Excellence in Research – Business, Management & Economics (Highly Commended 2014)

Dr Nick Parr, Faculty of Business and Economics

Family policies, fertility and work in Australia

This research empirically examines the effects of the Baby Bonus and the Child Care Rebate on fertility rates and parental workforce participation in Australia, finding these effects were most probably minor. The case for significance of the research, which was published across a range of highly-respected journals, and publicised through media releases, interviews and op-ed articles, rests largely on its ongoing impact on Australia’s public debate and policy-making relating to family policies. Its impacts include its informing of legislation passed in the Federal Parliament and the deliberations of a Senate Committee, as well as the positions of community groups.

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