Peter Davidson

Postgraduate Research

Research Areas: Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation, Measures of Social Inequality & Wellbeing

Research Topic: Why some countries are more unemployed than others: a comparison of employment participation policies in four countries
Supervisors: Prof Peter Saunders, Prof Peter Whiteford

Peter commenced his PhD at SPRC in 2009.

He works as Senior Policy Officer at the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS). His research and policy interests include employment assistance, the labour market and unemployment, income support, poverty research, taxation and superannuation policy.

Research Summary

The research compares employment participation or ‘activation’ policies in four countries: Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Australia from 1990 to 2007. Focussing on work experience programs for long-term unemployed people, it will examine convergence and divergence in activation policies in the four countries from the perspectives of income protection, improving work incentives, improving work capacity, and active engagement with the labour market.


Publications

Journal articles

Davidson, P. (2011). Did work-first work? The role of employment assistance programs in reducing long term unemployment in Australia (1990-2008), Australian Bulletin of Labour, 37(1), 51-96.

Reports

‘Activation policies in Australia’ (with Prof. Peter Whiteford), Background report for OECD review of activation policies in Australia, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris. (forthcoming)

‘Poverty in Australia’, (ACOSS October 2012 (PDF))

‘Towards more efficient and responsive employment services in Australia,’ (ACOSS March 2012 (PDF))

‘Beyond stereotypes, myths and facts about people on social security’ (ACOSS May 2011) (PDF)

‘Out of the maze, a better social security system for people of working age.’ (ACOSS April 2010) (PDF)

Phillips, J. and Davidson, P. (2009). Reform of family payments (paper 160). Sydney: Australian Council on Social Services.

Davidson, P. (2009). Progressive tax reform: reform of the personal income tax system (paper 158). Sydney: Australian Council on Social Services.

Davidson, P. (2009). Adequate, fair, sustainable, and simple: Retirement incomes reform. Sydney: Australian Council on Social Services.

Davidson, P. (2009). Submission to Fair Pay Commission on minimum wages. Sydney: Australian Council on Social Services.

Conference presentations

Davidson, P. (2009, February). Retirement incomes policy. Paper presented at the Community Tax Forum Symposium, Canberra.

Davidson, P. (2009, February). Public support for retirement incomes, time fror renovation. Paper presented at the Community Tax Forum Symposium, Canberra.

Davidson, P. (2009, May). Family Payments. Paper presented at the Community Tax Forum Symposium, Sydney.

Davidson, P. (2011, July). Income support in a time of low unemployment. Paper presented at the Economic and Social Outlook Conference, Melbourne.

Davidson, P. (2011, July). Welfare to work, did it raise or lower the incomes of sole parents and people with disabilities?. Paper presented at the 12th Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney.

Davidson, P. (2013, February). Job Services Australia: Made to measure for disadvantaged jobseekers? Paper presented at Employment Services for the Future Conference, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne.

Davidson, P. (2013, September). Out of the labyrinth: Basic income proposals and their past and future in Australian social policy. Paper presented at the 14th Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney.

Davidson, P. (2014, June). Comparing activation policies in Denmark and the United Kingdom: testing the convergence thesis. Presenteda at the FISS Conference, Sigtuna, Sweden.

Davidson, P. (2014, August). Long term unemployment: the 'achilles heel' of the Job Services Australia model. Paper presented at the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Community/seminar presentations

Davidson, P. (2009, October). Employment assistance for long term unemployed people. Invited presentation at the DEEWR-ACOSS seminar.

Davidson, P. (2013, March). The lucky country, Australian and Danish activation policies in international comparison. Invited presentation at the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Aalborg, Denmark.

Davidson, P. (2013, March). The lucky country, Australian and Dutch activation policies in international comparison. Invited presentation at the Institute for Advanced Labour Studies, Amsterdam, Holland.