Publications

  • Sidelined! Workforce participation and non-participation among baby boomers in Australia (2011) by Dina Bowman and Helen Kimberley
Full report (47 pages) | Summary Report (4 pages)

Sidelined! reports on a qualitative study that provides insight into the contours and experience of mature-age workforce participation in Australia. This study highlighted the widespread and damaging nature of involuntary non-participation and under-participation for older people.

  • Workforce participation and non-participation among baby boomers in Australia: a profile from HILDA data (2011) by Honge (Cathy) Gong and Justine McNamara
Full report (26 pages)

This quantitative study of mature age workforce participation and non-participation, commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and undertaken by NATSEM researchers Honge (Cathy) Gong and Justine McNamara, showed that baby boomers are a diverse group. Analysis of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey showed, for example, that almost one-third of people aged 45–54 who are not in the paid workforce would prefer to be working. 

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