Professor Mark Wooden

Professorial Research Fellow and Director, HILDA Survey

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

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Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
Level 5, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, 111 Barry Street, The University of Melbourne


Mark Wooden commenced an appointment as a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Institute in March 2000. He was previously Professor and Acting Director at the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University of South Australia, where he was employed for 19 years. In that time he developed a reputation as one of Australia's leading commentators on contemporary developments in the labour market.

In 2000 he commenced work as the first director of the HILDA Survey Project, Australia's first large-scale household panel survey, a position he still holds today.

In 2010, Mark was appointed Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.

Research Interests / Current Projects

Research interests:

- Applied labour economics

- Changing nature of work

- Industrial / workplace relations

- Survey methodology

Major projects:

HILDA Survey project
Mark is the Director of the HILDA Survey, a panel survey that commenced in 2001 with a sample of around 8,000 Australian households. Members of these households have been followed over time on an annual basis. In 2011 a new cohort of just over 2,100 households was added. The study has a focus on household composition, employment, income and wealth, and health and well-being. Funded by the Australian Government, it is intended to be a major resource for researchers and policy-makers alike, with the unit record data available for bona fide research purposes. Information about the study, including extensive documentation of the survey methods and procedures, survey instruments, and a bibliography of outputs using the data can be found at:

Journeys Home project
Mark Wooden is the Director of the Journeys Home study, a Government-funded panel study following a sample of around 1,600 Australians facing housing difficulties. The study commenced in 2011 with six survey waves six months apart to be conducted. More information about the study and its outcomes can be found at:

Assessing and Enhancing the Quality of Longitudinal Survey Data
The central aim of this project is to establish a program of research focused on improving the use and usefulness of longitudinal survey data. The project will focus on six distinct issues: (i) the nature and correlates of panel attrition, but with an emphasis on regimes which permit non-monotonic attrition; (ii) the extent of panel conditioning and the conditions under which it arises; (iii) the problem of seam effects when collecting event history data and methods for dealing with this problem; (iv) measurement error due to instrument design and interviewer effects; (v) the quality of imputed data and methods for improving the quality of imputation; and (vi) the effect of mode and especially changes in mode during the course of a panel.

It is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant.

The Chief Investigators are: Mark Wooden, Peter Lynn (University of Essex) and Joachim Frick (German Institute for Economic Research).

SSRN Author Profile

Professor Mark Wooden's SSRN Author Page

Selected Publications


The Transformation of Australian Industrial Relations, Federation Press, Leichhardt (Sydney), 2000.

Productive Relations? Australian Industrial Relations and Workplace Performance, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1992 (with Robert Drago and Judith Sloan).

Australian Immigration: A Survey of the Issues, AGPS, Canberra, 1990 (with Robert Holton, Graeme Hugo and Judith Sloan). [Updated and revised second edition published in 1994.]

Achieving Organizational Effectiveness: Case Studies in the Australian Service Sector, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1988 (with Roy Kriegler, Peter Dawkins and Jane Ryan).

Book Chapters:

'Economic Approaches to Studying Underemployment', in Daniel Feldman and Douglas Maynard (eds), Underemployment: Psychological, Economic, and Social Challenges, Springer, New York, 2011, pp. 13–34 (with Roger Wilkins).

'Identifying Factors Affecting Longitudinal Survey Response', in Peter Lynn (ed.), Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, 2009, pp. 157–181 (with Nicole Watson).

'The Changing Labour Market and its Impact on Work and Employment Relations', in Ron Callus and Russell Lansbury (eds), Working Futures: The Changing Nature of Work and Employment Relations in Australia, Federation Press, Sydney, 2002, pp. 51–69.

'Labour Market Programs', in John Freebairn, Michael Porter and Cliff Walsh (eds), Spending and Taxing: Australian Reform Options, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1987, pp. 146–165 (with Judith Sloan).

Journal Articles:
‘A Demonstration of Set-Points for Subjective Wellbeing’, Journal of Happiness Studies, forthcoming (with Robert Cummins, Ning Li and Mark Stokes).

‘Re-Engaging with Survey Non-Respondents: Evidence from Three Household Panels, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, forthcoming (with Nicole Watson).

‘Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose their Jobs? Industrial Relations, 52(2), April 2013, pp. 582–608 (with Roger Wilkins).

‘The HILDA Survey: A Case Study in the Design and Development of a Successful Household Panel Study’, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 3(3), October 2012, pp. 369–381 (with Nicole Watson).

'Did Australia's Baby Bonus Increase the Fertility Rate?', Population Research and Policy Review, 30(3), June 2011, pp. 381–397 (with Robert Drago, Katina Sawyer, Karina Sheffler and Diana Warren).

'Transitions Out of Casual Employment: The Australian Experience', Industrial Relations, 50(1), January 2011, pp. 109–130 (with Hielke Buddelmeyer).

'Associations between Body Mass Index and Health-Related Quality of Life among Australian Adults', Quality of Life Research, 19(4), May 2010, pp. 515–520 (with Andre Renzaho and Brendan Houng). [DOI 10.1007/s11136-010-9610-z]

Low-paid Employment and Unemployment Dynamics in Australia, The Economic Record 86(272), March 2010, pp. 28–48 (with Hielke Buddelmeyer and Wang-Sheng Lee).

