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Sensitivity of Australian income distributions to choice of equivalence scale: Exploring some parameters of Indigenous incomes

Kennedy, Steven; Smith, Daniel; Hunter, Boyd

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Indigenous families experience substantial and multiple forms of economic burden arising from the size and structure of their families and households. Indigenous households are more likely to have more than one family in residence than other Australian households and are more likely to be multi-generational with older Indigenous people living with younger people in extended family households. Given that equivalence scales attempt to control for family size and composition and the relative costs...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Steven
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorHunter, Boyd
dc.contributor.editorEardley, T
dc.contributor.editorBradbury, B
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialSydney Australia
dc.date.accessioned2002-10-22
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T15:44:09Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:49:02Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T15:44:09Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:49:02Z
dc.date.created2001
dc.identifier.isbn0-7315-4910-4
dc.identifier.issn1442-3871
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41514
dc.description.abstractIndigenous families experience substantial and multiple forms of economic burden arising from the size and structure of their families and households. Indigenous households are more likely to have more than one family in residence than other Australian households and are more likely to be multi-generational with older Indigenous people living with younger people in extended family households. Given that equivalence scales attempt to control for family size and composition and the relative costs of maintaining various families, such differences are likely to be reflected in their income distributions—hence, it is important to consider whether these distributions are affected by using alternative scales. This paper seeks to characterise the economies of household size in Indigenous and other Australian households using equivalence scales that cover the range of feasible values and 1995 National Health Survey data. Furthermore, the extent of reranking in income distribution when using the various scales provides an intuitive benchmark for the sensitivity of the respective distributions. The analysis will be conducted for both households and income units to illustrate potential sensitivities of the results to the inclusion of extended kin networks in the definition of households.
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 11
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectincome distributions
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.subjectIndigenous incomes
dc.subjectfamilies
dc.subjecthouseholds
dc.subjectequivalence scales
dc.subject1995 National Health Survey
dc.subjectranking
dc.titleSensitivity of Australian income distributions to choice of equivalence scale: Exploring some parameters of Indigenous incomes
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear2001
local.identifier.eprintid623
local.rights.ispublishedyes
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub1970
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationCAEPR
dc.relationCompeting Visions National Social Policy Conference
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage192
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage222
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T11:27:27Z
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission to deposit in Open Research received from CAEPR (ERMS2230079)
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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