Research reports

Research reports examine policy-relevant issues and comprise original analysis using the LSAY data sets and other extant data where relevant. Topics explored cover school, post-school study and transitions, work and equity groups.

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  • 1 September 1998
    Well-being among young Australians: Effects of work and home life for four youth in transition cohorts
    1 September 1998
    This report examines the relationship of well-being with a variety of demographic and economic factors among young Australian people. Youth were analysed on the impact of gender, income,…
  • 1 December 2005
    Non-apprenticeship VET courses: Participation, persistence and subsequent pathways
    1 December 2005
    This report examines recent school leavers who commenced non-apprenticeship vocational education and training (VET) courses in Australia during the late 1990s. It focuses on the early post-school…
  • 29 August 2012
    How did young people fare in the 1990s economic downturn?
    29 August 2012
    To provide insights into how young people may fare in the current economic downturn, this study examines the experience of youth in a previous downturn. While it is recognised that each downturn is…
  • 1 January 2007
    Movement of non-metropolitan youth towards the cities
    1 January 2007
    This report follows the final years of secondary school and post-school pathways of young people residing in non-metropolitan areas. This includes geographic mobility, participation in education,…
  • 1 August 2003
    A 'causal' estimate of the effect of schooling on full-time employment among young Australians
    1 August 2003
    This report exploits a policy change that occurred in South Australia in the mid-1980s to generate a causal estimate of the effect of schooling on full-time employment outcomes. The results of this…
  • 1 April 2008
    VET pathways taken by school leavers
    1 April 2008
    This report examines the vocational education and training (VET) pathways pursued by young people since leaving school. It investigates the characteristics of those who pursue VET, their persistence…
  • 24 March 2014
    Educational outcomes: the impact of aspirations and the role of student background characteristics
    24 March 2014
    The authors examine the relationships between student background characteristics, educational aspirations and educational outcomes using data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY). …
  • 1 September 1998
    Attitudes to school life: Their influences and their effects on achievement and leaving school
    1 September 1998
    This report investigates students' attitudes to school life: firstly, possible changes over time; secondly, the influence of individual and school level variables on attitudes; and thirdly, the…
  • 1 September 1998
    Factors influencing youth unemployment in Australia: 1980-1994
    1 September 1998
    In this report unemployment among young Australians between 1980 and 1994 is examined. Four youth cohorts were examined (born in 1960, 1965, 1970 and 1975) to gain data for this report. Factors that…
  • 17 December 2014
    Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth annual report 2013
    17 December 2014
    The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program is an important evidence base for youth policy, providing information on the key transition points in young people's lives up to the age of …