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Employment Polarisation in Australia

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  • PETER DAWKINS
  • PAUL GREGG
  • ROSANNA SCUTELLA

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Although employment levels in Australia are healthy when compared to those 20 years ago, the distribution of work across households has become more unequal. The present paper measures any polarisation of employment that has taken place in Australian households between 1982 and 2000/01. We find that employment has indeed become polarised across Australian households with most of the polarisation within-household types and not entirely reflecting changes in household size. Particularly worrying is the polarisation found in households with children. This is likely to have consequences for the well-being of future generations. Copyright 2005 The Economic Society Of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 81 (2005)
Issue (Month): 255 (December)
Pages: 336-350

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:81:y:2005:i:255:p:336-350

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  1. Deborah Cobb-Clark & Chris Ryan & Robert Breunig, 2006. "A Couples-Based Approach to the Problem of Workless Families," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 82(259), pages 428-444, December.
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