Australian Economic Review

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Edited By: Ross Williams (Managing Editor), Paul H. Jensen and Ian McDonald

Impact Factor: 0.395

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 254/332 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-8462

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An applied economics journal with a strong policy orientation, The Australian Economic Review publishes high-quality articles applying economic analysis to a wide range of macroeconomic and microeconomic topics relevant to both economic and social policy issues. Produced by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, it is the leading journal of its kind in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. While it is of special interest to Australian academics, students, policy-makers, and others interested in the Australian economy, the journal also considers matters of international interest.

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Australian Economic Review policy forum

In this Policy Forum, the transition of Australia's youth through school into work and further study is investigated. The first article provides an overview of youth longitudinal studies in Australia and introduces the five papers from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth research forum, ‘Are We There Yet? Youth Transitions in Australia’. These papers then proceed to investigate the topic, focusing on the impact of school characteristics and academic quality on students, as well as the influence of gap years and aspirations on student outcomes. Read the whole policy forum online now:

Are We There Yet? Youth Transitions in Australia
Tom Karmel

Can School Characteristics Influence University Entrance Scores?
Sinan Gemici, Patrick Lim and Tom Karmel

The Impact of School Academic Quality on Low Socioeconomic Status Students
Patrick Lim, Sinan Gemici and Tom Karmel

The ‘Gap Year’ in Australia: Incidence, Participant Characteristics and Outcomes
David D. Curtis

Youth Allowance and the Financial Position of Young Australians
Chris Ryan

Young People's Aspirations and Their Occupational Outcomes
Sinan Gemici, Alice Bednarz, Tom Karmel and Patrick Lim


In the article Immigration and School Choice in Australia, Astghik Mavisakalyan finds that Australian-born parents in areas with high migrant populations are more likely to send their children to private schools than Australian-born parents in areas with lower immigrant rates.

This paper formed the basis of the article Private schools used for cultural quarantine published in The Age.

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