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The Determinants of Employment for Aboriginal People


  • Daly, Anne


This paper examines the employment status of Aboriginal people. It begins by presenting the data from the full-count of the 1986 Census showing that Aboriginal men and women had a lower employment rate (employment to population ratio) than non-Aboriginal men and women in each section-of-State. The results of a formal analysis of employment status using data from the 1 percent section-of-State sample of the Census show that there is a statistically significant negative effect of Aboriginality on the probability of employment. Most of the difference in the employment probabilities between Aborigines and non-Aborigines cannot be explained by differences in the measured endowments of human capital but rather by the different effects of these endowments on the probability of employment for Aborigines. The implications of these results for Aboriginal employment policy are considered in the conclusion. Copyright 1993 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd/University of Adelaide and Flinders University of South Australia

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  • Daly, Anne, 1993. "The Determinants of Employment for Aboriginal People," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(60), pages 134-151, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecp:v:32:y:1993:i:60:p:134-51

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