Reference sources

The reference sources listed here provide a bibliography of Australian and international refereed journal articles based on data from the LSAY program.

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Karmel, T 2014, 'Are we there yet? Youth transitions in Australia' Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.78-85.

Marks, GN & Rothman, S 2003, 'Longitudinal studies of Australian youth' Australian Economic Review, vol.36, no.4, pp.428-434.

Moore, J & Semo, R 2019, 'An introduction to the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)', Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, vol.10, no.1, pp.109-123.

Parvazian, S & Semo, R 2018, 'The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth: 20 years and beyond', Australian Economic Review, vol.51, no.3, pp.426-440.


Chen, X, Morin, AJ, Parker, PD & Marsh, HW 2015, 'Developmental investigation of the domain-specific nature of the life satisfaction construct across the post-school transition' Developmental Psychology, vol.51, no.8, pp.1074-1085.

Curtis, D & Boman, P 2007, 'X-ray your data with Rasch' International Education Journal, vol.8, no.2, pp. 249-259.

Lim, P, Gemici, S, Rice, J & Karmel, T 2011, 'Socioeconomic status and the allocation of government resources in Australia: how well do geographic measures perform?' Education + Training, vol.53, no.7, pp.570-586.

Mahoney, JW, Quested, E, Thøgersen-Ntoumani, C, Ntoumanis, N & Gucciardi, DF 2016, 'Validating a measure of life satisfaction in older adolescents and testing invariance across time and gender' Personality and Individual Differences, vol.99, supplement C, pp.217-224.



Cooper, G & Berry, A 2020, 'Demographic predictors of senior secondary participation in biology, physics, chemistry and earth/space sciences: students’ access to cultural, social and science capital', International Journal of Science Education, vol.42, no.1, pp.151-166.

Jeffries, D, Curtis, DD & Conner, LN 2020,  'Student factors influencing STEM subject choice in Year 12: a structural equation model using PISA/LSAY data' International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, vol.18, no.3, pp.441-461.


Chesters, J 2019, 'Alleviating or exacerbating disadvantage: does school attended mediate the association between family background and educational attainment?', Journal of education policy, vol.34, no.3, pp.331-350.

Marsh, HW, Van Zanden, B, Parker, PD, Guo, J, Conigrave, J & Seaton, M 2019, 'Young women face disadvantage to enrollment in university STEM coursework regardless of prior achievement and attitudes', American Educational Research Journal, vol.56, no.5, pp.1629-1680 .

Parker, PD, Bodkin-Andrews, G, Parker, RB & Biddle, N 2019, 'Trends in Indigenous and non-Indigenous multidomain well-being: decomposing persistent, maturation, and period effects in emerging adulthood', Emerging Adulthood, vol.7, no.6, pp.391-410.

Parker, PD, Marsh, HW, Thoemmes, F & Biddle, N 2019, 'The negative year in school effect: extending scope and strengthening causal claims', Journal of Educational Psychology, vol.111, no.1, pp.118-130.

Sikora, J 2019, ‘Is it all about early occupational expectations? How the gender gap in two science domains reproduces itself at subsequent stages of education: evidence from longitudinal PISA in Australia’, International Journal of Science Education,vol.41, no.16, pp.2347-2368.

Sikora, J & Pitt, DGW 2019, 'Does advanced mathematics help students enter university more than basic mathematics? Gender and returns to Year 12 mathematics in Australia', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol.31, no.2, pp.197-218.


Childs, AJ 2018, 'Young Australians' education and employment transitions: Comparing young immigrants' well-being to their Australian peers', Multicultural Education Review, vol.10, no.2, pp.121-138 .

Cooper, G, Berry, A & Baglin, J 2018 ‘Demographic predictors of students' science participation over the age of 16: an Australian case study’, Research in Science Education, pp.1-13.

Cooper, G, Strathdee, R & Baglin, J 2018 ‘Examining geography as a predictor of students' university intentions: a logistic regression analysis’ Journal of Rural Society, vol.27, no.2, pp.83-93.

Law, H 2018, ‘Gender and mathematics: pathways to mathematically intensive fields of study in Australia’ Advances in Life Course Research, vol.37, pp.42-56.

Law, H 2018, ‘Why do adolescent boys dominate advanced mathematics subjects in the final year of secondary school in Australia?’, Australian Journal of Education, vol.62, no.2, pp.169-191.