Long Work Hours: Volunteers and Conscripts, British Journal of Industrial Relations 47(3), September 2009, pp. 571–600 (with Robert Drago and David Black).

Who Wants Flexibility? Changing Work Hours Preferences and Life Events, Industrial and Labor Relations Review 62(3), April 2009, pp. 394–414 (with Robert Drago and David Black).

Overskilling, Job Insecurity and Career Mobility: Evidence from Australia, Industrial Relations 48(2), April 2009, pp. 265–286 (with Seamus McGuinness).

Life Satisfaction and the Economic and Social Characteristics of Neighbourhoods, Journal of Population Economics 22(2), April 2009, pp. 421–443 (with Michael Shields and Stephen Wheatley Price).

Working Time Mismatch and Subjective Well-Being, British Journal of Industrial Relations 47(1), March 2009, pp. 147–179 (with Diana Warren and Robert Drago).

The Effects of Household Joblessness on Mental Health, Social Science & Medicine 67(1), July 2008, pp. 88–100 (with Rosanna Scutella).

Money Doesnt Buy Happiness: Or Does It? A Reassessment Based on the Combined Effects of Wealth, Income and Consumption, Social Indicators Research 87(1), May 2008, pp. 65–82 (with Bruce Headey and Ruud Muffels).

Minimum Wages and the Working Poor, Economic Papers 26(4), December 2007, pp. 295–307 (with Roger Wilkins and Seamus McGuinness).

The HILDA Survey and its Contribution to Economic and Social Research (So Far), The Economic Record 83(261), June 2007, pp. 208–231 (with Nicole Watson).

The Structure and Distribution of Wealth in Australia, The Australian Economic Review 38(2), June 2005, pp. 159–175 (with Bruce Headey and Gary Marks).

The Effects of Wealth and Income on Subjective Well-Being and Ill-Being, The Economic Record 80 (Special Issue), September 2004, pp. S24–S33 (with Bruce Headey).

Non-standard Employment and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from the HILDA Survey, The Journal of Industrial Relations 46(3), September 2004, pp. 275–297 (with Diana Warren).

Enterprise Bargaining and Productivity in Australia: What Do We Know? The Economic Record 79(245), June 2003, pp. 245–258 (with Joanne Loundes and Yi-Ping Tseng).

How Temporary are Australias Casual Jobs? Work, Employment and Society 15(4), December 2001, pp. 875–883.

Union Wage Effects in the Presence of Enterprise Bargaining, The Economic Record 77(236), March 2001, pp. 1–18.

Unions and Employment Growth: Panel Data Evidence, Industrial Relations 39(1), January 2000, pp. 88–109 (with Anne Hawke).

Gender Pay Equity and Comparable Worth in Australia: A Reassessment, The Australian Economic Review 32(2), June 1999, pp. 157–171.

The Changing Face of Australian Industrial Relations: A Survey, The Economic Record 74(224), March 1998, pp. 74–88 (with Anne Hawke).

Participation of Non-English-Speaking-Background Immigrants in Work-Related Training, Ethnic and Racial Studies 20(4), October 1997, pp. 830–848 (with Audrey VandenHeuvel).

Absence Penalties and Work Attendance, The Australian Economic Review, No. 112, 4th Quarter 1995, pp. 43–58(with Jeffrey Balchin).

Do Explanations of Absence Differ for Men and Women?, Human Relations 48(11), November 1995, pp. 1309–1329 (with Audrey VandenHeuvel).

Smoking and Absence from Work: Australian Evidence, Social Science and Medicine 41(3), August 1995, pp. 437–446 (with Robert Bush).

Self-Employed Contractors in Australia: How Many and Who Are They?, The Journal of Industrial Relations 37(2), June 1995, pp. 263–280 (with Audrey VandenHeuvel).

The Effect of Trade Unions on the Provision of Training: Australian Evidence, British Journal of Industrial Relations 32(4), December 1994, pp. 565–580 (with Sean Kennedy, Robert Drago and Judith Sloan).

Trade Unions and Quits in Australia, Journal of Labor Research 15(4), Fall 1994, pp. 403–418 (with Meredith Baker).

The Relative Influence of Life-Events and Hassles on Work-Related Injuries: Some Australian Evidence, Human Relations 47(3), March 1994, pp. 283–306 (with Lawson Savery).

Unionization in Australia: Evidence from the AWIRS, The Economic Record 69(206), September 1993, pp. 305–314 (with Jeffrey Balchin).

The Determinants of Labour Absence: Economic Factors and Workgroup Norms Across Countries, Industrial and Labor Relations Review 45(4), July 1992, pp. 764–778 (with Robert Drago).

Workgroups, Efficiency Wages and Work Effort, Journal of Post-Keynesian Economics 14(4), Summer 1992, pp. 497–521 (with Dale Belman and Robert Drago).

The Experience of Refugees in the Australian Labor Market, International Migration Review 25(3), Fall 1991, pp. 514–535.

The Determinants of Participatory Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations 29(2), June 1991, pp. 177–204 (with Robert Drago).

Turnover Down Under: Trade Unions and Exit Behaviour in Australia, The Journal of Industrial Relations 33(2), June 1991, pp. 234–248 (with Robert Drago).