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Further Skirmishes in the Poverty War: Income Status and financial stress among Indigenous Australians

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  • Boyd Hunter


    (The Australian National University)

The Poverty Wars started with a coordinated series of skirmishes by the Centre for Independent Studies. One of their main criticism of income-based measures of poverty is that measurement error(i.e. under-reporting) is pronounced for low income earners, especially those who indicate they have an income less than or equal to zero. This paper shows that this claim is not valid for the Indigenous Australians. This paper also presents some evidence of an emerging Indigenous middle class—however, the rates of social ills are unacceptably high even for these'nouveau rich’ Indigenous groups. Another finding is that conventional measures of Indigenous poverty are likely to be robust in small families, but appear to be unreliable for large families,NATSISS allows us to accurately benchmark the top-coding assumptions routinely used in analysis of grouped data. The assumptions used for previous estimates of average income tend to understate Indigenous income disadvantage.

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Article provided by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School in its journal Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 9 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 51-64

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Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:9:y:2006:i:1:p:51-64
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