Reforming Youth Allowance: The “Independent-at- Home” Category
AbstractSeveral of the Youth Allowance eligibility criteria for independent status were subject to severe criticism in the recent Review of Australian Higher Education (2008). Specifically, it seems to be the case that many students are able to qualify for socalled “independent-at-home” financial support even though they may be living in circumstances of relative economic advantage. The paper examines the policy and statistical basis for these claims with the use of data from the HILDA survey and reports apparently strong support for the notion that the rules result in important inequities; the evidence was important to the deliberations of the Review Committee. The Commonwealth Government has recently announced changes to YA consistent with these findings.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 623.
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Youth Allowance; student income support; grants; “independent-athome”’ HILDA.;
Other versions of this item:
- Bruce Chapman & Kiatanantha Lounkaew, 2009. "Reforming Youth Allowance: The "Independent-at-Home" Category," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 28(4), pages 304-309, December.
- I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
- I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
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- NEP-ALL-2009-12-05 (All new papers)
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