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Travail to No Avail? Working Poverty in Australia Since 2000


  • Joan Rodgers

    () (University of Wollongong)

  • Douglas Robson

    (University of Wollongong)


During the last decade or so Australia has experienced high rates of economic growth and low levels of unemployment, conditions that are expected to have a favourable impact on working people at the lower end of the income distribution. But similar conditions in other countries have been accompanied by unexpectedly high rates of poverty among working people and their dependents. This paper investigates the extent and nature of working poverty in Australia. A recent Senate Inquiry claimed that working poverty is the ‘new face of poverty in post-industrial Australia’. The aim of this paper is to determine whether this claim is valid.

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  • Joan Rodgers & Douglas Robson, 2008. "Travail to No Avail? Working Poverty in Australia Since 2000," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 11(1), pages 7-25, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:11:y:2008:i:1:p:7-25

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    Measurement and Analysis of Poverty; Welfare and Poverty; Labor Force and Employment; Size; and Structure;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure


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