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2009 global assessment report on disaster risk reduction /

by United Nations.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland United Nations 2009Description: PDF.Other title: Risk and poverty in a changing climate.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Report is the first biennial global assessment of disaster risk reduction prepared in context of the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). The ISDR, launched in 2000, provides a framework to coordinate actions to address disaster risks at the local, national, regional and international levels. The Hyogo Framework for Action for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), endorsed by 168 UN member states at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005, urges all countries to make major efforts to reduce their disaster risk by 2015.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

All change or plus a change ? The global financial crisis and four key drivers of the world economy. /

by Thirlwell, Mark.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Lowy Institute for International Policy 2009Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?pid=977' Checked: 2/06/2009 11:32:09 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "It's now common to hear the claim that the global financial crisis will fundamentally change the world economy. In a new paper in the Lowy Institute's Perspectives series, Mark Thirlwell asks whether the changing facts about the world economy - plummeting growth, soaring risk aversion, collapsing commodity prices, and a massive expansion in the role of government are so significant that we have to change our minds about the fundamental ways in which the world now works." -- Publisher website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's fiscal straightjacket : eight myths about tax and public debt which are holding us back /

by Argy, Fred | Centre for Policy Development (CPD).

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Policy Development 2007Description: PDF.Other title: Centre for Policy Development. Occasional paper ; no. 4.Summary: The Howard Government and Rudd's Labor opposition have both embraced the notion that in general tax rates and public debt levels should not increase. This fiscal strategy is lazy and timid policy, not good governance. It is impeding the Government?s capacity to meet the nation?s infrastructure needs, forcing it to adopt financing options that are economically less efficient and denying Australians a genuine, well informed choice on the appropriate balance between public and private goods. The fiscal straightjacket is based on several myths about the impact of taxation and government borrowing.Availability: No items available

Benchmarking working Europe /

by European Trade Union Institute.

Publisher: Brussels European Trade Union Institute 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 109-114 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This year's Benchmarking Working Europe report embarks upon a social stocktaking of the reaction to and impact of the financial, economic and social crisis as a means of feeding into the post-crisis and EU2020 debate. The indicators presented in this year's Benchmarking Working Europe reveal that the progress in growth and employment over the past growth cycle has been practically wiped out in the course of the past year: the EU average employment rate is back to its 2006 level, while unemployment has increased by two percentage points in a single year. Yet the impact of the economic crisis on labour markets displays considerable variation from one country to another.Availability: (1)

Changing children's chances : can Australia learn from Nordic countries? /

by Scott, Andrew (ed.) | Deakin University. Faculty of Arts and Education. Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation | Janson, Staffan | Goldfeld, Sharon | Whiteford, Peter | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Burwood, Vic. Deakin University. Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation 2012Description: 64 p. PDF.Other title: Citizenship and globalisation research papers ; Volume 3.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2012 Includes bibliographical references Michael Horn from the Brotherhood of St Laurence was a contributor to the discussion.Summary: Australia has much higher rates of income poverty and inequalities among children than Sweden and the other main Nordic nations. The aim of this publication is to identify what Australia can learn from the Nordic nations' policies to reduce inequalities, and increase wellbeing, among children. The symposium from which this publication has developed brought together a Nordic expert, and a small number of Australian experts including university academics and professional practitioners from community organisations, to focus on four related policy areas. These were: early, regular monitoring of children's health; enhanced quality and more equitable early childhood education and care (ECEC) through public provision (including the requisite workforce training and capacity); the provision of extensive paid parental leave and family-friendly working hours; and the provision of more employment to reduce joblessness among families with children so as to reduce child poverty. ; Contents: The reasons for looking to the Nordic nations to change children's chances in Australia / Andrew Scott - An overview of Nordic policy for children: Lessons for Australia on how to reduce inequalities/ Staffan Janson - The role of child health systems in reducing inequalities / Sharon Goldfeld - The importance of high quality and accessible early childhood education and care / Deborah Brennan - Paid parental leave as a basic tenet of a child friendly society / Andrew Scott - The central importance of parental employment for reducing child poverty in Australia / Peter Whiteford.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Comparing public spending and priorities across OECD countries /

by Dewan, Sabina | Ettlinger, Michael.

