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The Determinants of Labour Force Status among Indigenous Australians

  • Benjamin J. Stephens

    (UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia)

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    It is well established that Indigenous Australians are heavily over-represented among Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens. An important component of this disadvantage is the limited and often unsuccessful engagement of Indigenous people with the labour market. To better understand this reality, the present paper explores the forces which influence the labour market status of Indigenous people. For this purpose, multinomial logit regression analysis is used to model labour force status as a function of factors relating to geography, demographic characteristics, education, health, culture, crime and housing issues. The analysis is conducted utilising the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). Particular attention is given to geographic issues, revealing significant variations between the determinants of labour force status in non-remote and remote areas. The results also demonstrate the relevance of a wide range of factors in determining labour force status among Indigenous people, highlighting the complex array of issues which should be considered in attempts to increase employment.

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    Paper provided by The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics in its series Economics Discussion / Working Papers with number 10-11.

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    Length: 47 pages
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:uwa:wpaper:10-11
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    1. Barrett, Garry F, 2002. "The Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Earnings," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 78(240), pages 79-96, March.
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