Serena joined CHERE in 2015 as a Senior Research Fellow. For six years prior to this, Serena worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney, where she worked extensively with government and not-for-profit organisations, most recently on the evaluation of public policy interventions. Serena specialises in microeconometric research methods, and her research interests include health and labour economics, public policy, and the intersection of these areas with issues of ageing. At CHERE, Serena is working extensively on evaluation projects, and with the NSW data-linkage system, primarily the 45 and Up Study. Her Phd thesis, entitled ‘Retiree welfare in Australia’, examined the individual welfare of retirees in response to the economic crisis and a large, once-off increase in the Age Pension. She received the Walter Noel Gillies Prize for Best Phd Thesis in Economics at the University of Sydney.
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Yu, S & Peetz, D 2019, 'Nonstandard time wage premiums and employment effects: Evidence from an Australian natural experiment', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 33-61.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Yu, S, van Gool, K, Kirby, S, Gardner, K, Robinson, L, Linehan, T, Harris, MF & Hall, J 2018, 'The business of integrated care: implementing new models of care in a fee-for-service setting', Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 16-28.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
The welfare effects from the 2009 increase in the age pension are
evaluated using a quasi-experimental, difference-in-difference
regression framework. Using microdata to exploit the exogenous
and large increase in the single-person pension rate, the research
finds significant improvements in the material welfare of single age
pensioners. In particular, non-housing and total consumption rose
by 7 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively. The effects were amplified
among the poorest retirees. The study extends the literature on the
welfare benefits of pension programs, and provides evidence that the
policy changes were highly effective in lifting the material welfare
of the targeted beneficiaries.
What does it mean to have good work–life balance? Public debate has grown around the importance of work–life balance in contributing to quality of life, yet the debate remains quite narrowly conceived. In particular, 'work' is conceived as negative, especially long hours, and 'life' is centred around (typically women's) caring responsibilities, especially childcare. However, a number of studies have challenged these dichotomies and suggested that work–life balance is influenced by other variables. Using Australia at Work survey data on over 4000 individuals, this study considers the factors that determine satisfaction with work–life balance. An ordered probit framework is used to take advantage of a data set that is rich in variables capturing objective and subjective measures of the labour contract and workplace characteristics. The results show that while long hours and caring responsibilities do indeed affect work–life balance outcomes, the presence of job insecurity and work intensification have measurably larger effects. The implications of the analysis are that wider interpretations of work–life balance are needed, which move beyond seeing work–life balance as an issue only of relevance to women with childcaring responsibilities and focus on a broader job quality agenda.
Wright, MC, Hall, J, Haas, M, Van Gool, K & Yu, S 2018, 'The relationship between continuity of care and cervical cancer screening', 40th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Hobart.
Wheelahan, L, Buchanan, J & Yu, S National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2015, Linking qualifications and the labour market through capabilities and vocational streams, Canberra.
Yu, S Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association 2015, Evaluating the impact of Sunday penalty rates in the NSW retail industry.
Van Gool, K, Woods, M, Hall, J, Haas, M & Yu, S CHERE 2015, Sustainability, efficiency and equity in health care: The role of funding arrangements in Australia. A report by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), Sydney.
Van Gool, K, Woods, M, Hall, J, Haas, M, Yu, S & Wright, M CHERE 2015, Primary Health Networks as a disruptive force for positive change: A report by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), Sydney.
Wheelahan, L & Buchanan, J National Centre for Vocational Education Research Linking qualifications and the labour market through capabilities and vocational streams.