Our publications


Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
  • Austen S., Jefferson T. and Lord L., 2019. “Gender segregation and labour market institutions”, in Gregor, G. Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment. Elgar

Feminist Economics

  • A Mavisakalyan and Y. Tarverdi, 2019. “Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make a difference?”,  European Journal of Political Economy Vol 15(3): 281-304

Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging
  • Austen S. 2019. “Gender Equality in Later Life”,  in Gu D. and Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham 

  • Austen, S. E., and T. Jefferson, 2019.“Crossing the Great Divide: Ostrom’s Coproduction and the Economics of Aged Care”Feminist Economics 25 (3): 48-6.



Gender Innovation
  • Monica Costa and Marian Sawer, 2019. “A thorny path to a more inclusive discipline”, in Sawer, Marian and Baker, in Kerryn (Eds.) Gender Innovation in Political Science: New Norms, New Knowledge, Palgrave Macmillan


Journal of Industrial Relations

Gender in Constitutional Law
  • Austen, S. E., and A. Mavisakalyan, 2018.“Constitutions and the Political Agency of Women: A Cross-Country Study,” in MacKinnon, C. (ed) Gender in Constitutional Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK.


Gender Lens 2018-2019

Working Paper Series

Tax, Social Policy and Gender
  • Austen, S. and R. Sharp, 2018 “Budgeting for women’s rights in retirement”, in Stewart, M. (ed) Tax, Social Policy and Gender: Rethinking Equality and Efficiency, ANU Press, Australia.
  • Hodgson, H. and K. Sadiq, 2018 “Gender equality and a rights based approach to tax reform”, in Stewart, M. (ed) Tax, Social Policy and Gender: Rethinking Equality and Efficiency, ANU Press, Australia

The Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics
  • Austen, S. (2018) “Labor Processes and Outcomes: An Institutional-Heterodox Framework” in Routledge Handbook of Heterodox Economics, edited by Tae-Hee Jo, Lynne Chester, and Carlo D’Ippoliti, Routledge, Chapter 25.

This chapter reviews recent developments in institutional economics that are potentially relevant to the future direction of studies of labor processes and outcomes. A key focus is the Institutional Analysis and Design (IAD) framework, which was devised by Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues to assist in the development of theories of human behaviour in a diverse range of situations. Whilst the majority of previous discussions of Ostrom’s work have focused on her analysis of common pool environmental resources, this chapter examines the potential to make use of the IAD framework to guide the development of institutional-heterodox theories and empirical analyses of labor situations.

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Fragile States
  • Costa, M (2018) “Gender responsive budgeting in fragile states: The case of Timor-Leste”, Oxford: Routledge Publishing.


  • Do, C., H. Hodgson, and N. Wilson-Rogers. 2017. “The tax on feminine hygiene products: Is this reasonable policy?.” Australian Tax Forum 32(3): 521-541.

Journal of Social Policy
  • Jefferson, T., Austen, S., Ong, R. and M. Haffner, 2017. “Housing Equity Withdrawal: Perceptions of Obstacles among Older Australian Home Owners and associated Service Providers.” Journal of Social Policy 46(3):623-643


A Gender Lens - Budget 2017-18

Behavioural Economics with Smart People: Rational Decision-Making within the Bounds of Reason
  • Austen, S. (2017) “Feminist Economics for Smart Behavioural Economists”, in Behavioural Economics with Smart People: Rational Decision-Making within the Bounds of Reason, edited by Morris Altman, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Chapter 10.

Some prominent feminist economists have already identified the strategic potential to link new institutional economics, which is Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom’s field, with feminist theory. Concepts such as endogenous tastes and reciprocity, which feature in new institutional (and smart behavioural) analysis can be linked to feminist economic arguments about the gendered nature of economic behaviour. However, many feminist economists contest other core concepts of new institutional and smart behavioural economics, such as the notion of boundedly rational economic agents, emphasising instead the emotional and subjective aspects of decision-making. Acknowledging these tensions, this chapter explores the potential connections between feminist, smart behavioural and new institutional economics. It draws on Ostrom’s IAD framework to identify key features of feminist economics, before turning to a discussion of the key research topics where the interests of feminist and smart behavioural economics appear to intersect. These include the presence (or otherwise) of differences in the preferences and behaviour of men and women. The issue of (possible) differences in risk aversion is discussed in some detail, while the issue of altruistic preferences is also considered. The chapter concludes with a summary of the key themes of feminist economics and some recommendations for smart behavioural economic research.

The Sandwich Generation
  • Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp, Therese Jefferson and Rachel Ong, 2017, “Missing mature women in Australia’s aged care sector”, in Burke, R. and Calvano, L., The Sandwich Generation: Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham
Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.

Women and the Politics of Gender
  • Costa, M and Sharp, R. (2017) ‘Budgetary policy, gender equality and the politics of change’ in Niner, S. (ed) Women and the politics of gender in post-conflict Timor-Leste, Women in Asia Series, Oxford: Routledge Publishing


Constitutions and the Political Agency of Women: A Cross-Country Study


Work ability, age and the intention to leave age care work


Cambridge Journal of Economics


Australian Journal of Management


Gender Issues in and Aging Society


Gender-Focused Institutions in International Parliamentary Bodies
  • Costa, M. (2016) ‘Gender-Focused Institutions in International Parliamentary Bodies: The Case of the Women’s Caucus of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Portuguese-Speaking Countries’, Parliamentary Affairs

Work, Care & Family Policies - Election Benchmarks 2016






Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics
  • Therese Jefferson, Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp, Rachel Ong, Valerie Adams and Gill Lewin, 2016 “A mixed methods approach to investigating the employment decisions of aged care workers in Australia”, in Lee, F. and Cronin, B., Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham

This chapter describes the development and implementation of a mixed methods research project that was designed to investigate the characteristics and experience of women aged 45 and over working in the Australian aged care sector. The key issue of interest is whether these workers planned to remain in or leave employment in the sector. This study utilises an embedded mixed methods framework of enquiry, utilising secondary data from a large national survey, organisational employment data, purposefully collected survey data and semi structured interview data collection and analysis. This framework captures the potential of quantitative data to identify national patterns of mature age women’s employment, the employment decisions made by aged care workers at an organisational level and patterns of employment exit and retention by aged care workers at an industry level. Individual qualitative data provides insights into the experiences of the aged care workers within specific institutional contexts.

A Gender Lens - Budget 2016-17







Gender Impact Analysis


Cambridge Journal of Economics


Journal of Industrial Relations


Oxford Developmental Studies


WiSER Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Economic Security for Women in Retirement
  • Senate Standing Committees on Economics 2015 ‘Achieving economic security for women in retirement’, Canberra

WiSER submission to the Senate Inquiry into Economic Security for Women in Retirement