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Indigenous Jobs Growth and Unemployment, 1996-2006: The Role of CDEP Scheme Jobs


  • Boyd Hunter

    () (Australian National University)

  • John Taylor

    (Australian National University)


An essential policy issue for the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme is to project the likely future demand for places. This paper revisits previous estimates of such demand with the aim of adjusting these to account for subsequent increase in CDEP employment and to incorporate recent estimates of the effect of Indigenous people who are discouraged from seeking work. While changes in the size and structure of the population remain the key factor underlying future demand for CDEP, the revision of the Indigenous labour market dynamics in this article provides new benchmarks for future estimates of general employment needs of Indigenous Australians.

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  • Boyd Hunter & John Taylor, 2000. "Indigenous Jobs Growth and Unemployment, 1996-2006: The Role of CDEP Scheme Jobs," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 4(2), pages 65-76, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:4:y:2001:i:2:p:65-76

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    1. Boyd Hunter & John Taylor, 2004. "Indigenous Employment Forecasts: Implications for Reconciliation," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 11(2), pages 179-192.

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    Labor Force and Employment; Size and Structure; Demographic Economics; Public Policy; Economics of Minorities;

    JEL classification:

    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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