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Recent research

ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods staff publish and present their research within Australia and internationally.  Below is a selection of recent work on research methodology as well as substantive areas of social science.


Priest, Naomi (2016), How do you talk to kids about racism?, The Conversation, 22/11/2016.

Priest, Naomi (2016), Research reveals what racism can do to a child's body, Unicef Australian blog, 24/11/2016.

Bray, J Rob (2016), Income management evaluations - what do we know? Placing the findings of the evaluation of the evaluation of new income management in the Northern Territory in context, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Rsearch Working Paper no. 111/2016, October 2016.

Holzinger, Lilia Arcos and Nicholas Biddle (2016), Behavioural insights of tax compliance: An overview of recent conceptual and empirical approaches, ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Working Paper 8/2016, October 2016.

Phillips, Ben (2016), Trends in Household Living Standards in Australia: 1990 to 2016, Research note, July 2016.

Phillips, Ben and Cukkoo Joseph (2016), Cameo modelling of proposed Childcare and Family Payment reforms for Federal election 2016, Research note, June 2016.

Taylor, Matthew (2016), Some cameos of the impacts of Family Tax Benefit reform, Research note, June 2016.

Phillips, Ben and Matthew Taylor (2016), Hypothetical modelling of childcare costs for families, Research note, May 2016.

Phillips, Ben, quoted in (2016), Living standards at a standstill for five years: report, The Australian, 12/4/2016.

Phillips, Ben (2016), Trends in household living standards in Australia: 1990 to 2015, Research note, April 2016.

Phillips, Ben (2016), Analysis of a proposed 2 percentage point share of personal income taxation for the states: 2003-04 to 2013-14, Research note, April 2016.

Biddle, Nicholas and Ben Phillips (2016), Benefits of the census retaining names and addresses should outweigh privacy fears, The Conversation, 6/4/2016.

Biddle, Nicholas (2016), Interactive: profiles of the cabinet and shadow cabinet - social services, The Conversation, 4/4/2016.

Phillips, Ben, quoted in (2016), Tax bracket creep to hit poorer half of workers the hardest, The Australian, 30/3/2016.

Phillips, Ben, Average Tax Rate by Income Distribution, Australia: 2003-04 to 2019-20, Research note, March 2016.

Phillips, Ben, quoted in (2016), Malcolm Turnbull's negative gearing cap to cost $46,000 a year at the top end, Australian Financial Review, 1/3/2016.

Phillips, Ben, quoted in (2016), House price growth may slow under Labor policy, Canberra Times, 20 February 2016.

Phillips, Ben, quoted in (2016), Independent modelling backs Labor's negative gearing policy, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February 2016.

Gray, Matthew, quoted in (2016), ANU finds we’re worried about money and retirement, City News, 19 February 2016.

Gray, Matthew, quoted in (2016), Aussies worried about retirement, The New Daily, 19 February 2016.

Biddle, Nicholas (2016), Early childhood education is key to closing the gaps, The Conversation, 10 February 2016.

Phillips, Ben (2016), Models only give part answer to real tax reform, The Conversation, 10 February 2016.

Biddle, Nicholas and L Arcos Holzinger (2016), Behavioural insights on the tax compliance of small and medium enterprises, Austaxpolicy: Tax and Transfer Policy Blog, 4 February 2016.

Biddle, Nicholas and Matthew Gray (2015), Evaluation of the impact of Work for the Dole 2014-15 in selected areas, Report to the Australian Government Department of Employment.

Priest, Naomi and Nicholas Biddle (2015), Measuring and addressing unconscious bias: Complexities, Challenges, Opportunities, presented at Designing effective and innovative public policy in a complex environment: HC Coombs Policy Forum Public Policy Conference, Canberra, 23 November 2015.

Biddle, Nicholas quoted in (2015), Fact check: Are young Indigenous men more likely to end up in jail than university?, ABC News Online.

McEachern, Steven (2015), Implementation of the trusted access model, presented to the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia roundtable 'A trusted user model', National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 9 November 2015.

Kellard, Karen, Nikki Honey, Tess McNamara, Nicholas Biddle and Matthew Gray (2015), Evaluation of Work for the Dole 2014-15, prepared for the Department of Employment, Australian Government, November 2015.

Biddle, Nicholas and Jill Sheppard (2015), How many classes does it take to describe Australians? The answer may surprise you, The Conversation, 28 October 2015.

Sheppard, Jill and Nicholas Biddle (2015), Is Australia as egalitarian as we think it is?, The Drum, 28 October 2015.

ABC News, Jill Sheppard and Nicholas Biddle (2015), Working class or affluent? Find out where you fit in Australia, ABC Online, 28 October 2015.

Sheppard, Jill (2015), Enforced compulsory voting results in more evenly distributed political knowledge than in voluntary systems, Democratic Audit UK, 14 October 2015.

Hand, Kelly, Ilan Katz, Rob Bray and  Matthew Gray (2015), Welfare conditionality as a child protection tool,  paper presented ot the Autralian Social Policy Conference, 29 September 2015.

Bray, Rob, Matthew Gray, Kelly Hand and Ilan Katz (2015), Income management and behaviour change: Evidence and policy, paper presented to the Autralian Social Policy Conference, 29 September 2015.

Hunter, Boyd and Matthe Gray (2015, The ins & outs of the labour market: Employment & labour force transitions for Indigenous & non-Indigenous Australians, paper presented at the Australian Social Policy conference, University of New South Wales, 30 September 2015.

Priest, Naomi (2015), Indigenous mental health, interview with Radio National, 4 October 2015.

Biddle, Nicholas and Naomi Priest (2015), Racism hits Indigenous students' attendance and grades, The Conversation, 29 September 2015.

Avrahamzon, Talia, Nicholas Biddle and Naomi Priest (2015), Racism and education outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, paper presented at the Australian Social Policy conference, University of New South Wales, 29 September 2015.

Gray, Matthew (2015), 'Data (and research) for evidence based social policy', paper presented at the 12th East Asian Social Policy (EASP) Conference, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, July 2015.

Sheppard, Jill (2015), 'Australian attitudes towards national identity: citizenship, immigration and tradition', ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Gray, Matthew et al. (2015), 'Australian public opinion on Indigenous issues: injustice, disadvantage and support for recognition', ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Biddle, Nicholas (2015), Understanding Aboriginal identification in NSW: evidence from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Topical Issue Paper Series, 2/2105.

Gray, Matthew et al. (2015), 'The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries', Australian Institute of Family Studies, Commonwealth of Australia.

Sheppard, Jill (2015), 'Sausages and shortcuts: how Australians decide their vote', The Policy Space, University of Canberra Governance Institute, 20 August 2015.

Biddle, Nicholas et al. (2015), 'Australia’s changing profile: fewer divorces, higher incomes, more rental stress', The Conversation, 20 August 2015.

Whiteley, Sonia (2015), 'Total Survey Error across a program of three national surveys: using a risk management approach to prioritise error mitigation strategies', paper presented at the European Survey Research Association conference, University of Iceland, July 2015.

Gray, Matthew (2015), 'Employment trends and Indigenous disadvantage', presentation to Social Policy Institute Workshop, August 2015.

Sheppard, Jill (2015), 'Measuring online and offline political participation: problems and solutions from the Australian case', paper presented at the European Survey Research Association conference, University of Iceland, July 2015.

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