Lost decade of income growth for young Australians

  • Cover, Copyright and publication details, Contents, Acknowledgements, Abbreviations, and Glossary
  • Executive summary
  • Chapter 1 About this study
    • 1.1 Income growth across countries
    • 1.2 The broader Australian context
    • 1.3 An overview of our approach
  • Chapter 2 Young people’s incomes declined
    • 2.1 After 2008, young people’s disposable incomes declined
    • 2.2 Decomposing gross income
  • Chapter 3 Determinants of changes in labour income: hours worked
    • 3.1 Labour income, wage rates and hours worked
    • 3.2 Hours worked, participation and employment
    • 3.3 The changing nature of unemployment
  • Chapter 4 The wage puzzle: stagnating wages only for young people
    • 4.1 The wage puzzle: wage rates grew for people aged 35-64, but stagnated for people aged 15-34
    • 4.2 An imbalance between labour supply and demand could explain the wage puzzle
    • 4.3 Other explanations for the wage puzzle
  • Chapter 5 The role of government transfers
    • 5.1 The Australian transfer system and young people
    • 5.2 Contribution of transfers to young people’s income and income growth
    • 5.3 Changes to transfer eligibility
    • 5.4 Indexation of transfers
    • 5.5 Changes in the incomes of recipients
  • Chapter 6 The role of other income
    • 6.1 Contribution of other income to young people’s income growth
    • 6.2 Why did business income decrease?
    • 6.3 Investment income and inheritances
    • 6.4 Parents are supporting young people
  • Appendix A Comparing data sources
  • Appendix B Shift-share decomposition
  • Appendix C Additional labour market analysis
  • Appendix D Changes to the eligibility for transfers
  • Appendix E Savings of young people who live with their parents
  • References

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