By contrast, poor maternity pay leads to an under-representation of women in higher positions and lower salaries.
GDP has many flaws. We need a better way to measure economic progress.
We increasingly celebrate entrepreneurial self-reliance, but for disadvantaged people, the certainty of an adequate income is a fundamental foundation. It may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.
Politics Podcast: Brian Howe on Revisiting Henderson, Poverty and Basic Income.
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Brian Howe says the targeted nature of Australia's social security system goes hand-in-hand with stigmatising welfare recipients.
It's widely accepted that young people living in children's homes or foster care are vulnerable to mental illness, but new research shows that social media can actually help.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
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The people most affected must be involved in designing the solutions.
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A new accounting system that goes beyond the capitalist understanding of value is bubbling under and could topple capitalism itself.
Isolated older people living in poverty are suffering from food insecurity.
New research on implicit attitudes to people who receive benefits shows how pervasive hostility towards them is.
Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
The minimum wage may be adequate for some low-paid workers – but this is clearly not the case for the woefully inadequate Newstart Allowance.
Trump's rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted -- and why Trump wants new cuts.
Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don't account for that.
Food assistance – like SNAP benefits – can have far-ranging impacts on a person's health and well-being.