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The Henderson Question? The Melbourne Institute and fifty years of welfare policy

R. G. Gregory;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2013
Abstract
We discuss selected research contributions of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, to fifty years of welfare policy for those of work force age and focus particularly on the policy focus of R. F. Henderson, the inaugural director. Following the spirit of his 1960s poverty research, government, in the mid-1970s, doubled unemployment allowances in real terms and increased pensions by approximately forty per cent. Both income support payments were to be indexed by average wage increases. At the time, unemployment was typically around one per cent and the pension take-up was also limited. Today, income support take-up rates have probably...
Subjects
free text keywords: make work pay, welfare policy, indexation of welfare payments
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