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Reforming Youth Allowance: The "Independent-at-Home" Category


  • Bruce Chapman
  • Kiatanantha Lounkaew


The Review of Australian Higher Education (2008) recommended the elimination of the Youth Allowance (YA) category known as "Independent-at-Home" (IAH), a policy position which has been endorsed by the Australian Government. The concern is students gaining access to YA through this eligibility criterion are not disadvantaged and that consequently this aspect of the system is inequitably targeted. To cast light on this possibility, the research reported here examines the household income circumstances of individuals in the IAH category in a comparison with otherwise similar students. The research methods employed are indirectly due to the lack of available data, but we are able to adjust information from the HILDA survey to address the issue. The evidence is that, in the 2001 to 2006 period, a large proportion of those in the IAH category were not disadvantaged, which is support for the position of the Review and the government's response to it. Copyright (c) 2010 The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • 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.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econpa:v:28:y:2009:i:4:p:304-309

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    1. Buly A Cardak & Chris Ryan, 2006. "Why are high ability individuals from poor backgrounds under-represented at university?," Working Papers 2006.04, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
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    • 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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