Samples of work


Drafted submission for COTA (Australia) on ”Older people and job security”  for a Senate Inquiry into Job Security (April 2021)

Inequality in Australia: Who is affected and why? (ACOSS & UNSW 2020)

Inequality in Australia: Overview (ACOSS & UNSW 2020)

Poverty in Australia: Who is affected? (ACOSS & UNSW 2020)

Poverty in Australia: Overview (ACOSS & UNSW 2020)

Faces of Unemployment: A profile of unemployed people, jobs and employment services. (February 2020)

‘Poverty in Australia,’ ACOSS/UNSW, (2018)

Voices of unemployment: Results of an ACOSS survey of jobactive service users’, ACOSS (2018).

‘Faces of unemployment’, [a profile of unemployed people and low-skilled jobs] ACOSS (2018).

Future employment services in Australia, ACOSS submission to Employment Services expert Panel (2018)

Inequality in Australia,’ ACOSS/UNSW, (2018)

PhD Thesis: ‘Active willing and able, a comparison of activation policies in Australia, UK, Netherlands and Denmark’, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW (2018).

‘Ending tax avoidance, evasion and money laundering through private trusts.’ ACOSS policy briefing (2017)

‘Fuel on the fire: negative gearing, capital gains tax and housing affordability,’ ACOSS Tax Talk No 2 (2015)

‘Tax: are we paying our fair share? The effects of the current tax mix on contributions to the tax system,’ ACOSS Tax Talk No 1 (2015)

Davidson, P & Whiteford P (2011), ‘Activation policies in Australia’ Background report for OECD review of activation policies in Australia, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris.

Davidson, P (2011), ‘Did work first work? The role of employment assistance in reducing long term unemployment in Australia (1990-2008)’, Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol 37 No 1 2011

Davidson P (2010), ‘Out of the maze, a better social security system for people of working age.’ACOSS (2010)  ACOSS_Paper__Reform_of_working_age_payments.pdf


Understanding Unemployment Payments and Mutual Obligations (Welfare Rights Centre, Sydney February 2020)

Employment assistance after the lockdowns: The regional dimension (Australian Council of Social Service, June 2020)

Inequality in Australia: Impact of COVID19. (SPRC, UNSW, June 2020)

Poverty in Australia (2020), with Assoc Prof Bruce Bradbury (Social Policy Research Centre March 2020)

Faces of unemployment, with Peter Defteros (ACOSS and Jobs Australia, February 2020)

Swimming to the deep end: Can performance-based contracting work for disadvantaged job seekers?’, Jobs Australia conference (Hobart November 2017)

‘From basic income to poor law, and back again,’ Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney (September 2017) – See Social Security blog page

Contracting employment services to outcomes: is this the promised land?’, Melbourne Institute Public Economics Forum, Canberra (September 2016)

‘Post-Budget Forum’, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, Canberra (June 2016)

‘Reinventing the wheel: reforming the taxation of superannuation’, Economic and Social Outlook Conference, University of Melbourne (November 2015)

‘Degrees of deservingness’, Presentation to the Welfare reform conference, Australian National University, Canberra (September 2015).

‘Who’s the fairest (and most efficient) of all: Income or consumption taxes?’ Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, Sydney (September 2015). See Tax blog page

‘Leveraging consumption taxes’, Australian Financial Review Tax Reform conference, Sydney (September 2015)

‘Out of the labyrinth: Simplifying benefits for people of working age’, Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW Sydney (Sept. 2013)

Is the Job Services Australia model ‘made for measure’ for disadvantaged jobseekers?’, Employment Services for the Future conference, Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne (February 2013)

‘Income tax reform: Principles, packages and processes’, Australian Treasury seminar Canberra, (December 2012)

‘Income support in a time of low unemployment’, Presentation to Melbourne Institute/The Australian public policy conference, University of Melbourne (July 2011)

‘Welfare to work, did it raise or lower the incomes of sole parents and people with disabilities?’, Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW Sydney (July 2011). See Social Security blog page