Household, Income and Labour Dynamics

This research program prepares and analyses data drawn from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey, known as HILDA.

Research focuses on the design and administration of longitudinal surveys, including HILDA, and on measures of economic well-being, labour market participation and life satisfaction.

The program aims to enhance the quality and usefulness of all survey data collected, and to inform government policy through the analysis of a wide range of economic and social issues.

Current research topics include:

  • Longitudinal survey design and data quality
  • Economic inequality and mobility
  • Labour market dynamics, and
  • Individual health and well-being.

Data and methodology

Members of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics program manage the HILDA Survey.

They also undertake research using data drawn from a variety of national panel studies, including the HILDA Survey, the US Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the British Household Panel Study and the German Socio-Economic Panel.

Program Details


Professor Mark Wooden


This program is funded through grants and research contracts provided by a variety of sources, including the ARC, and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.

Research staff


Recent publications