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Indigenous Labour Supply following a Period of Strong Economic Growth

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  • Boyd Hunter

    () (Australian National University)

  • Matthew Gray

    (Australian National University)

Abstract

This paper provides evidence on changes in the labour force status of Indigenous and other Australians since the mid-1990s, a period of strong macroeconomic growth. The paper expands the standard definitions of labour supply to consider marginally attached workers—people who want to work but who are not currently looking for work. The results suggest that while education is still one of the most important factors, future progress in increasing Indigenous employment requires policy address labour supply issues that discourage people from looking for work, including the ongoing high level of Indigenous interaction with the criminal justice system being addressed.

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  • Boyd Hunter & Matthew Gray, 2012. "Indigenous Labour Supply following a Period of Strong Economic Growth," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 15(2), pages 141-159.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:15:y:2012:i:1:p:141-159
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    1. Hunter, Boyd & Howlett, Monica & Biddle, Nicholas, 2014. "Modelling Exposure to Risk of Experiencing Discrimination in the Context of Endogenous Ethnic Identification," IZA Discussion Papers 8040, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Seçil KAYA BAHÇE & Emel MEMİŞ, 2014. "The Uncounted Who Wish to Work – Distinct to the Unemployed or Similar?," Sosyoekonomi Journal, Sosyoekonomi Society.
    3. repec:wsi:jdexxx:v:17:y:2012:i:03:n:s1084946712500173 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Moshe Justman & Kyle Peyton, 2014. "Enforcing Compulsory Schooling by Linking Welfare Payments to School Attendance: Lessons from Australia’s Northern Territory," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2014n19, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    5. Kyle Peyton & Moshe Justman, 2015. "Credible Enforcement of Compulsory Schooling by Linking Welfare Payments to School Attendance: Lessons from Australia’s Northern Territory," Working Papers 1512, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Economics of Minorities; Non-labor Discrimination; Demographic Trends; Labor Force and Employment; Public Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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