Children’s School Achievement – Centre for Economic Perfrmance

Leading Economists Agree: Closing borders is not the answer to inequality – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Ashwini Deshpande, Professor, Department of Economics,, University of Delhi … the experience of the past three decades of globalisation has produced massive dissatisfaction: so much that naïve, misplaced and often frightening measures are seen as genuine solutions by large parts of the electorate in the richest nations of the world. Rising inequality, … [Read More] Leading Economists Agree: Closing borders is not the answer to inequality – The Conversation

The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings.” Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT Executive function (EF) encompasses higher-order mental processes necessary for the conscious control of thought and action in the service of goals. Once thought not to apply to children at all, EF is now at the center of a burgeoning body of research on young children over the last 10–15 years indicating that it is … [Read More] The Function of Executive Function: Everyday manifestations of regulated thinking in preschool settings.” Early Childhood Education Journal

Energy policy: no room for partisan politics, 18 groups tell government – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Katharine Murphy Joint statement says years of finger-pointing have destroyed investor confidence in Australia’s energy sector A coalition of business, energy, investor, climate and welfare groups has issued a sharply worded wake-up call on the energy debate, declaring “finger pointing” and 10 years of partisan politics have destroyed investor confidence … [Read More] Energy policy: no room for partisan politics, 18 groups tell government – The Guardian

5 ways we could make buying a house more doable – ABC News

Extract form an article by Michael Collett It’s easy to see why young Australians might feel like they’ll never catch up to rising house prices. After all, a parliamentary inquiry spent almost two years looking into the affordability problem (/crisis) and came to the conclusion that there was nothing it could recommend. But there are ideas … [Read More] 5 ways we could make buying a house more doable – ABC News

NDIS in the News – Week beginning 13th Feb 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the week Monday 13th Feb (including weekend) ABC News – Scott Morrison pledges $3 billion NDIS boost if savings package passes Australian Financial Review – Malcolm Turnbull ties billions in NDIS funding to welfare cuts New Daily – NDIS to benefit from federal government’s welfare reforms SBS … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginning 13th Feb 2017

Economic Retirement Age and Lifelong Learning: A theoretical model with heterogeneous labor, biased technical change and international sourcing – CESifo

ABSTRACT The employability of an aging population in a world of continuous and biased technical change is top of the political agenda. Due to endogenous human capital depreciation the effective retirement age is often below statutory retirement age resulting in permanent non-employability of older workers. We analyze this phenomenon in a putty-putty human capital vintage … [Read More] Economic Retirement Age and Lifelong Learning: A theoretical model with heterogeneous labor, biased technical change and international sourcing – CESifo

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