Reliance on Income Support in Australia: Prevalence and Persistence

22 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2003

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Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

R Wilkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Welfare dependence or reliance is widely regarded to have adverse consequences for both the community and welfare recipients, yet there have been few studies of the extent and nature of welfare reliance. Indeed, the concept of welfare reliance does not seem to be well defined. In the present paper, we clarify the meaning of the concept and derive reliance measures consistent with this concept. These measures are applied to describe the extent and nature of reliance on income support payments in Australia of persons aged 15-64 years, using Australian Bureau of Statistics income survey data and Australian government administrative data for income support payments.

Suggested Citation

Tseng, Yi-Ping and Wilkins, Roger, Reliance on Income Support in Australia: Prevalence and Persistence. Economic Record, Vol. 79, pp. 196-217, June 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=417698

Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Roger Wilkins (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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