Publisher: Washington, DC Centre for American Progress 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This descriptive study examines how OECD countries have addressed the current economic situation through their fiscal balance sheets, and then goes on to consider similarities and differences in public spending across OECD countries through the prism of economic and social objectives. Countries are compared according to three relative measures of government spending: spending as a share of GDP, spending per capita, and spending by category as a percentage of total government expenditure. ; There are several reasons countries run surpluses, although OECD countries generally run deficits, or small surpluses. Fiscal deficits can grow quickly during an economic crisis such as the current one, which poses an economic and political problem. But they are both inevitable and necessary to nurse the economy back to health. There is little disagreement that a balanced budget is desirable in the long term, however.Availability: (1)

Connected conversations : tackling big issues by linking small conversations /

by Walker, Perry | New Economics Foundation | Whitehead, Stephen.

Publisher: London, U.K. New Economics Foundation 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2011 Bibliography : p. 29-30Summary: The UK faces an interlinked set of economic, environmental and political challenges that have led nef to call for a 'great transition' - a fundamental shift to a more sustainable, socially just way of living. But transition cannot be achieved from the top down. It will require central and local government, businesses, communities and individuals to develop their own understandings of sustainability and social justice and to debate and negotiate with each other about the way forward.Availability: (1)

Creative destruction : placing innovation at the heart of progressive economics /

by Lent, Adam | Institute for Public Policy Research | Lockwood, Matthew.

Publisher: London, U.K. Institute for Public Policy Research 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 Bibliography : p. 43-44Summary: This pamphlet, the first output of ippr's New Era Economics programme, argues that in light of new economic thinking and the mistakes of the past, contemporary economic policy needs to be centred on three core principles: it must be innovation-centred, pragmatic and aware.Availability: (1)

Economic class and the distribution of income : a time-series analysis of the UK economy, 1955-2010 /

by Cuestats, Juan Carlos | University of Sheffield. Department of Economics | Philp, Bruse.

Publisher: Sheffield, U.K. University of Sheffield. Department of Economics 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Sheffield Economic Research paper series ; no. 2011012.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2011 Includes Bibliography and appendix INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: This paper contributes to our understanding of the determinants and dynamics of a Marxian surplus-value rate using quarterly UK data, 1955-2010, and the Johansen (1988, 1991) cointegration and vector error correction model (VECM). A conceptual model is introduced to define surplus-value and its component parts, before elaborating on theoretical issues which are important in estimating the rate. In the empirical analysis we seek to explain distributive conflict, paying attention to three forces which are traditionally seen as drivers of power in distributional struggle: (i) political party; (ii) the size of the 'reserve army' of the unemployed; (iii) working class militancy. Our results suggest a positive impact of unemployment on the rate of surplus-value, and that falling working class militancy tends to raise the rate. Political party also affects the rate of surplus-value with a negative impact on the rate emanating from movement to left-wing government. This analysis demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Marxian economics in providing an alternative, robust and significant explanation of distribution in the post-war UK economy.Availability: (1)

Economics of Equality Report : an investigation into the economic benefits of equality and a framework for linking the work of the Commission with its impact on the wellbeing of Victorians /

by Mitchell, Helen | University of Melbourne. Social Justice Initiative.

Publisher: Parkville, Vic. University of Melbourne. Social Justice Initiative 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Social Justice discussion paper ; no. 6.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: March 2010 Bibliography : p. 46-48 This is a joint project between the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Melbourne.Summary: This report finds that when viewing performance though the lens of lifetime happiness and capabilities, rather than income-based measures of wellbeing, the freedom that individuals have and how inclusive societies are become important measures of the economic success of a society.Availability: (1)

Going for growth /

by Straw, Will (ed.) | Institute for Public Policy Research.

Publisher: Institute for Public Policy Research, Left Foot Forward and Ebert Stiftung 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Contributors: Philippe Legrain, Duncan Weldon, Gustav Horn, Richard Seline, Charles Leadbeater, Kitty Ussher, Adam Lent, Gerald Holtham, Andy Westwood, Stian Westlake, Anna Turley, Tony DolphinSummary: Going for growth is a new collection of essays published jointly by ippr, Left Foot Forward and German think-tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung - an esteemed collection of authors includes ippr's senior economist Tony Dolphin, NEE panel member Charles Leadbeater, NEE collaborator Adam Lent and former ippr director Gerald Holtham. The book's focus is the role of smart government in creating the conditions for growth, and therefore jobs.Availability: (1)

Green jobs : towards decent work in a sustainable, low-carbon world. /

by Renner, Michael | United Nations Environment Programme | Sweeney, Sean | Kubit, Jill.

