The impact of children on Australian women's and men's suprannuation

Nick Parr*, Shauna Ferris, Stéphane Mahuteau

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Using data from Wave 2 of the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Aus-tralia (HILDA) Survey, this article examines how superannuation savings by women and men vary according to the numbers of children they have. The results show that for women there is a clear inverse relationship between the value of superannuation and the number of their children. Moreover, this inverse relation-ship persists after controlling for an extensive range of variables which may affect both number of children and superannuation. The analysis also shows that level of education, migrant status, being an employer or self employed, marital status, age and sex are significantly related to an individual's level of superannuation. The implications of the results for Australia's public debate and possible policy responses are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-26
Number of pages24
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


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