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Socioeconomic Differentials of the Aged on Queensland's Gold Coast: Why Education Matters

This is a socioeconomic study of Gold Coast aged residents to explore their access to private resources (wealth, health and social network) by focusing on individual characteristics (gender and education). The analysis tests the hypothesis that socioeconomic differentials exist between men and women aged 65 and over, by conducting a household survey of 401 residents in 1999. Issues specific to Queensland's Gold Coast (e.g. length of residence and accommodation type) were also investigated. The analyses revealed that when segregated into single-person and couple households, more single women were economically disadvantaged than single men, but more single men were found to be socially disadvantaged than single women. Education was significant in explaining socioeconomic differentials in both household types and explained some of the gender differences in single-person households.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia in its series Discussion Papers Series with number 291.

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Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:qld:uq2004:291
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