Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury

Associate Professor
BSocSc MCom PhD UNSW
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7814
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 305, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Family and Household Studies, Public Economics-Publically Provided Goods, Labour Economics

Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury is an economist and statistician with over 20 years of experience analysing social policies and programs. His research interests include the measurement of living standards, child poverty and well-being, income support and labour market policies and consumer equivalence scales. He has extensive experience in the analysis of large survey and administrative databases and in the management of quantitative research projects. He has published in prominent journals such as Economica, The Review of Income and Wealth, The Economic Record, Journal of Sociology and Fiscal Studies. He is a member of the academic advisory committee for the HILDA survey.

Research

Dr Bruce Bradbury is an Associate Professor at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC).

Commentary  @Bruce_Bradbury

Recent Books and Papers

Bradbury, B, M. Corak, J. Waldfogel and E Washbrook (2015), Too many children left behind: The U.S. achievement gap in comparative perspective Russell Sage https://www.russellsage.org/publications/too-many-children-left-behind (Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Too_Many_Children_Left_Behind?id=iECpCQAAQBAJ )

Though separated fathers are more likely to be on income support, this is not because they reduce their earnings once they have child support obligations. Bradbury and Zhu Separation and Income Support (PDF) (PDF).

Four papers on housing wealth and retirement:
- Bradbury, Bruce (2010), Asset rich, but income poor: Australian housing wealth and retirement FaHCSIA Social Policy Research Paper No 41.
- Bradbury, Bruce and Bina Gubhaju (2010), Housing costs and living standards among the elderly FaHCSIA Occasional Paper No 31.
- Bradbury, Bruce (2010), The fourth retirement pillar in rich nations (PDF), and
- Yates, Judy and Bradbury, Bruce (2009), Home ownership as a (crumbling) fourth pillar of social insurance in Australia (LWS working paper) (PDF) (see below for published version).

Work on the Age Pension relativity (supporting evidence for the increase in the single age pension in 2009) Pensions for Single and Couples

Selected publications

Bradbury B. (2014), 'Pensions for Singles and Couples', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 480 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12106

Bradbury B. (2014), 'Child costs', in Ben-Arieh A; Casas F; Frones I; Korbin JE (ed.), Handbook of child well-being, Springer, Dordrect, Heidelberg, New York, London, pp. 1483 - 1507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_60

Bradbury, Bruce (2013) ‘The fourth retirement pillar in rich nations’ in Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jantti (eds) Income inequality: Economic disparities and the middle class in affluent countries, Stanford University Press, Social Inequality Series.(Earlier version) (PDF)

Bradbury, Bruce, Miles Corak, Jane Waldfogel and Elizabeth Washbrook (2012), ‘Inequality in early childhood outcomes’ in John Ermisch, Markus Jäntti and Timothy M. Smeeding (eds), From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage New York, Russell Sage Foundation. (IZA discussion paper version) (PDF)

Washbrook, Waldfogel, Bradbury, Corak and Ghanghro (2012), ‘The development of young children of immigrants in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United StatesChild Development 83(5):1591-1607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01796.x  (Slate article)

Yates, J. and Bradbury, B. (2010), 'Home ownership as a (crumbling) fourth pillar of social insurance in Australia', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 25 (2), 193-211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-010-9187-4.

Bradbury, B. (2008), "Time and the cost of children" Review of Income and Wealth, 54(3), September http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2008.00277.x. See also this earlier version (PDF).

Saunders, P., and Bradbury, B. (2006), 'Monitoring trends in poverty and inequality: Data, methodology and measurement', The Economic Record 82 (258, September): 341-364.

Bradbury, B.and Norris, K., (2005), "Income and Separation" Journal of Sociology 41(4):425-446 (Abstract) (Earlier conference paper version (PDF)).

Bradbury, B. (2004) "Targeting Social Assistance" in Fiscal Studies 25(3):305-324. (Abstract).

Bradbury, B. (2004), "Consumption and the Within-Household Income Distribution: Outcomes from an Australian 'Natural Experiment (PDF)" CESifo Economic Studies Vol 50 3/2004.

Bradbury, B.; Jenkins, S.P. and Micklewright, J. (eds, 2001) The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries CUP. (publication details)

Bradbury, B. and Jäntti, M. (2001) “Child Poverty Across the Industrialised World: Evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study” in Vleminckx, K., Smeeding, T.M. (eds.) Child Well-being, Child Poverty and Child Policy in Modern Nations, The Policy Press, Bristol.

Code
SAS utility macros Documentation is in the header of each file. Of particular interest for HILDA users will be the HILDALong.sas macro which creates a long file from all HILDA waves and the ABSJack macro which does Jackknife replication using replicate weights (for either ABS or HILDA data).
Old Australian Tax/transfer macros(See TATLIB.TXT in the folder).

