Distress, Status Wars and Immoral Behaviour: The psychological impacts of inequality – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne It is well known that economic inequality is rising. In most industrialised nations the distribution of wealth and income is becoming increasingly concentrated. In the United States, the top 10% of earners make more than nine times as much on average as … [Read More] Distress, Status Wars and Immoral Behaviour: The psychological impacts of inequality – The Conversation

Is Inequality Fracturing Our Society? – Social Policy Connections

Extract from an article by Gary Harkin. Inequality has grown to unimagined extremes in our world. A recent report by Oxfam dramatically protests about “Eighty billionaires controlling as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people on the planet”. Meanwhile, in Australia, the independent Fair Work Commission made a decision on 23 February to reduce Sunday … [Read More] Is Inequality Fracturing Our Society? – Social Policy Connections

What is New with Old? What old age teaches us about inequality and stratification – Sociology Compass

ABSTRACT Aging is remarkably unequal. Who survives to grow old in America and the circumstances they face once there reflect durable racial, socioeconomic, and gender inequalities that structure our lives from birth. Yet within the field of social stratification and mainstream sociology proper, examinations of the rapidly growing population of older Americans are often relegated … [Read More] What is New with Old? What old age teaches us about inequality and stratification – Sociology Compass

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

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Somwrita Sarkar, Peter Phibbs and Roderick Simpson Australia’s global cities are a very large part of the nation’s economic success, but they are also generating significantly unequal incomes. Our recent research found that as Australian cities have grown, their income inequality has increased. Cities provide many social and cultural opportunities and allow … [Read More] Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that? The Conversation

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

Inequality in the Spotlight – Open Forum

Extract from an article by Dr. Veronica Sheen is an independent social policy researcher and commentator Could wealth and income inequality be the reason for current volatile political situations in many countries, the ascendancy of maverick political figures and the fracturing of Australia’s political system? Dr. Veronica Sheen makes a compelling case based on French economist … [Read More] Inequality in the Spotlight – Open Forum

On the Economics and Politics of Refugee Migration – VOX CEPR

Extract The current refugee crisis poses an enormous challenge not only to European countries, but to the fundaments and achievements of the EU as a whole. This column discusses how this latest crisis differs from the crisis in the early 1990s, and argues there is a drastic need for a new regulatory framework to replace dated coordination attempts. The framework … [Read More] On the Economics and Politics of Refugee Migration – VOX CEPR

Young People Worldwide Fear a Lack of Economic Opportunities: It’s easy to see why – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Usman W. Chohan, Doctoral Candidate, Policy Reform and Economics, UNSW Australia What is the one thing that makes young people everywhere the most anxious? According to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, it’s a lack of future economic opportunities. Data from both the OECD and the Youth Wellbeing Index show Australian youth have … [Read More] Young People Worldwide Fear a Lack of Economic Opportunities: It’s easy to see why – The Conversation

Families in the Context of Macroeconomic Crises: A systematic review – Journal of Family Psychology

ABSTRACT The present study is a systematic review of empirical literature from the last 35 years on families’ responses to economic distress in the context of macroeconomic crises. Thirty-nine studies published between 1983 and 2015 in 12 countries were identified, resulting in 3 main findings. First, economic distress was associated with negative changes in family … [Read More] Families in the Context of Macroeconomic Crises: A systematic review – Journal of Family Psychology

Government Response to the Harper Competition Policy Review: A quick guide – Parliamentary Library

Extract from an article by Paul Davidson, Economics Section Professor Ian Harper released the final Report of the Competition Policy Review (‘the Harper Review’) on 31 March 2015, making 56 recommendations to government. On 24 November 2015, the Turnbull Government released its response to the Harper Review, supporting 39 of the recommendations either in full or … [Read More] Government Response to the Harper Competition Policy Review: A quick guide – Parliamentary Library

2016 HDCA Conference: “Capability and Diversity in a Global Society” – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Free Access Collection: 2016 HDCA Conference: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities is the official Journal of the Human Development & Capability Association. The following articles are free to access until the end of October 2016. Simply click on your article(s) of choice to … [Read More] 2016 HDCA Conference: “Capability and Diversity in a Global Society” – Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Inequality: The facts and the future – Chifley Research Centre

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract The central argument of Inequality: the facts and the future is a simple one. Australia is well placed to resist the economic and political pressures which can make us more unequal over time. If we do this, our economy will continue to grow strongly and middle Australia will see the benefits … [Read More] Inequality: The facts and the future – Chifley Research Centre

Family Income and Child Cognitive and Noncognitive Development in Australia: Does Money Matter? – Demography

ABSTRACT This article investigates whether family income affects children’s cognitive and noncognitive development by exploiting comprehensive information from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. We include variables that represent parental investment, parental stress, and neighborhood characteristics to examine if these factors mediate the effects of income. Using dynamic panel data, we find that family income … [Read More] Family Income and Child Cognitive and Noncognitive Development in Australia: Does Money Matter? – Demography

Floating Downstream? Parental support and future expectations of young people from less privileged backgrounds – Sociology

ABSTRACT Here we present an analysis of young people’s orientations to the future in the context of intergenerational relations. We draw on qualitative interviews to examine how young people from less privileged backgrounds use their family as an anchor when mapping the landscape of possible futures. Further, we use extensive quantitative material from structured surveys … [Read More] Floating Downstream? Parental support and future expectations of young people from less privileged backgrounds – Sociology

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