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What the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life

Roger Wilkins and editors from The Conversation write (31.7.18) about the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey data from researchers at the University of Melbourne.

‘We’re talking about what one of Australia’s biggest longitudinal surveys and richest data sets, released today, says about how the nation is changing. And some of the trends may surprise you.

‘The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey tells the stories of the same group of Australians over the course of their lives. Starting in 2001, the survey now tracks more than 17,500 people in 9,500 households, asking about their economic well-being, health and family life.

‘So what does this year’s report tell us about the country Australia has become?

‘… Wilkins said he was surprised by what this huge survey showed about Australians’ financial literacy, our energy use, how many of us are putting off getting a driver’s licence, how our economy is changing, and how our attitudes toward marriage and family life are shifting.

‘The report reveals some insights into where we perhaps need to concentrate our public policy efforts to boost Australia’s economic well-being.’

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