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The cumulative causation and the productivity commission’s framework for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage


  • Boyd Hunter

    () (The Australian National University)


This paper examines recent evidence on Indigenous social exclusion and attempts to relate it to the Productivity Commission’s Framework for Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage. It is not sufficient to measure the various aspects of disadvantage as we need to understand the pathways into disadvantage and the evolution of more sustainable positive outcomes. Veblen and Myrdal’s models of cumulative causation may be a useful basis for building an understanding of Indigenous disadvantage. This paper presents cross-sectional evidence in order to suggest that the three priority outcome areas identified by the Productivity Commission are sequentially linked rather than being functionally independent.

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  • Boyd Hunter, 2007. "The cumulative causation and the productivity commission’s framework for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 10(3), pages 185-202, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:10:y:2007:i:3:p:185-202

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    Economics of Minorities and Races; Health; Education; and Welfare; Current Heterodox Approaches;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • B59 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Other


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