EXTRACT from an article by Justin Bergman and Sunanda Creagh in which they interview Roger Wilkins.
On today’s episode of the podcast, we’re talking about what one of Australia’s biggest longitudinal surveys and richest data sets, released 31 July 2018, says about how the nation is changing. And some of the trends may surprise you.
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey tells the stories of the same group of Australians over the course of their lives. Starting in 2001, the survey now tracks more than 17,500 people in 9,500 households, asking about their economic well-being, health and family life.
So what does this year’s report tell us about the country Australia has become?
[Article continues with Justin Bergman and Sunanda Creagh interviewing Roger Wilkins from the University of Melbourne, lead author of the report].
Wilkins said he was surprised by what this huge survey showed about Australians’ financial literacy, our energy use, how many of us are putting off getting a driver’s licence, how our economy is changing, and how our attitudes toward marriage and family life are shifting.
SOURCE: Bergman, Justin* and Creagh, Sunanda*. “Trust Me, I’m An Expert: What the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life.” The Conversation, 31 July 2018.
*Justin Bergman is Deputy Editor: Politics + Society; Sunanda Creagh is Head of Digital Storytelling and Roger Wilkins is Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director (Research), HILDA Survey, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.
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