Publications

    Books

    • Bradbury B; Corak M; Waldfogel J; Washbrook E, 2015, Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, https://www.russellsage.org/publications/too-many-children-left-behind
    • Saunders PG; Chalmers JJ; Mchugh MH; Murray CL; Bittman MP; Bradbury BW, 1998, The development of indicative budget standards for Australia, Department of Social Security, Canberra
    • Bradbury BW, 1998, Middle class welfare in Australia?, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Eardley AC; Bradbury BW, 1997, Self-employment and social security, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney

    Book Chapters

    • Bradbury B, 2014, 'Child costs', in Ben-Arieh A; Casas F; Frones I; Korbin JE (ed.), Handbook of child well-being, Springer, Dordrect, Heidelberg, New York, London, pp. 1483 - 1507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-9063-8_60
    • Bradbury BW, 2013, 'The fourth retirement pillar in rich nations', in Gornick JC; Jäntti M (ed.), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries, Stanford University Press, pp. 334 - 361, http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=21329
    • Bradbury BW; Corak M; Waldfogel J; Washbrook E, 2012, 'Inequality in Early Childhood Outcomes', in Ermisch J; Jäntti M; Smeeding TM (ed.), From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage, edn. 1st, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, pp. 87 - 119, https://www.russellsage.org/publications/parents-to-children
    • Saunders PG; Bradbury BW, 2002, 'Changes across Australian generations', in ABS (ed.), Australian Social Trends, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
    • Jantti M; Bradbury BW, 2001, 'Child Poverty Across the Industrialised World: Evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study', in Vleminckx K; Smeeding TM (ed.), Child Well-being, Child Poverty and Child Policy in Modern Nations: What do we, Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 11 - 32
    • Bradbury BW; Jantti M, 2001, 'Child Poverty Across Twenty-Five Countries', in The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 62 - 91
    • Bradbury BW; Jenkins SP; Micklewright J, 2001, 'The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Seven Industrialised Nations', in The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 92 - 134
    • Bradbury BW, 2001, 'Beyond the Snapshot: A Dynamic View of Child Poverty', in Beyond the Snapshot: A Dynamic View of Child Poverty, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 1 - 26
    • Bradbury BW, 2001, 'Conceptual and Measurement Issues', in The Dynamics of Child Poverty in Industrialised Countries, Cambridge University Press, UK, pp. 27 - 61

    Journal articles

    • Zhu A; Bradbury B, 2015, 'Delaying School Entry: Short- and Longer-Term Effects on Mothers' Employment', The Economic Record, vol. 91, no. 291, pp. 233 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12179
    • Bradbury B, 2014, 'Pensions for Singles and Couples', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 480 - 498, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12106
    • Bittman M; Bradbury B, 2012, 'Introduction to the themed section: Children of the recession - The social consequences of an economic downturn', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 479 - 483
    • Washbrook E; Waldfogel J; Bradbury BW; Corak M; Ghanghro A, 2012, 'The development of young children of immigrants in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States', Child Development, vol. 83, no. 5, pp. 1591 - 1607, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01796.x
    • Yates J; Bradbury B, 2010, 'Home ownership as a (crumbling) fourth pillar of social insurance in Australia', Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 193 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-010-9187-4
    • Bradbury BW, 2010, 'Asset rich, but income poor: Australian housing wealth and retirement in an international context', Social Policy Research Papers, vol. 41, pp. i - 44, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/socialpolicy/Documents/prp41/sprp_41.pdf
    • Bradbury BW, 2008, 'Time and the cost of children', Review of Income and Wealth, vol. 54, pp. 305 - 323
    • Saunders P; Bradbury B, 2006, 'Monitoring trends in poverty and income distribution: Data, methodology and measurement', The Economic Record, vol. 82, no. 258, pp. 341 - 364, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2006.00344.x
    • Bradbury BW, 2006, 'Disadvantage among Australian Young Mothers', Australian Journal of Labour Economics: a journal of labour economics and labour relations, vol. 9(2), pp. 147 - 171
    • Bradbury BW; Norris K, 2005, 'Income and separation', Journal of Sociology, vol. 41, pp. 425 - 446
    • Bradbury BW, 2005, 'Missing and perturbed data from the Australian Census', The Australian Economic Review, vol. 38, pp. 99 - 107
    • Bradbury BW, 2004, 'Consumption and the within household income distribution outcomes from an Australian `Natural Experiment`', CES - IFO Economic Studies, vol. 50, pp. 501 - 540
    • Bradbury BW, 2004, 'Targeting social assistance', Fiscal Studies, vol. 25, pp. 305 - 324
    • Bradbury BW; Chalmers JJ, 2003, 'Location and unemployment', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 208 - 234
    • Bradbury BW, 2003, 'The welfare intepretation of consumer equivalence scales', International Journal of Social Economics, vol. 30, pp. 770 - 787
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG; Bradbury BW, 2003, 'Reviewing the intertemporal consistency of ABS household income data through comparisons with external aggregates', The Australian Economic Review, vol. 36, pp. 333 - 349
    • Bradbury BW, 2003, 'Child poverty: a Review', Social Policy Research Papers, no. 20, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/socialpolicy/Pages/prps-prps_20.aspx
    • Bradbury BW, 1999, 'Child poverty across industrialised nations', Family Matters, pp. 65 - 69
    • Bradbury BW, 1997, 'The living standards of the low income self-employed', The Australian Economic Review, pp. 374 - 389

