James Mahmud Rice

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Hello and welcome to my website! I am a sociologist in the Demography And Ageing Unit, Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health, University Of Melbourne. My main research interests lie in the areas of comparative political economy, social stratification, living standards, time use, and demographic change.

At the moment I am working on the development of a system of Australian National Transfer Accounts, based on methodologies developed by the global National Transfer Accounts project. National Transfer Accounts (NTA) have been described as:

A system of macroeconomic accounts that measures current economic flows by age in a manner consistent with the United Nations System of National Accounts. NTA measures age-specific labour income, asset income, consumption, transfers and saving, accounting for flows within households, between households, through the public sector and with the rest of the world. (United Nations Department Of Economic And Social Affairs, National Transfer Accounts Manual: Measuring And Analysing The Generational Economy, United Nations, New York, 2013, page 199)

I am also working on a range of smaller projects on the allocation of income and time. My previous research has been published in journals such as the British Journal Of Sociology, the Journal Of Public Policy, Perspectives On Politics, Science, and Social Indicators Research. A book - Discretionary Time: A New Measure Of Freedom - was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 (with Robert E Goodin, Antti Parpo, and Lina Eriksson). This book was subsequently awarded the 2009 Stein Rokkan Prize For Comparative Social Science Research by the International Social Science Council, the University of Bergen, and the European Consortium for Political Research.

Latest Publication

[Private And Public Consumption Across Generations In Australia]

Private And Public Consumption Across Generations In Australia

Australasian Journal On Ageing, 36(4), December, 2017, pages 279-285 (with Jeromey B Temple and Peter F McDonald)

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