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What income inequality looks like across Australia

RSSS - news - Thu, 2017-07-06 08:54
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With affordable houses increasingly out of reach, wage growth slow and household debt high, Australians are certainly feeling poor. But how do they compare to their neighbours? New Census data confirms there’s a lot of variability in income.

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Census 2016 reveals Australia is becoming much more diverse – but can we trust the data?

RSSS - news - Wed, 2017-06-28 08:17
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Census 2016 reveals Australia is becoming much more diverse - but can we trust the data? The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million. AAP/Alan Porritt

Nicholas Biddle, Australian National University

According to data released today, there were 23,401,892 people who were counted in Australia on the night of the 2016 Census who were usually resident in Australia.

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28th Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-06-20 12:42
Date and time:  Thursday, 7th December 2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm Final 2016 ALMR graphic.jpg Location or Venue:  The Realm, 18 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 Australia Presenter:  TBC Contact Person:  ALRM Contact email:  almr@anu.edu.au www.eventbrite.com.au/e/28th-australian-labour-market-research-almr-workshop-tickets-35390893114?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

The Australian Labour Market Research (ALMR) Workshop is an annual conference designed to disseminate high quality research on labour economics and labour relations and to promote informed debate among economists and the government sector about current issues facing the Australian labour market. The 28th ALMR Workshop will be held on Thursday 7 December 2017. 

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ANU-ABS 2016 Census Data Symposium – Canberra

RSSS - news - Tue, 2017-06-20 09:22
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In conjunction with the ABS, the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods will be holding a Census Data Symposium on the 26 July 2017. 

Find out what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities and Australia.

Every five years the Census provides a snapshot of Australia. Census data are used by individuals, organisations and governments to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that affect the lives of all Australians.

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ANU-ABS 2016 Census Data Symposium – Canberra

RSSS - events - Tue, 2017-06-20 09:19
Date and time:  Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - 9:00am - 3:00pm censusabsanu.jpg Presenter:  Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle Presenter:  Associate Professor Edith Gray Presenter:  Associate Professor Ann Evans Presenter:  Professor Matthew Gray Presenter:  Dr Steven McEachern Presenter:  Associate Professor Ben Phillips Presenter:  Professor James Raymer Presenter:  Mr Francis Markham Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au Contact phone:  61259269 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anu-abs-2016-census-data-symposium-canberra-tickets-35028674709

Find out what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities and Australia.

Every five years the Census provides a snapshot of Australia. Census data are used by individuals, organisations and governments to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that affect the lives of all Australians.

Hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), this Symposium will include:

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The Seeding Success Study: use of a cross-sectoral data resource for early child health, development and wellbeing research focused on disadvantaged populations

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-06-07 16:42
Date and time:  Wednesday, 21st June 2017 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm Presenter:  Dr Kathleen Falster, NCEPH, ANU Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

The Seeding Success data resource was established to conduct child health and health equity research in New South Wales (NSW), with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and scope to investigate multiple dimensions of disadvantage. Data are available for all children who were born in NSW, were enrolled in their first year of full-time school and had an Australian Early Development Census record in 2009 or 2012 (N=166,278).

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Analysis of net taxpayers in Australia 1988-2013

RSSS - news - Wed, 2017-06-07 12:00
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CSRM's Ben Phillips and Cukkoo Joseph have released a research note of net Australian taxpayers from 1988-2013. 

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CSRM releases Annual Report for 2015 - 2016

RSSS - news - Wed, 2017-06-07 11:27
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The CSRM has released its Annual Report for 2015 - 2016. The report details the Centre's background as well as its achievements over the 12 months. 

An online copy of the Annual Report can be found here

CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing in Disadvantaged Communities: Building Capacity for Type 2 Translation

RSSS - events - Fri, 2017-06-02 10:33
Date and time:  Monday, 5th June 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building ANU Presenter:  Ross Homel, AO Foundation Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Griffith University Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

In order to address complex adaptive problems such as child maltreatment, school dropout, and youth crime, systemic approaches like collective impact initiatives are required. Within these methodologies multiple sectors work collaboratively to address agreed goals that are measurable, and are supported by a backbone support organisation. However the collective impact movement neglects the extensive research in prevention science, especially as it relates to schools and human services. This project explicitly aims to remedy this defect.

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International Child Support Symposium

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-06-01 12:07
Date and time:  Monday, 4th December 2017 - 9:00am - Tuesday, 5th December 2017 - 5:00pm December-Conference-Flyer1.jpg Presenter:  Associate Professor Bruce Smyth, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU Presenter:  Associate Professor Kay Cook, Department of Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology Presenter:  Associate Professor Christine Skinner, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, The University of York, UK Presenter:  Professor Heikki Hiilamo, Professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland Presenter:  Dr Mia Hakovirta, Academy Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Turku, Finland Presenter:  Professor Lisa Young, School of Law, Murdoch University Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

 

Melbourne, Australia, 4-5 December 2017

Your participation in this event is warmly welcomed. There is no registration fee to attend. Further details will be posted as they come to hand.

If you would like to make a presentation, please email your suggested title and author/presenter details to childsupport@swin.edu.au by June 30.

