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Measuring employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians


  • Pauline Halchuck

    () (University of South Australia)


This paper presents the results of a logit estimation of employment probabilities for Australia’s Indigenous population using the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). The population is disaggregated by gender and geographic location and separate logit models are estimated for each group. The results indicate that there is substantial heterogeneity across these sub-groups and provide some evidence for incorporating this into employment models and policy outcomes. Further, the findings suggest that individuals located in urban centres will, in fact, be more employable than any other region conditional on their obtaining desired labour market characteristics.

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  • Pauline Halchuck, 2006. "Measuring employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 9(2), pages 201-215, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:9:y:2006:i:2:p:201-215

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    Cited by:

    1. Laurie Brown & Binod Nepal, 2011. "Modelling Potential Impact of Improved Survival of Indigenous Australians on Work-Life Labour Income Gap Between Indigenous and Average Australians," NATSEM Working Paper Series 11/15, University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.

    More about this item


    Economics of Minorities and Races; Employment determination; Job Creation; Demand for Labor; Self-employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J49 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Other


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