Marks, GN 2018, 'Do the labour market returns to university degrees differ between high and low achieving youth? Evidence from Australia', Journal for Labour Market Research, vol.52, no.1, pp.1-14

Sikora, J 2018, ‘Aimless or flexible? Does uncertainty in adolescent occupational expectations matter in young adulthood?’, Australian Journal of Education, vol.62, no.2, pp.154-168.

Sikora, J & Pitt, DGW 2019, 'Does advanced mathematics help students enter university more than basic mathematics? Gender and returns to Year 12 mathematics in Australia', Mathematics Education Research Journal,vol.31, no.2, pp.197-218.


Czarnecki, K 2017, 'Less inequality through universal access? Socioeconomic background of tertiary entrants in Australia after the expansion of university participation', Higher Education, published first online, 20 December 2017, pp.1-18.

Gong, X 2017, 'The dynamics of study-work choice and its effect on intended and actual university attainment', Education Economics, vol.25, no.6, pp.619-639.

Marks, GN 2017, 'University and vocational education, and youth labour market outcomes in Australia', Journal of Education and Work, vol.30, no.8, pp.868-880.

Saha, LJ 2017, 'Student perceptions of the 'just world' of the school: impact on school achievement, future civic behaviour, and future occupation', Education and Society, vol.35, no.2, pp.23-40.

Tomaszewski, W, Perales, F & Xiang, N 2017, 'Career guidance, school experiences and the university participation of young people from low socio-economic backgrounds' International Journal of Educational Research, vol.85, supplement C, pp.11-23.


Chen, X & Page, A 2016, 'Stability and instability of subjective well-being in the transition from adolescence to young adulthood: longitudinal evidence from 20991 young Australians' PLoS ONE, vol. 11, no. 5, 15 p.

Parker, PD, Jerrim, J & Anders, J 2016, 'What effect did the global financial crisis have upon youth wellbeing? Evidence from four Australian cohorts' Developmental Psychology, vol.52, no.4, pp.640-651.

Parker, PD, Jerrim, J, Anders, J & Astell-Burt, T 2016, 'Does living closer to a university increase educational attainment? A longitudinal study of aspirations, university entry, and elite university enrolment of Australian youth' Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol.45, no.6, pp.1156-1175.


Chesters, J 2015, 'Does migrant status affect educational achievement, aspirations, and attainment?', Multicultural Education Review, vol.7, no.4, pp.197-212.

Herault, N & Zakirova, R 2015, 'Returns to education: accounting for enrolment and completion effects', Education Economics, vol.23, no.1, pp.84-100.

Jerrim, J & Vignoles, A 2015, 'University access for disadvantaged children: a comparison across countries', Higher Education, vol.70, no.6, pp.903-921.

Marks, GN 2015, 'Do Catholic and independent schools 'add-value' to students' tertiary entrance performance? Evidence from longitudinal population data', Australian Journal of Education, vol.59, no.2, pp.133-157.

Parker, P, Bodkin-Andrews, G, Marsh, H, Jerrim, J & Schoon, I 2015, 'Will closing the achievement gap solve the problem? An analysis of primary and secondary effects for Indigenous university entry', Journal of Sociology, vol.51, no.4, pp.1085-1102.

Parker, PD, Thoemmes, F, Duineveld, JJ & Salmela-Aro, K 2015, 'I wish I had (not) taken a gap-year? The psychological and attainment outcomes of different post-school pathways'Developmental Psychology, vol.51, no.3, pp.323-333.

Polidano, C, Tabasso, D & Tseng, Y-P 2015, 'A second chance at education for early school leavers', Education Economics, vol.23, no.3, pp.358-375.


Curtis, DD 2014, 'The ‘gap year’ in Australia: incidence, participant characteristics and outcomes', Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.107-114.

Gemici, S, Bednarz, A, Karmel, T & Lim, P 2014, 'Young people's aspirations and their occupational outcomes'Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.124-136.

Gemici, S, Lim, P & Karmel, T 2014, 'Can school characteristics influence university entrance scores?', Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.86-99.

Lee, J-S 2014, 'The attainability of university degrees and their labour market benefits for young Australians', Higher Education, vol.68, no.3, pp.449-469.

Lim, P, Gemici, S & Karmel, T 2014, 'The impact of school academic quality on low socioeconomic status students', Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.100-106.

Mahuteau, S & Mavromaras, K 2014, 'An analysis of the impact of socio-economic disadvantage and school quality on the probability of school dropout'Education Economics, vol.22, no.4, pp.389-411.

Oliver, D 2014, 'Lower level qualifications as a stepping stone for young people', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol.17, no.1, pp.15-33.