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Individual-level health inequality in Australia: Preliminary evidence from the linked mortality-Census database

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-05-31 15:34
Date and time:  Wednesday, 28th June 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building (Building 13) ANU Presenter:  Dr. Rosemary Korda Presenter:  Dr Nicholas Biddle Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

TBC

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-05-31 14:54
Date and time:  Wednesday, 21st June 2017 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm Presenter:  Kathleen Falster Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Climbing the career ladder: The links between personality and promotion

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-05-31 14:51
Date and time:  Wednesday, 14th June 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building (Building 13) ANU Presenter:  Dr Leonora Risse (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing; RMIT University) Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

This talk explores the ways in which personality traits – especially an individual’s sense of confidence – can determine job promotion outcomes. The model posits that confidence influences the likelihood that an individual will put themselves forward for promotion by shaping the individual's own evaluation of their marginal productivity relative to the job requirements. The crux of this model is that this self-evaluation measure is distinct from an individual's actual marginal productivity, as evaluated by the firm.

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Measuring social attitudes with Voter Advice Application data

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-05-31 14:48
Date and time:  Wednesday, 7th June 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building (Building 13) ANU Presenter:  Dr Jill Sheppard, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods & School of Politics and International Relations Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

This study directly compares survey data on social attitudes collected from an opt-in sample of Voter Advice Application (VAA) users and a randomly recruited, probability-based online panel of respondents. While much research to date has focused on the demographic representativeness of VAA data, less is known about the attitudinal and other representativeness of that data. This study of Australian samples contributes to the emerging literature.

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The comparative wellbeing of the New Zealand Māori and Indigenous Australian

RSSS - events - Wed, 2017-05-31 09:03
Date and time:  Wednesday, 31st May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Presenter:  Professor Matthew Gray Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Some researchers have argued that strong periods of economic growth and economic downturns have a greater impact on the economic position of the Indigenous population than the non-Indigenous population in settler societies such as Australia and New Zealand. The Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 negatively affected economic growth New Zealand in the two years after 2009 whereas the Australian economy experienced a reduction in economic growth but did not enter recession.

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RSSS Public Lecture Series: Adverse Events - On bad affects and the antidepressant wars

RSSS - events - Mon, 2017-05-29 12:39
Date and time:  Monday, 5th June 2017 - 5:00pm 1280px-Prozac_pills.jpg Location or Venue:  SRWB Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building (Building 120), ANU Presenter:  Professor Elizabeth Wilson Contact email:  eo.rsss@anu.edu.au

In this lecture Professor Wilson will address the issue of psychopharmaceuticals, harm and adverse effects. The lecture will begin by considering the arguments against anti-depressant medications developed by a loose alliance of critics (feminists, anti-psychiatry activists, clinicians) who maintain that these medications pose a significant threat to the patients who take them: are adolescents, in particular, more susceptible to suicidal ideation when they take antidepressants?

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Non-Parametric Spatial Bayesian Crime Regression

RSSS - events - Fri, 2017-05-05 12:44
Date and time:  Wednesday, 24th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Street Theatre, Street Three, 15 Childers Street, Canberra, 2601 Presenter:  Dr Roman Marchant Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Two significant methodological challenges confront policy makers and practitioners in using crime data. The first challenge is that the models underestimate the extent of crimes occurring within a geographical space and the second is that the models need fully reflect uncertainties in prediction and inference. Combining machine learning techniques and new Bayesian estimation tools this paper develops a generic modelling strategy that learns and hence models crime in a spatial environment. This model will enable policy makers and police to make better and more informed decisions.

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Income trends for selected single parent families

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-05-04 08:46
Date and time:  Wednesday, 17th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building, ANU Presenter:  Cukkoo Joseph Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Government transfer payments make a major contribution to the incomes of many single parent families, increasingly single parents are active in the workforce and frequently pay income tax.
This seminar will present joint research undertaken with Associate Professor Ben Phillips and considers the trends in social security payments and personal income tax paid by typical single parent families (cameos) in Australia. The modelling considers the period from 2005 to 2016 and includes a further projection of two years to 2018.

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Assessing drought conditions in Australia: A self-report measure based on spike and slab lasso

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 16:33
Date and time:  Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Street Theatre, 15 Childers Street, Acton Presenter:  Dr. Shuvo Bakar Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Dr Bakar will be presenting collaborative work being undertaken with Professor Matthew Gray, Dr Ben Edwards and Dr Boyd Hunter. The object is to better understand the perception of drought using a self-report measure from a survey conducted in 2007. We establish a relationship between climatic variables and survey data using a novel Bayesian spatial spike & slab lasso method. The proposed method identifies key climatic factors and their lagged influences on the self-reported drought measurement at postcode levels.

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Using an ‘Intermediate Data Structure’ for Sharing and Analyzing Historical Life Course Data

RSSS - events - Thu, 2017-04-27 11:15
Date and time:  Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location or Venue:  Jean Martin Room Level 3 Beryl Rawson Building Presenter:  Professor George Alter Contact Person:  CSRM Contact email:  csrm.comms@anu.edu.au

Life course data for historical studies of demographic behavior come from a wide range of sources.  Even when fundamental aspects of the data are the same (births, deaths, marriages, kinship, co-residence), data have been stored in idiosyncratic formats that are difficult to share and re-analyze.  The Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) offers a new approach to sharing both data and the data analysis software.  The IDS uses an entity-attribute-value format, which can hold almost any kind of data.  Data elements are dated for longitudinal analysis, and we capture relationsh

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