    Conference Papers

    • Redmond G; Wong; Bradbury B; Katz I, 2014, 'Intergenerational mobility: new evidence from LSAY data', in 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’: refereed papers, NCVER, pp. 68 - 75, presented at 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Mooloolaba, Queensland, 10 - 12 July 2014, http://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv63419
    • Zhu A; Bradbury BW, 2012, 'The length of Welfare Receipt for Separated Mothers', presented at British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) conference, Nottingham, UK, 10 - 12 September 2012
    • Bradbury BW; Zhu A, 2010, 'The Impact of Separation on Labour Supply, Income Support Receipt and Income', presented at Australian Labour Economics Conference, Sydney, 1 January 2010
    • Bradbury BW, 2007, 'The impact of young motherhood in Australia', in XXIst Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics, presented at XXIst Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics, Chicago Illinois USA, 14 - 16 June 2007
    • Bradbury BW, 2006, 'The impact of young motherhood on education, employment and marriage', in 35th Australian Conference of Economists, presented at 35th Australian Conference of Economists, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, 25 - 27 September 2006
    • Bradbury BW, 2003, 'Housing location and employment', in Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems, Springer, New York, USA, presented at Social Inclusion, University of New South Wales, 9 - 11 July 2003

    Reports

    • Bradbury BW; Mendolia, 2012, Living standards after retirement: perceptions and expenditure patterns, 2/2012
    • Bray JR; Gray M; Hand; Bradbury; Eastman C; Katz, 2012, Evaluating New Income Management in the Northern Territory (first evaluation report), 11/2012, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Evaluating_New_Income_Management_in_the_Northern_Territory_first_evaluation_report_2012.pdf
    • Bradbury BW; Zhu A, 2012, The Impact of Separation on Labour Supply, Income Support Receipt and Income., Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Report for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    • Bradbury BW, 2011, Young Motherhood and Child Outcomes, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, SPRC Report 1/2011, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2011_1_Report1_11_YoungMotherhood.pdf
    • Bradbury BW; Gubhaju B, 2010, Housing costs and living standards among the elderly, Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Occassional Paper Series, Occassional Paper 31, http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/about/publicationsarticles/research/occasional/Pages/op31.aspx
    • Saunders PG; Hill T; Bradbury BW, 2008, Poverty in Australia: Sensitivity analysis and recent trends, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, Report 4/08, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report4_08_Poverty_in_Australia.pdf
    • Bradbury BW, 2007, Child outcomes and family socio-economic characteristics: LSAC outcomes and the family environment (final report), 9/2007
    • Bradbury BW, 2002, Methods to Address Requirements for Changes in Funding Disability Services Brought About by External Change, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Methods to Address Requirements for Changes in Funding Disability Services Brought About by External Change

    Theses / Dissertations

    • Bradbury BW, 1997, Family Size and Relative Need, PhD Thesis, University of New South Wales

    Working Papers

    • Bradbury BW; Corak M; Waldfogel J; Washbrook E, 2011, Inequality during the Early Years: Child Outcomes and Readiness to Learn in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit, Bonn, IZA Discussion Paper Series, http://ftp.iza.org/dp6120.pdf
    • Bradbury BW, 2004, Consumption and the within household income distribution outcomes from an Australian `Natural Experiment`, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Consumption and the within household income distribution outcomes from an Australian `Natural Experiment`
    • Bradbury BW, 2003, Child Poverty: A Review, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Reports, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Report3_03_Child_Poverty.pdf
    • Siminski P; Saunders PG; Bradbury BW; Waseem S, 2003, Assessing the quality and inter-temporal comparibility of ABS household income distribution survey data, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Assessing the quality and inter-temporal comparibility of ABS household income distribution survey data
    • Bradbury BW; Jenkins S; Micklewright J, 2000, Child Poverty Dynamics in Seven Nations, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, Child Poverty Dynamics in Seven Nations
    • Bradbury BW, 1999, Tax-benefit policies and parents` incentives to work: the case of Australia 1980-1997, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC discussion paper
    • Bradbury BW, 1999, Tax theory and targeting: a survey, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC discussion paper no 100
    • Bradbury BW; Jantti M, 1999, Child poverty across industrialised nations, UNICEF International Child Development Centre, Florence, Innocenti occasional papers, economic and social policy studies

Teaching

HDR Supervision Bruce Bradbury is available to supervise higher degree research students in the following fields: Poverty, inequality and living standards, economics of the household, economic demography, income support and labour market policies. Bruce currently supervises Yuvisthi Naidoo, Sherman Chan and David Scott.