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How has working life changed? Shutterstock

A snapshot of Australia by income, gender and work

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. Dean Lewins/AAP

What HILDA has to tell us about wealth and poverty

How has the wealth of Australian households changed over the last 15 years?
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage. from

Who’s on the outer? Uncovering poverty’s many faces

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.
Prior assumptions about the impact children have on wealth may need to be changed. Aletia/

Debunking the ‘cost of children’ argument

Highly publicised estimates of the cost of raising a family in Australia suggest that parents must make hefty financial sacrifices to meet the needs of their children. In a recent paper, we challenge the…
Most Australians have benefited from the mining boom – except single-parent families who are living in poverty. Image from

One in four children from single-parent families live in poverty

Most Australians have benefited from Australia’s decade-long period of economic prosperity – except for single parents and…
Australia’s economy was relatively unscathed by the global financial crisis, according to data from the latest Melbourne Institute HILDA survey. AAP

The benign effects of the “Great Recession”

In September 2008 the sudden collapse of the investment banking sector in the US would propel much of the world - especially Western economies - into the worst economic recession since the Great Depression…
Government policies have helped women back to work - but the cost is increased stress. AAP

Women back at work earlier, but feeling the stress

New data has shown that the number of women returning to the workforce earlier is increasing thanks to improving economic conditions and welfare to work initiatives - but they are also feeling the pressure…

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