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Who cares and does it matter for the labour market? A longitudinal analysis of the labour force status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous carers

Posted on: 25 April, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 2, April 2016 – June 2016
Related to Disability

Hunter B, Gray M, Crawford H (2016)
Who cares and does it matter for the labour market? A longitudinal analysis of the labour force status of Indigenous and non-Indigenous carers
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Approximately 12% of the Australian working-age population is providing unpaid informal care for a person with a disability or a long-term illness, or who is too old to look after themselves (PWD). This paper uses longitudinal data to estimate the effect of providing unpaid care for a PWD on the rates of paid employment of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The proportion of the Indigenous population that requires care is larger than for the Australian population as a whole, and is projected to increase at a faster rate because of the effects of the structural ageing of the Indigenous population. As the Indigenous population is much younger, on average, than the non-Indigenous population, a larger proportion of Indigenous carers are of working age.

The paper also covers the following:

  • Section 2 provides an overview of the Australian census longitudinal dataset and the statistical methods used to estimate the effect of informal care on paid employment.
  • Section 3 describes the labour force status of Indigenous carers and how this compares with non-Indigenous carers.
  • Section 4 presents the results of analysis of the impact of caring on labour force status.
  • Section 5 presents the analysis of the probability of employment.
  • Section 6 describes labour market endowments, and carer and employment transitions.
  • Section 7 provides conclusions from the analyses.

Abstract adapted from Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

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