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You know you’re not supposed to do this – but you do. Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: the science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness

The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness. The Conversation, CC BY52.8 MB (download)
Only about one quarter Australians report getting eight or more hours of sleep. And in pre-industrial times, it was seen as normal to wake for a few hours in the middle of the night and chat or work.
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. Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: what the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life

What the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life. The Conversation, CC BY53.6 MB (download)
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.
Data shows immigration has a negligible effect on the labour market. Eddie Keogh/Reuters

New research shows immigration has only a minor effect on wages

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. AAP/Julian Smith

Push for longer hours makes headlines, but more Australians want to work less

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.
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?

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