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Employment Polarisation in Australia

15 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2005  

Peter Dawkins

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Economic and Financial Policy Division

Paul Gregg

University of Bath - Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Rosanna Scutella

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

Abstract

Although employment levels in Australia are healthy when compared to those 20 years ago, the distribution of work across households has become more unequal. The present paper measures any polarisation of employment that has taken place in Australian households between 1982 and 2000/01. We find that employment has indeed become polarised across Australian households with most of the polarisation within-household types and not entirely reflecting changes in household size. Particularly worrying is the polarisation found in households with children. This is likely to have consequences for the well-being of future generations.

Suggested Citation

Dawkins, Peter and Gregg, Paul and Scutella, Rosanna, Employment Polarisation in Australia. Economic Record, Vol. 81, No. 255, pp. 336-350, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857558 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4932.2005.00273.x

Peter Dawkins

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Economic and Financial Policy Division ( email )

Langton Crescent
Melbourne, 2600
Australia

Paul Gregg

University of Bath - Department of Social and Policy Sciences ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA7 2AY
United Kingdom

Rosanna Scutella (Contact Author)

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

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia
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+61 3 8344 5630 (Fax)

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