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From risk to opportunity: labour markets in transition: background paper

This background paper provides contextual information for a project that will investigate innovative institutional arrangements in the area of social policy to cope with structural change in both labour markets and household formation. The project, ‘From risks to opportunity: labour markets in transition’, responds to the widely held view that Australia’s apparent incapacity to produce adequate full-time, remunerative work, distributed equitably amongst households, amounts to a social crisis (see report indexed at TD/TNC 70.406). The paper outlines the key social and economic changes over the last three decades which challenge the relevance of traditional policy assumptions. It then presents the concept of transitional labour markets (TLMs), which could provide a basis for an innovative approach to policy that is more appropriate for contemporary social and economic conditions. TLMs refer to pathways between standard employment and other statuses, e.g. education-to-work transition, the transition between unemployment and work, the transition between unpaid work and paid work, and the transition to retirement. The project will use the concept both to explore the dynamics of labour markets over the life course for individuals or groups and to envisage new types of institutional arrangements that serve to manage risk and enhance people’s capacity for social participation. The project will involve a partnership among researchers from the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR).

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Authors: Ziguras, Stephen; Considine, Mark; Hancock, Linda;
Date: 2004
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Equity; Labour market; Employment;

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