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A Note on Educational Attainment and Labour Force Participation in Australia

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  • Steven Kennedy

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • David Hedley

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

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    This note examines trends in labour force participation for people with different levels of educational attainment. The note offers insights into the labour market behaviour of people with different skill attributes and discusses the possible implications of a more highly educated workforce. Using census data, we find that while the labour force participation rates of prime age males have fallen for all educational attainment groups between 1981 and 2001, the fall for those males with no post-school qualifications was particularly dramatic. In contrast, female participation rose for all educational attainment categories and for most age groups, though at a slower rate in the 1990s than in the 1980s.

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    Paper provided by The Treasury, Australian Government in its series Treasury Working Papers with number 2003-03.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2003
    Date of revision: Nov 2003
    Handle: RePEc:tsy:wpaper:wpaper_tsy_wp_2003_3
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    1. Guy Debelle & Troy Swann, 1998. "Stylised Facts of the Australian Labour Market," RBA Research Discussion Papers rdp9804, Reserve Bank of Australia.
    2. Borland, Jeff, 1999. "Earnings Inequality in Australia: Changes, Causes and Consequences," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 75(229), pages 177-202, June.
    3. David Gruen & Matthew Garbutt, 2003. "The Output Implications of Higher Labour Force Participation," Treasury Working Papers 2003-02, The Treasury, Australian Government, revised Oct 2003.
    4. James Vickery, 1999. "Unemployment and Skills in Australia," RBA Research Discussion Papers rdp1999-12, Reserve Bank of Australia.
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