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Working Papers

2016May
Man accessing data on his laptop

Hazel Bateman, Isabella Dobrescu, Ben R. Newell, Andreas Ortmann and Susan Thorp

Short, standardized financial product disclosures should make comparisons easier, support better choices and reduce welfare losses. Using incentivized experiments, we investigate how and when prescribed fee and return information in standardized disclosures prompt efficient switches between retirement plans.

2016Apr
Sydney, Australia

Heather Booth, Leonie Tickle and Jiaying Zhao

Mortality change in Australia since 1907 is analysed in the light of Epidemiologic Transition theory. Australia began the twentieth century in the second age of the Epidemiologic Transition, the Age of Receding Pandemics.

2016Apr
Healthy elderly couple

George Kudrna

Population ageing, a demographic transition that will accelerate in NSW over the next few decades, is creating economic opportunities as well as significant challenges for the NSW economy and the state government.

2016Mar
Students discussing insurance research

Juergen Jung and Chung Tran

We quantitatively explore the welfare implications of three common approaches to providing social health insurance: (i) a mix of private and public health insurance (US-style), (ii) compulsory universal public health insurance (UPHI), and (iii) private health insurance for workers combined with government subsidies and price regulation.

2016Feb
Students collaborating

Zixi Li, Adam W. Shao and Michael Sherris

Multiple state functional disability models do not generally include systematic trend and uncertainty. We develop and estimate a multi-state latent factor intensity model with transition and recovery rates depending on a stochastic frailty factor to capture trend and uncertainty.

2016Feb
Student engaging with data

Cagri Kumru and Arm Nakornthab

We study the interaction between estate taxation and annuity demand both analytically and quantitatively. Our quantitative model is rich enough to capture the important features of the economy such as business investment, borrowing constraints, estate transmission, and wealth inequality.

2016Feb
Electronic data

Rafal Chomik and John Piggott

This paper offers a discussion of adequacy of retirement benefits. We have the Australian context in mind, but introduce extensive international comparisons to provide perspective.

2016Feb
Monetary gains

Rafal Chomik and John Piggott

This note looks at the treatment of wealth in the income and assets tests that comprise the Age Pension means test. We demonstrate how the tests interact, the extent to which different assets are treated equally and whether the income and assets tests interact effectively across the asset distribution.

2016Feb
Colleagues discussing ageing research

Axel Borsch-Supan and Christopher Quinn

The paper motivates and describes the tax treatment of German retirement benefits and pensions after the 2005 reform initiated by the German Federal Constitutional Court.