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Financial stress and Indigenous Australians

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  • Breunig, Robert
  • Hasan, Syed
  • Hunter, Boyd

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We examine the high levels of financial stress among Indigenous populations in Australia. We estimate separate models for the determinants of financial stress for Indigenous and non-Indigenous households and show the importance of separately considering Indigenous disadvantage. We use these models to build equivalence scales for both groups. We find evidence consistent with financial stress being exacerbated by demand-sharing (“humbugging”). The evidence also suggests that financial stress is reduced by engagement in traditional hunting and gathering activities.

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  • Breunig, Robert & Hasan, Syed & Hunter, Boyd, 2018. "Financial stress and Indigenous Australians," GLO Discussion Paper Series 164, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
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    Keywords

    financial stress; hardship; cashflow; equivalence scales; Indigenous poverty;
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    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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