Research reports

Research reports examine policy-relevant issues and comprise original analysis using the LSAY data sets and other extant data where relevant. Topics explored cover school, post-school study and transitions, work and equity groups.

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  • 20 August 2013
    The impact of school academic quality on low socioeconomic status students
    20 August 2013
    The authors of this paper explore whether low socioeconomic status (SES) students benefit to a greater or lesser extent from attending high-quality schools when compared with their more advantaged…
  • 6 June 2012
    Bridging the gap: who takes a gap year and why?
    6 June 2012
    This report was prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to throw light on the growing trend of taking a 'gap year' between school completion and commencing…
  • 10 August 2011
    Which paths work for which young people?
    10 August 2011
    In this paper, the authors identify various educational paths involving school and post-school study and assess the effectivness of these in relation to post-school outcomes at age 25 years. They use …
  • 10 June 2011
    Year 12 completion and youth transitions
    10 June 2011
    On average, young people who complete Year 12 tend to have more successful transitions from education to work than those who do not. However, in recent years there has been a realisation that it does …
  • 5 June 2013
    Student income support and education and training participation in Australia
    5 June 2013
    This research reports on the effects of Youth Allowance using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). It employs a range of econometric techniques to address the fact that the…
  • 29 August 2011
    Does combining school and work affect school and post-school outcomes?
    29 August 2011
    In this report the authors seek to answer the question of whether combining school and work is detrimental or beneficial to a student's school educational performance and labour market outcomes. They …
  • 19 April 2010
    Education and happiness in the school-to-work transition
    19 April 2010
    Education is generally seen as enhancing people's lives. However, previous research has reported an inverse relationship between education and happiness or satisfaction with life: as education level…
  • 1 May 2008
    Career advice in Australian secondary schools: Use and usefulness
    1 May 2008
    This report examines young people's participation in career advice activities while at school and their perceptions of the usefulness of the advice they receive. The data are from the 2003 15 year…
  • 30 July 2014
    Does financial stress impact on young people in tertiary study?
    30 July 2014
    The focus of this paper is a consideration of the role that financial stress plays on a student's study outcomes and their study decisions. In particular, the paper explores whether individual…
  • 1 June 2002
    Education participation and outcomes by geographic location
    1 June 2002
    This report aimed to do the following: assess the viability of using the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) study data for national reporting of outcomes by geographic location; and to…