Parker, PD, Marsh, HW, Ciarrochi, J, Marshall, S & Abduljabbar, AS 2014, 'Juxtaposing math self-efficacy and self-concept as predictors of long-term achievement outcomes', Educational Psychology, vol.34, no.1, pp.29-48.

Polidano, C & Tabasso, D 2014, 'Making it real: the benefits of workplace learning in upper-secondary vocational education and training courses', Economics of Education Review, vol.42, pp.130-146.

Ryan, C 2014, 'Youth Allowance and the financial position of young Australians', Australian Economic Review, vol.47, no.1, pp.115-123.

Sikora, J 2014, ‘Gender gap in school science: are single-sex schools important?', Sex Roles, vol.70, nos.9-10, pp.400-415.


Cardak, B & Vecci, J 2013, 'Catholic school effectiveness in Australia: a reassessment using selection on observed and unobserved variables' Economics of Education Review, vol.37, pp.34-45.


Gemici, S & Curtis, D 2012, 'Senior secondary workplace learning and transition success in Australia', Education + Training, vol.54, no.1, pp.36-49.


Austen, S & MacPhail, F 2011, 'The post-school education choices of young women in Australia and Canada', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol.22, no.3, pp.141-157.

Nguyen, N 2011, 'The impact of VET in schools on young people’s intentions and achievements', VOCAL: the Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, vol.8, pp.35-37.

Wilson, S 2011, 'A fine balance: combining study and part-time work', VOCAL: the Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, vol.9, pp.20-22.


Marks, GN 2010, 'Improvements over the educational career of immigrant students', Australian Journal of Education, vol.54, no.2, pp.133-154.

Stromback, T, 2010, 'Earnings, schooling and vocational education and training', Australian Journal of Labour Economics, vol.13, no.3, pp.241-263 .


Cardak, B & Ryan, C 2009, 'Participation in higher education in Australia: equity and access', Economic Record, vol.85, no.271, pp.433-448.


Leigh, A & Ryan, C 2008, 'How and why has teacher quality changed in Australia?', Australian Economic Review, vol.41, no.2, pp.141-159.


Lee, W-S & Oguzoglu, U 2007, 'Income support and stigma effects for young Australians', Australian Economic Review, vol.40, no.4, pp.369-384.

Marks, GN 2007, 'Do schools matter for early school leaving? Individual and school influences in Australia', School Effectiveness and School Improvement, vol.18, no.4, pp.429-250.


Anlezark, A, Karmel, T & Ong, K 2005, 'Have school VET programs been successful?', Journal for Vocational and Technical Education and Training, vol.5, no.1, pp.56-65.

Dockery, AM 2005, 'The happiness of young Australians: empirical evidence on the role of labour market experience', Economic Record, vol.81, no.255, pp.322-335.

Marjoribanks, K 2005, 'Family background, adolescents' educational aspirations, and Australian young adults' educational attainment', International Education Journal, vol.6, no.1, pp.104-112.

Marks, GN 2005, 'Issues in the school-to-work transition: evidence from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth', Journal of Sociology, vol.41, pp.363-385.


Le, AT & Miller, PW 2003, 'Choice of school in Australia: determinants and consequences', Australian Economic Review, vol.36, no.1, pp.55-78.

Marjoribanks, K 2003, 'Family background, individual and environmental influences, aspirations and young adults' educational attainment: a follow-up study', Educational Studies, vol.29, no.2-3, pp.233-242.

Marks, GN & McMillan, J 2003, 'Declining inequality? The changing impact of socio-economic background and ability on education in Australia', British Journal of Sociology, vol.54, no.4, pp.453-471.


Athanasou, JA 2002, 'Vocational pathways in the early part of a career: an Australian study', Career Development Quarterly, vol.51, no.1, 78-86.

Marjoribanks, K 2002, 'Family background, individual and environmental influences on adolescents' aspirations', Educational Studies, vol.28, no.1, pp.33-46.

Vickers, M & Lamb, S 2002, 'Why state policies matter: the influence of curriculum policy on participation in post-compulsory education and training' , Australian Journal of Education, vol.46, no.2, pp.172-188.


Athanasou, JA 2001, 'Young people in transition: factors influencing the educational‐vocational pathways of Australian school‐leavers', Education + Training, vol.43, no.3, 132-138.

Ball, K & Lamb, S 2001, 'School non-completers: outcomes in vocational education and training', VOCAL: the Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools, vol.3, pp.35-37.