Publisher: Washington, DC United Nations Environment Programme/Worldwatch Institute 2008Description: HTML.Notes: September 2008 Bibliography: p. 313-351 This report has been commissioned and funded by UNEP as part of the joint UNEP, ILO, IOE, ITUC Green Jobs Initiative. Produced by Worldwatch Institute with the assistance of Cornell University ILR School Global Labor Institute. Into & out of work INTO AND OUT OF WORKAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Household wealth and wealth distribution, Australia . /

by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008Description: HTML.Notes: URL: 'http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6554.0' Checked: 2/03/2009 9:55:52 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Family & early years School to work Retirement & ageing Into & out of work 2003-04 ; 2005-06Summary: "This publication presents results from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) on estimates of household net worth, or wealth. It includes summary measures of the distribution of household net worth in Australia. Classifications used to describe households include net worth quintile, income quintile, principal source of household income, family composition, tenure type and geographic location. For each category of household, estimates of the various assets and liabilities comprising net worth are provided along with estimates of household income, household size and other characteristics." -- ABS website.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Housing costs and living standards among the elderly /

by Bradbury, Bruce | Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community services and Indigenous Affairs | Gubhaju, Bina.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. The Department 2010Description: viii., 71 p.: ill., graphs.Other title: Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 71Summary: This paper examines how the living standards of older Australians compare with those of the overall population, how much variation in living standards there is across the elderly population and how their living standards have changed over time. Home ownership, as an important aspect of the retirement support package in Australia, is also taken into consideration. The paper uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Household Expenditure Surveys from 1988-89 to 2003-04 and the ABS Surveys of Income and Housing from 2003-04 to 2007-08Availability: (1)

How much did the 2009 fiscal stimulus boost spending? /

by Leigh, Andrew.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it. ; Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it - approximately twice the spending rate recorded in surveys assessing the 2001 and 2008 tax rebates in the US, according to this report. ; Using an approach for converting spending rates into an aggregate marginal propensity to consume (MPC), this is consistent with an aggregate MPC of 0.41-0.42. Since this estimate is based only on first-quarter spending, it may be an underestimate of the longer-run impact of the package on consumer expenditure.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Living low paid : the dark side of prosperous Australia. /

by Masterman-Smith, Helen | Pocock, Barbara.

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. Allen & Unwin 2008Description: xiv, 241 p. ; 21 cm.Notes: Includes index. Bibliography: p. 224-235. Into & out of work 2nd copy on order 2/12/09 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: "Australia is more prosperous than at any other time in our history. Unemployment is at a record low, and the economy is performing well. Yet many Australians are working more for less and struggling to meet their basic needs, despite being employed. Living Low Paid investigates the Orwellian vision unfolding, often behind closed doors, in Australia's working heartland. The book challenges the low wage path to national prosperity by exposing the hard realities of living low paid for Australian workers today. In their own words, workers tell the costs of low pay for individuals, families and communities and the social fabric at large. Workers are increasingly being undermined by casualisation, hours of work and exploitative pay setting methods, while enormous tax breaks are given to the rich, jobs are 'outsourced', unions are muzzled and job entitlements such as sick pay, holiday pay and penalty rates are scrapped. The Rudd government's changes to industrial relations legislation only ameliorate the situation to some degree. Living Low Paid offers a biting account of Australia's growing underbelly. It is vital reading for anyone who cares about where Australia is heading."--Provided by publisher.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Measures of material deprivation in OECD countries . /

by Boarini, Romina | Mira d Ercole, Marco.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: 'http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/52/5/37223552.pdf' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:31:06 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Meeting the jobs challenge : /

Publisher: Washington, DC Center for American Progress 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Money doesn't buy happiness ... or does it? : a reconsideration based on the combined effects of wealth, income and consumption /

by Headey, Bruce | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Muffels, Rund | Wooden, Mark.

Publisher: [Parkville, Vic.] Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2004Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2004 Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: (1)

Multilevel survival analysis of health inequalities in life expectancy /

by Yang, Min | Eldridge, Sandra | Juan Merlo.

Edition: 2009, 8:31Publisher: 2009Description: PDF.Summary: Background ; The health status of individuals is determined by multiple factors operating at both micro and macro levels and the interactive effects of them. Measures of health inequalities should reflect such determinants explicitly through sources of levels and combining mean differences at group levels and the variation of individuals, for the benefits of decision making and intervention planning. Measures derived recently from marginal models such as beta-binomial and frailty survival, address this issue to some extent, but are limited in handling data with omplex structures. Beta-binomial models were also limited in relation to measuring inequalities of life expectancy (LE) directly.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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