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Here are 10 trends worth noting from this year's huge Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. For starters, household spending on energy fell, even as power prices rose.
The enormous Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey tells the stories of the same group of Australians over the course of their lives.
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What the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life.
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On today's episode, we'll hear what the huge HILDA survey says on Australians' financial literacy, energy use, how many of us are delaying getting a driver's license and how our economy is changing.
The latest HILDA data found women exhibiting much lower levels of financial literacy than men.
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, out today, found women exhibiting much lower levels of financial literacy than men. How do you score?
The problem doesn’t appear to be with the relevance of qualifications and skillsets to employment, but rather with the scarcity of employment.
The government claims university degrees are failing businesses, but analysis of the latest graduate outcome and employer satisfaction surveys tells us the problem is with underemployment.
The same-sex marriage postal ballot forms have been posted to Australians on the electoral roll.
There is a strong and statistically significant association between respondents’ cognitive ability and their support for equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.
Women on higher incomes see an income boost from reading skills.
Data shows that the gender wage gap can be partially explained by how different skills and psychological traits are treated in the labour market.
A decline in incomes for the top 20% has caused inequality to fall slightly.
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows inequality declining slightly as overall incomes stagnate.
Increasing numbers of Australians agree with the notion of same-sex couples having the same rights as different-sex couples.
HILDA data reveal an overwhelming tide of support toward the rights of same-sex couples within Australian society.
Perceptions of the levels of both income and wealth inequality are derived from our day-to-day experiences.
If the gap between the wealth of the billionaires and that of the average residents continues to widen dramatically, there is likely to be discontent.
Wealth in Australia is much more unequally distributed than income.
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The two major sources of data show conflicting trends on income inequality.
Australian women are having two or fewer babies over their life-course.
Australia will be left behind without adequate planning and preparation on fertility issues.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market.
Economic arguments against immigration often rest on simplistic arguments of supply and demand. The data show immigration has a negligible effect on wages, employment or hours worked.
Despite the prominence given to underemployment, ‘overemployment’ is more pervasive in Australia.
Australia's labour market does a relatively good job of accommodating the preferences of the majority of workers. But that's not to say there's no-one who wouldn't prefer to work more – or less.
Women may be happy in jobs that are stereotypically seen as ‘women’s work’ because of the way gender roles have developed over time.
Women may be happy in roles that are associated with gender stereotypes but the gender pay gap persists and women certainly aren't happy with that.
How has working life changed?
Wages are stagnating and women have not benefited nearly as much as men from earlier wage increases. And what if small business isn't the powerhouse we've been led to believe? What recent HILDA data has to tell us about gender, income and work.
Though absolute poverty has decreased significantly in the last 15 years, relative poverty has remained stable in Australia.
How has the wealth of Australian households changed over the last 15 years?
Australia’s wealth tends to be with older people.
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Household incomes and wealth have remained stagnant since 2009.
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Financial stress is more likely to cause Australians to drop out of home ownership. Why?
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage.
Measures of household wealth don't go far enough in identifying those most at risk of being excluded from society, or in explaining the level of exclusion they face.