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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2007/05/07 - A review article about the uses being made of the survey data compiled in the Australian Government-funded Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey has been published by Wiley-Blackwell. NYSE: JWa, JWb
This review article examines the contributions of the HILDA Survey to the economic and social research landscape – with its particular emphasis on Australian households and family dynamics. This body of data has fuelled massive research since its publication - a total of 90 academic papers have been published or accepted for publication by late 2006 using the data collected, focusing on a wide range of issues.
The HILDA Survey was carried out since its inception in 2001 with the main aim of supporting research and policy questions falling within the three broad areas of: family and household dynamics; income and welfare dynamics; and labour market dynamics. Revealing the achievements of the HILDA Survey Project, this review article describes the survey’s design and data collection process – providing a snapshot of poverty levels, household wealth, labour supply, work hours, employment status and family dynamics within Australian households.
Done by following a group of 14,000 Australians and collecting various data on issues such as; household formation and composition, economic well-being, employment and labour market situations – the examples highlighted in the report provides a good overview of what can be learnt from the HILDA data, without analyzing any single issue in great detail.
This long-running longitudinal data collection brings many benefits that cannot be realized from previously-run cross-sectional surveys – including facilitating an understanding of the dynamics of change at the individual and household level. Such panel data becomes valuable in enabling censors to study the cause and effects of major life events such as deaths, job losses, retirement or even marital separation.
Lead author of the review article, Mark Wooden, of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne said, “This paper builds on seminars the author(s) have delivered at numerous seminars and workshops over the years. The panel nature of HILDA, of course, means that every presentation is different.”
Mr. Wooden added, “While the full potential of HILDA is still a long way from being realized, the pertinence of the data collected thus far has already been proven by the ways it has been instrumental in reshaping views on a number of key research issues and questions.”
This paper is published in the June 2007 issue of The Economic Record (Vol. 83, No. 261, 208 – 231). Media who would like copies of the articles should contact Alina Boey, PR & Communications Manager, Asia, at 613-8359 1046.
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