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Indigenous employment and the hard policy choices

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  • Bob Gregory

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Over the last three decades Aboriginal employment growth, outside of CDEP, has been extremely disappointing. Indeed, the full-time employment-population ratio remains at about 60 per cent of that of white Australians. We document the nature of employment growth and the data needed to more adequately explain the reasons for this disappointing outcome. We especially highlight the marked differences between employment stocks and flows and the importance of linking these two employment measures together to adequately understand the dynamics of this labour market. If employment prospects are to improve it seems inevitable that Indigenous people will have to move to where employment opportunities exist. The paper highlights the need to think of Indigenous employment and employment policy more in the context of an economic and social system where there can be a considerable geographic separation between the work place for the traditional home.

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  • Bob Gregory, 2006. "Indigenous employment and the hard policy choices," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 9(1), pages 83-93, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:9:y:2006:i:1:p:83-93
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    1. William Coleman, 2009. "“The power of simple theory and important facts”: A Conversation with Bob Gregory," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 16(2), pages 61-92.

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    Keywords

    Labor Economics Policies Labor Force and Employment; Size; and Structure (by industry; occupation; demographic characteristics; etc.) Employment Determination; Job Creation; Demand for Labor; Self-Employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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